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September 29, 2017

 

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Jazz guitarist Russell Malone  /  Photo:Kuvo.org

 

The role of the guitar in Jazz has been very noteworthy. It parallels the evolution of Jazz in the 20th century – the time when Jazz carved out its new identity as an American musical art form.

 

 

Guitars were used in Jazz from the beginning due to their prior use in marching and military brass bands of the 19th century. As music began to evolve more rapidly during this period of modernism, Jazz in particular, and the role of the Jazz guitar paralleled this evolution.

 

In fact, both the guitar and the piano defined the so much of the music of the 20th century from Blues and Jazz to Rock, Folk, Country and more.   With the advent of amplified instruments, both guitar and piano took on a whole new sound and role in the development of above mentioned genres.

 

 

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Jazz Guitar Virtuoso, Charlie Christian / Photo: AllaboutJazz

 

In 1940, Charlie Christian, (July 29, 1916-March 2, 1942).  and his electrically amplified Gibson ES 50 allowed the guitar to be a solo instrument that could be heard alongside the saxophone and trumpet and the piano-bass-drums rhythm section. A virtuoso player, widely considered the “father” of the electric Jazz guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz.

 

He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra. His single-string technique, combined with amplification, helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument.

 

Today Jazz guitar is a established component of the Jazz repertoire. Some of Jazz’s most essential artists are or have been guitarists. These include not only Charlie Christian but Gypsy Jazz/Manouche guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, , Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Detroit’s own Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin and many others including Russell Malone who returns to the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14. He’ll be with his quartet, which consists of Rick Germanson (piano), Luke Sellick (bass) and Brandon sanders (drums).

 

 

 

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Russell Malone on guitar with Ron Carter on bass at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Festival

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Malone is one of the most significant and well-rounded guitarists in Jazz today. He has a broad background in playing many subgenres in the idiom with various key Jazz style makers. This allowed him to develop an understanding of the basic structure of these styles that all come together in his approach to the music in general.

 

These include collaborations he has had with such influential artists as: Bluesman B.B. King, Jazz organ icon, Jimmy Smith, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins and many others. He’s also been prolific in the studio as a leader and a sideman with more than 15 albums recorded under his own name.

 

 

If you’re Jazz guitar fan, you won’t want to miss Russell Malone and his quartet, October 13-14 at the Dirty Dog. For reservations and information call 313-882-5299.

 

 

 

Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.

 

 

 

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