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Jazz Guitar Players

The Encylopedia of Jazz Guitarists – an ever growing list of the best jazz guitar players in the world.  Please contact us on facebook if you have any suggestions for players past or present missing from the page.

Emily Remler

Emily Remler

Emily Remler Birth Name Emily Remler Born September 18, 1957, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, United States Died May 4, 1990 (aged 32), Sydney, Australia Genres

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David Torn

David Torn

David Torn Birth Name David M. Torn Born May 26, 1953, Amityville, New York, U.S. Age 67 Genres Jazz, Jazz Fusion Instruments Guitar Lebel ECM

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Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny Birth Name Patrick Bruce Metheny Born August 12, 1954, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, U.S. Age 66 Genres Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Latin Jazz, Progressive Jazz

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Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell Birth Name Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III Born April 2, 1943, Galveston, Texas, U.S. Died February 19, 2017 (aged 73), New York City

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Joe Pass

Joe Pass

Joe Pass Birth Name Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua Born January 13, 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S. Died May 23, 1994 (aged 65), Los Angeles,

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Tiny Grimes

Tiny Grimes

Tiny Grimes Birth Name Lloyd Grimes Born July 7, 1916, Newport News, Virginia, U.S. Died March 4, 1989 (aged 72), New York City Genres Jazz

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Oscar Moore

Oscar Moore

Oscar Moore Birth Name Oscar Frederic Moore Born December 25, 1916, Austin, Texas, U.S. Died October 8, 1981 (aged 64), Clark, Nevada Genres Jazz Instruments

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Charlie Byrd

Charlie Byrd

Charlie Byrd Birth Name Charlie Lee Byrd Born September 16, 1925, Suffolk, Virginia, U.S. Died December 2, 1999 (aged 74), Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. Genres Bossa

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Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang Birth Name Salvatore Massaro BORN October 25, 1902, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. DIED March 26, 1933 (aged 30), New York City GENRES Jazz, Swing,

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Eddie Durham

Eddie Durham

Eddie Durham Birth Name Eddie Durham BORN August 19, 1906, San Marcos, Texas, U.S. DIED March 6, 1987 (aged 80), New York City GENRES Jazz

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Carl Kress

Carl Kress

Carl Kress Birth Name Carl Kress BORN October 20, 1907, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. DIED June 10, 1965, Reno, Nevada GENRES Jazz Instruments Guitar Associated

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Julian Lage

Julian Lage Birth Name Julian Lage Born December 25, 1987 Santa Rosa, California, U.S. Age 32 Years Genres Jazz Instruments Guitar Associated acts Gary Burton,

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Grant Green

Grant Green Birth Name Grant Green Born June 6, 1935 St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Died January 31, 1979 (aged 43) New York City Genres Jazz,

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Danny Gatton

Danny Gatton Birth Name Daniel Wood Gatton Jr. Born September 4, 1945 Washington, D.C., US Died October 4, 1994 (aged 49) Newburg, Maryland Genres Blues,

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Andy Summers

Andy Summers Birth Name Andrew James Somers Born 31 December 1942 Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England Age 77 Years Genres Rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, new wave,

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Tommy Tedesco

Tommy Tedesco Birth Name Thomas J. Tedesco Born July 3, 1930 Niagara Falls, New York, U.S. Died November 10, 1997 (aged 67) Northridge, California Genres

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George Benson

George Benson Birth Name George Washington Benson Born April 4, 1913 Age 85 Years Genres Jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, funk Instruments Vocals, guitar Associated

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Earl Klugh

Earl Klugh Birth Name Earl Klugh Born September 16, 1953 Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Age 66 Years Genres Smooth jazz, jazz fusion Instruments Guitar Associated acts

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Robben Ford

Robben Ford Birth Name Robben Lee Ford Born December 16, 1951 (age 68) Woodlake, California, U.S. Age 68 Years Genres Blues, jazz, fusion, rock Instruments

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John Scofield

John Scofield

John Scofield Birth Name John Scofield Born December 26, 1951 Dayton, Ohio, U.S. Age 68 Years Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, acid jazz Instruments Guitar Associated

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Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed Birth Name Jerry Reed Hubbard Born March 20, 1937 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Died September 1, 2008 (aged 71) Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. Genres Country,

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Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery Birth Name John Leslie Montgomery Born March 6, 1923 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Died June 15, 1968 (aged 45) Indianapolis, Indiana Genres Jazz Instruments

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Herb Ellis

Herb Ellis Birth Name Mitchell Herbert Ellis Born August 4, 1921 Died March 28, 2010 Genres Jazz, swing, cool jazz, West Coast jazz Instruments Guitar

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Kenny Burrell

Kenny Burrell Birth Name Kenneth Earl Burrell Born July 31, 1931 Age 88 year Genres Jazz, blues, soul-jazz Instruments Guitar Associated acts Jimmy Smith, Stanley

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João Gilberto

João Gilberto Birth Name João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira Born 10 June 1931 Died July 2019 (aged 88) Genres Bossa nova, samba, Latin jazz

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Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt Birth Name Jean Reinhardt Born 23 January 1910 Died 16 May 1953 (aged 43) Genres Jazz, gypsy jazz, bebop, Romani music Instruments Guitar,

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Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian Birth Name Charles Henry Christian BORN July 29, 1916 
Bonham, Texas, U.S. DIED March 2, 1942 (aged 25) 
Staten Island, New York GENRES Jazz, Swing Instruments

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