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Jimmy Ponder

Primary Instrument: Guitar

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

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
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    What's New

    HighNote
    2005
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    Mean Streets - No Bridges

    HighNote
    1987
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    So Many Stars

    HighNote
    1985
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    Down Here On The Ground

    HighNote
    1984
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    Los Grandes Del Jazz 28

    HighNote
    1981
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    Ponder'n

    HighNote
    1981
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