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Johnny Smith

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: June 25, 1922 | Died: June 11, 2013    

Johnny Smith

Guitarist Johnny Smith's career spans the decades of the 1940's through the 1990's. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, Benedetto, and the Heritage all have their signature Johnny Smith high end models as a tribute to this master.

John Henry Smith, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1922 and was only five years old when he became fascinated with the guitar. His father played five-string banjo but guitar was John's first and lasting love. Initially he was frustrated by the lack of a guitar teacher or instruction manuals: determined to master the instrument, he taught himself to play. Many outstanding and individual jazz soloists have fallen back on the empirical method for the same reason as Smith and emerged with wholly distinctive sounds. In 1935 the Smith family moved to Portland, Maine: Johnny was 13 and good enough to play in local bands....
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Source: James Nadal

  • The Sound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar

    Roulette Jazz
    2007
  • San Francisco Bay Jazz

    Self Produced
    2006
  • Spring Is Here : The Guitar Genius Of Johnny Smith

    Scandia
    2006
  • Walk, Don't Run!

    Roulette Jazz
    2005
  • Moonlight In Vermont

    Roulette Jazz
    2004
  • The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions

    Mosaic Records
    2002
  • Johnny Smith's Kaleidoscope

    Scandia
    1968
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