Celebrating Randall William “Randy” Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) an American heavy metal guitarist and devoted student of classical guitar, combining the two in his distinct style with Ozzy Osbourne’s band.
Celebrating James Stanley “Jim” Hall (December 4, 1930 – December 10, 2013) an American jazz guitarist born in Buffalo, NY. Premier Guitar magazine wrote, “It could be argued that the jazz guitar tree is rooted in four names: Django, Charlie, Wes, and Jim”.
Celebrating Hubert Charles Sumlin (November 16, 1931 – December 4, 2011), a Chicago blues guitarist, born in Greenwood, Mississippi, best known for his “wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and daring rhythmic suspensions” as a member of Howlin’ Wolf’s band.
Celebrating Tal Wilkenfeld (born December 2, 1986) an Australian bassist and guitarist who has performed alongside rock and jazz musicians including Jeff Beck, Prince, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and others.
Celebrating Michael Alden Hedges (December 31, 1953 – December 2, 1997), an American acoustic guitarist from Sacramento, CA, known for his use of advanced techniques and percussive slapping on the guitar body.
Celebrating Odetta Holmes (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008), known as Odetta, an American singer, actress, guitarist, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”.
Celebrating John Francis Anthony “Jaco” Pastorius III (December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987), an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist.
Celebrating Jennifer Batten (born November 29, 1957) an American guitarist who has worked as a session musician and solo artist. Batten played with Michael Jackson’s world tours, and toured and recorded with Jeff Beck.
Celebrating Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) an American country and western singer and guitarist born in Rosewood, Kentucky. He made an art form of his unique style of finger-picking.
Celebrating James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) an American rock guitarist from Seattle, WA, widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music.