Celebrating Earl “Chinna” Smith (born August 6, 1955), a Jamaican guitarist active since the late 1960s. He is most well known for his work with the Soul Syndicate band.
Celebrating Lizzie Douglas (June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973), known as Memphis Minnie, a blues guitarist whose recording career lasted from the 1920s to the 1950s. Among her best known songs were “Bumble Bee” and “When the Levee Breaks.”
Celebrating Allan Holdsworth (August 6, 1946 – April 15, 2017), a British guitarist best known for his work in jazz fusion. Holdsworth was known for his vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos using a legato soloing technique stemming from his original desire to play the saxophone.
Celebrating Baden Powell de Aquino, usually known simply as Baden Powell (August 6, 1937 – September 26, 2000), one of the most prominent and celebrated Brazilian guitarists and guitar composers of his time.
Celebrating Leonard Harold “Lenny” Breau (August 5, 1941 – August 12, 1984), born in Auburn, Maine, but moved with his family to Canada in 1948. He employed fingerstyle techniques not often used in jazz guitar. A documentary entitled The Genius of Lenny Breau was produced in 1999 which includes interviews with Chet Atkins, Ted Greene, […]
Celebrating Marissa Paternoster (born August 1, 1986) a singer and guitarist active in New Jersey’s New Brunswick music scene. She is the singer and guitarist in the bands Screaming Females and Noun.
Celebrating Suzanne “Suzi” Gardner (born August 1, 1960), an American guitarist and vocalist from the band L7 born in Altus, OK.
Celebrating Stanley Jordan (born July 31, 1959), an American jazz guitarist from Chicago, IL, whose technique involves tapping his fingers on the fretboard of the guitar with both hands.
Celebrating Kenneth Earl “Kenny” Burrell (born July 31, 1931), an American jazz guitarist from Detroit, MI, known for his Blue Note label recordings. Burrell is a professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Celebrating George “Buddy” Guy (born July 30, 1936), an American blues guitarist born in Lettsworth, LA. Guy played with Chicago greats Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, and as a house guitarist at Chess Records.