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Jimmy Ponder

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: May 10, 1946 | Died: October 16, 2013    

Jimmy Ponder

An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught musician, began playing guitar when he was 14 and considers Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell to be his two main early influences and Thornel Schwartz later on. After hearing Montgomery, he would abandon the use of a pick and, like his mentor, play with his thumb. Offered a job with Charles Earland after having only played guitar three years, Ponder waited until he graduated from high school and then spent three years with the organist's group, recording several dates with Earland...
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  • Somebody's Child

    HighNote Records
    2007
    BUY
  • What's New

    HighNote
    2005
    BUY
  • Mean Streets - No Bridges

    HighNote
    1987
    BUY
  • So Many Stars

    HighNote
    1985
    BUY
  • Down Here On The Ground

    HighNote
    1984
    BUY
  • Los Grandes Del Jazz 28

    HighNote
    1981
    BUY
  • Ponder'n

    HighNote
    1981
    BUY
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