Category: Makers of Music

… we are the dreamers of dreams

Charlie Christian Centennial

Charlie Christian, born on this day (July 29th) in 1916. Listen to Kevin Whitehead’s tribute on NPR’s Fresh Air. The excellent Charlie Christian site Solo Flight returned just in time for the centennial, after a seven year hiatus. And if you’d like a tutorial on Christian’s style, check out Garry Hansen’s Charlie Christian – Legend of the Jazz Guitar, courtesy… Read more →

Supposedly, Jim Hall placed a sign inside his guitar case so he would see it every time he took out his guitar. The sign said, “Make musical sense.” This story made an important impression on me. If Jim Hall (whose playing always makes sense to me) had to remind himself to make sense, certainly the rest of us would benefit from this advice.

Mick Goodrick in Guitar Player magazine, January 1992