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Jimmy Ponder

Born: May 10, 1946 | Died: September 16, 2013    Primary Instrument: Guitar

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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As a leader

1969 - Soul Crib (Choice)
1973 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Cadet)
1976 - Illusions (ABC)
1978 - White Room (ABC)
1978 - All Things Beautiful (LRC)
1983 - So Many Stars (Milestone) 1987 - Mean Streets: No Bridges (Muse)
1988 - Jump (Muse)
1990 - Come on Down (Muse)
1991 - Soul Eyes (Muse) 1991 - To Reach a Dream (Muse)
1994 - Something to Ponder (Muse)
1997 - James Street (High Note)
1998 - Steel City Soul (compilation of the Muse recordings) (32 Jazz)
1998 - Guitar Christmas (High Note)
2000 - Ain't Misbehavin' (High Note)
2001 - Thumbs Up (High Note)
2003 - Alone (High Note)
2005 - What's New (High Note)
2007 - Somebody's Child (Highnote)

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