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Guitarist Johnny Smith's career spans the decades of the 1940's through the 1990's. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, Benedetto, and the Heritage all have their signature Johnny Smith high end models as a tribute to this master. John Henry Smith, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1922 and was only five years old when he became fascinated with the guitar. His father played five-string banjo but guitar was John's first and lasting love

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Article: Play This!

Johnny Smith featuring Stan Getz: Moonlight In Vermont

Read "Johnny Smith featuring Stan Getz: Moonlight In Vermont" reviewed by Chris May


The last word in glacial serenity, this version of Karl Suessdorf's “Moonlight In Vermont" was, as a single on the Roost label, a bigtime jukebox and radio hit for Johnny Smith and Stan Getz in 1952. At the time both musicians were salaried musicians at NBC radio and TV studios in New York. In all, in ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Louis Stewart's Out On His Own: A Landmark Solo Guitar Recording

Read "Louis Stewart's Out On His Own: A Landmark Solo Guitar Recording" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Dublin's finest export? Not Guinness, but Irish jazz guitarist Louis Stewart (January 5, 1944--August 20, 2016). A guitarist of tremendous skill, invention and personality, Stewart was certainly the first world-class jazz musician to emerge from Ireland and make a name on the international stage. During a fifty-plus-year career, Stewart played with Benny Goodman, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge

Read "Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge" reviewed by Steven Roby


This episode of Backstage Jazz features an interview with legendary jazz pianist and former Denver Public Schools Music Educator, Neil Bridge. Joining him is his wife and Muse, Vocalist/Collaborator Karen Lee Bridge. Neil Bridge is a legendary Jazz Pianist, composer, arranger, band leader, musical director, and former DPS music educator. Throughout his illustrious career, ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Johnny Smith's birthday today! Guitarist Johnny Smith's career spans the decades of the 1940's through the 1990's. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, ...

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Article: Album Review

Louis Stewart: Out On His Own

Read "Out On His Own" reviewed by Ian Patterson


In his lifetime, Irish guitarist Louis Stewart was probably more celebrated abroad than at home, winning the Best Soloist prize at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968, playing in the house band at Ronnie Scott's and touring with Benny Goodman, J.J. Johnson and George Shearing. His third album, his extraordinary solo opus Out On His Own, was ...

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Article: Interview

Leonard E. Jones: Taking Control Of Destiny

Read "Leonard E. Jones: Taking Control Of Destiny" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


Bassist and photographer Leonard E. Jones laid the foundation of his musical and artistic ideas as an original member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The AACM ranks as the most well-known and influential organization of the 1960s under African American leadership that created American experimental music through challenging “racialized limitations on venues ...

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Album Review

Petra van Nuis: Lonely Girl - I Remember Julie

Read "Lonely Girl - I Remember Julie" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Julie London made a name for herself as an actress and a singer during the '50s and '60s. Today, however, her legacy as a singer overshadows her acting career. During her lifetime, she released around thirty albums, and several of the recordings still continue to influence jazz performers. Chicago-based singer Petra van Nuis is among these, ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Johnny Smith's birthday today! Guitarist Johnny Smith's career spans the decades of the 1940's through the 1990's. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, ...


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