Wes Montgomery made jazz magic strumming the strings with his thumb

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When many people think about the guitar, one of the most popular and most played 20th century instruments, they don’t jump instantly to its place in jazz, instead thinking first of its role in blues, folk and rock music. Similarly, there are hundreds of names consistently mentioned in ubiquitous “all-time greatest guitarists” lists. Wes Montgomery—who was inspired by an earlier jazz great, Charlie Christian—was a master of the guitar in jazz, yet rarely does he top any of the aforementioned lists.  

So we will dive into this #BlackMusicSunday with Montgomery and jazz guitar, and follow up in the weeks ahead in May with guitarists from other genres.

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