We’d already made our selection when we discovered this page. So, if you want to learn more about the jazz guitarists of the late 20s through to the early 40s, please read it.
In short, you’ll have heard of Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt, but possibly not of the earlier and contemporary, pre-WWII, guitarists, most of whom, like Charlie Christian, made their reputations in the bands of others.
Unfortunately, no live footage of Charlie Christian has surfaced, but this video has photos of him plus Lester Young (tenor saxophone) Count Basie (piano), Harry Edison (trumpet) Benny Goodman (clarinet), Arthur Bernstein (bass) and Nick Fatool (drums) at Carnegie Hall, NYC, on December 24, 1939. We bet you can’t keep still!
Al Casey – Buck Still Jumps
Allan Reuss – I Never Knew
Bernard Addison – Toledo Shuffle
Carl Kress – Peg Leg Shuffle
George Barnes – Blue Lou
George Van Eps – I Wrote it For Jo
Ikey Robinson (aka Banjo Joe) – My Four Reasons
Jimmy Shirley – Jimmy’s Blues
John Cali & Tony Guttuso – Satan Takes A Holiday
John Trueheart – Lonesome Moments
Les Paul – Moten Swing
Nick Lucas – Teasing The Frets
Remo Palmieri – Blues a la Red
Sarane Ferret et Le Quintette de Paris – Surprise Party
Ted Tinsley – Gravel Pit Stomp
Teddy Bunn – Blues Without Words
Wilton Crawley – She’s Forty With Me
And the last shall be first: note that these are listed in alphabetical rather than chronological order