Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery

About Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery started to teach himself guitar in 1943 (using his thumb rather than a pick) and toured with Lionel Hampton during 1948-1950. In 1960 the release of his album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery made him famous in the jazz world. He was one of the great jazz guitarists, a natural extension of Charlie Christian, whose appealing use of octaves became influential and his trademark. He achieved great commercial success during his last few years. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack at the height of his success. However, Montgomery's influence is still felt on many young guitarists. ~ Scott Yanow

  • HOMETOWN
    Indianapolis, IN
  • BORN
    March 6, 1923

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