5 Pages For Classic Jazz Guitar Addicts

1. Classic Jazz Guitar

This site is probably the best classic jazz guitar archive on the web. It concentrates on jazz guitar players from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. Every listed guitarist is covered at least with a short but thorough biography. Some biographies are supplemented with links, discography, listening samples and picture galleries. A good starting point for every lover of classic jazz guitar.

Classic Jazz Guitar

2. Jazz Guitar Primer: An Introduction to Jazz Guitar Music

This extensive blog article takes you on time travel. It starts in the early 20th century with George Van Eps and continues with Charlie Christian, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Pat Martino, John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny. Each guitarist is presented with a short biography, essential listening and publications. A good chance to follow the development of jazz guitar over the decades.

An Introduction To Jazz Guitar

3. Soft Flight – The Charlie Christian Web Site

Before you visit this Charlie Christian site be warned! You may spend several hours on it. It covers literally all aspects of Charlie Christian’s short life and career in detail. The discography even mentions over how many bars Charlie Christian played his solos. Speaking of solos: the site includes several transcriptions of Charlie Christian’s solos. Besides that you’ll find a chronology of his life, a detailed calendar covering the years from 1939 – 1941, a great photo gallery and much more.

Charlie Christian Web Site

4. Howard Roberts Site

Howard Roberts Site

The Howard Roberts Site is very comprehensive and a must for every one who loves the music of Howard Roberts. It tracks down all aspects of Roberts’ playing. The discography not only includes his recordings as leader and sideman but also his work for television and movies. There are also some pop credits from the time when he was working as a studio guitarist.

5. The 100 Best Jazz Guitarists

The 100 Best Jazz Guitarists

When it comes to music I don’t believe in rankings. Music is not sports. That’s why I only reluctantly mention the list of the 100 Greatest Jazz Guitarists. But it has a feature that makes it noteworthy. For 50 guitarists there’s a listening sample. This gives you a good and varied audio impression of different jazz guitar players.

Guitarist Howard Roberts: A Jazz Musician Who Made The Hits Sound Good

Jazz Guitarist Howard Roberts

Thanks to the music documentary The Wrecking Crew many great Los Angeles studio musicians of the nineteen-sixties get more and more recognition. But one important guitar player has been overlooked: Howard Roberts.

Musicians like drummers Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine, electric bassist Carol Kaye, guitarists Tommy Tedesco and Billy Strange or keyboardist Don Randi slowly get some recognition. More and more music lovers start to understand how much these versatile musicians contributed to popular music.

But “Lost & Sound” reader Scott pointed out, that jazz guitarist Howard Roberts’s work as a studio sideman has been overlooked. He’s right. Like jazz guitarist Barney Kessel, also Howard Roberts (October 2nd, 1929 – June 28th, 1992) contributed his priceless playing to pop hits, movie and tv scores.

Howard Roberts was very busy recording with Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Peggy Lee and adding his guitar to movie soundtracks like “Bullitt” and “Dirty Harry”. But still he had the time to pursue his own career performing and recording as jazz guitarist. And he was also a dedicated teacher.

A good starting point to read more about Howard Roberts and listen to his music is Mike Evan’s Howard Roberts Site.

The Birth Of A Beach Boys Song: Brian Wilson And Studio Musicians At Work

This lovely video re-creates the making of the Beach Boys song Salt Lake City. It gives a rare insight into the way Brain Wilson used to produce songs together with the great Los Angeles studio musicians in the sixties. Some of the best play on this song: Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, Plas Johnson, Howard Roberts and many more. Here’s a bit for trivia lovers: guitarist Billy Strange for once plays the tambourine.