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Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson was the “governor” of blues guitar in the 1920’s. His playing combined incredibly fast melodic runs with evocative blues licks. His playing was the forerunner of jazz and rock guitar. Lonnie Johnson’s playing is highly challenging, provocative and exciting. His recordings from the 1920s were highly influential among bluesmen and widely imitated. His incredible skill on the fingerboard also made him popular among jazz players. Lonnie recorded countless solo records as well as accompanying Texas Alexander, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Eddie Lang. Though he did not possess a country blues background, the New Orleans-born guitarist exemplified a high caliber of musicianship while retaining a strong feeling for the blues

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education

Read "To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I've been thinking a lot about how jazz is taught recently. I realize now, my search for a real musical education was not a simple thing, but a series of life changing moments. My son, on the other hand, is planning to study music in college after he finishes high school. Though it would fill his ...

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Guitarists Marty Grosz And Howard Alden This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Guitarists Marty Grosz And Howard Alden This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, two contemporary giants of jazz guitar, Marty Grosz and Howard Alden, join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a show devoted to pioneers of jazz guitar: Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough and Django Reinhardt. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

All About Jazz is celebrating Lonnie Johnson's birthday today! Lonnie Johnson was the “governor” of blues guitar in the 1920’s. His playing combined incredibly fast melodic runs with evocative blues licks. His playing was the forerunner of jazz and rock guitar. Lonnie Johnson’s playing is highly challenging, provocative and exciting. His recordings from the 1920s were ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

All About Jazz is celebrating Lonnie Johnson's birthday today! Lonnie Johnson was the “governor” of blues guitar in the 1920’s. His playing combined incredibly fast melodic runs with evocative blues licks. His playing was the forerunner of jazz and rock guitar. Lonnie Johnson’s playing is highly challenging, provocative and exciting. His recordings from the 1920s were ...

NEWS: RADIO

Guitar Pioneers This Week On Rivewalk Jazz

Guitar Pioneers This Week On Rivewalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, two contemporary giants of jazz guitar, Marty Grosz and Howard Alden, join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a show devoted to pioneers of jazz guitar: Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough and Django Reinhardt. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

All About Jazz is celebrating Lonnie Johnson's birthday today! Lonnie Johnson - guitar, multi instrumentalist, vocalist (1899 - 1970) Lonnie Johnson was the “governor” of blues guitar in the 1920’s. His playing combined incredibly fast melodic runs with evocative blues licks. His playing was the forerunner of jazz and rock guitar. Lonnie Johnson’s playing is highly ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Mark Miller: Way Down That Lonesome Road - Lonnie Johnson in Toronto 1965-1970

Read "Mark Miller: Way Down That Lonesome Road - Lonnie Johnson in Toronto 1965-1970" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Way Down That Lonesome Road: Lonnie Johnson in Toronto 1965-1970Mark MillerPaper; 160 pagesISBN 978-1-55128-148-3The Mercury Press2011 The life of singer and guitarist Lonnie Johnson has been chronicled well enough for a blues performer. But leave it to Mark Miller to find an adjunct ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

All About Jazz is celebrating Lonnie Johnson's birthday today! Lonnie JohnsonLonnie Johnson - guitar, multi instrumentalist, vocalist (1899 - 1970) Lonnie Johnson was the “governor” of blues guitar in the 1920’s. His playing combined incredibly fast melodic runs with evocative blues licks... more Website | Photos | Articles Follow ...

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Another Night To Cry

Featuring the music of Lonnie Johnson
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