Johnny Smith died last week. He was one of the greatest musicians and one of the kindest people I’ve met. His albums and books are a huge influence on my playing. I highly recommend checking out all his stuff, and here’s feature from the Colorado Springs Independent from a few years ago for more info on the man himself.
Cannonball Adderley performs and is interview for the PBS series “The Subject is Jazz” with an introduction by Dr. Billy Taylor.
There’s a nice selection of Brazilian and jazz transcriptions for guitar at A Guitarist’s Notebook.
Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN is selling Freddie Green’s original 1940 Stromberg Master 400.
Jeff Ellwood has two free ebooks of The Music of Jerry Bergonzi. I’m really digging “Reharmonized Standards”, and I’m sure Doug Carmichael and I will add a few tunes from the book of originals to our rotation.
These books have Jerry’s blessing, and were released for free at his suggestion. Hopefully this starts a trend amongst the current vanguard of jazz. I’d love to see current trends documented and available for study, especially with the involvement of their creators.