So what happens after the roaring twenties for the guitar in Jazz ? Torchbearers Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang paved the way for an explosion of guitar innovation fresh from Paris France in the form of Django Reinhardt, violinist Stéphane Grappelli plus Reinhardt’s brother Joseph and Roger Chaput on guitar. These cats used the first ever cutaway guitar – The Selmer.
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Jazz, Blues, 78 rpm and Guitar solos
So what has all this got to do with guitars. Absolutely nothing except to say that parallel to the blues tradition that is most often talked about with regard to the history of music runs the tradition of the early twentieth century Jazz bands. The original Dixie Land Jass Band are credited with being the first to record a commercial jazz music recording and here is their version of the Tiger Rag. Im fortunate enough to own a copy of this hot number on `78! Groovy.