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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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Albums

Somebody's Child
Somebody's Child
HighNote Records
2007
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What's New
HighNote
2005
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Mean Streets - No...
HighNote
1987
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So Many Stars
HighNote
1985
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Down Here On The...
HighNote
1984
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Los Grandes Del Jazz...
HighNote
1981
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