Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery



John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968)[1] was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt[2] and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others. Montgomery was known for an unusual technique of plucking the strings with the side of his thumb which granted him a distinctive sound.

He often worked with organist Jimmy Smith, and with his brothers Buddy (piano and vibes) and Monk (bass guitar). His recordings up to 1965 were generally oriented towards hard bop, soul jazz and post bop, while circa 1965 he began recording more pop-oriented instrumental albums that featured less improvisation but found mainstream success. His later-career guitar style is a major influence on fusion and smooth jazz.



Smokin' at the Half Note
Smokin' at the Half Note is the second collaboration jazz album recorded by Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio and released in 1965.
Bumpin' is the thirteenth album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1965.
Goin' Out of My Head
Goin' Out of My Head is the fifteenth album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson, it was released in 1966.
A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life is the eighteenth album by guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1967.

Photos - Wes Montgomery34

Popular Albums59

Album Appearances & References29

Popular Songs1

Popular Live Albums1

Song Appearances & References6

Musical Group References1

Musical Groups1

Collaborators & Influencers27

Other Music-Related Relationships25

Personal & Professional Relationships2

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

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Spotify - Albums & Singles399


Spotify - Appears On20


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles18

Nick Colionne - No Limits
  –  July 10, 2017
With the addition of his rich baritone voice, the fresh tracks on No Limits incorporate the many musical influences (including Wes Montgomery) Colionne has had throughout his career. The eclectic visions of two of his longtime bandmembers -- keyboardist ...
Jazz Up Your Blues with 14 Free Guitar Lessons
  –  July 7, 2017
Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and George Benson are just three of many killer players who were blowing minds with jazzed up pentatonic lines back when most of us were just sparkles in our parents eyes. Similar to most jazz forms, this style is more ...
B-3 organ great Caesar Frazier brings big comeback to Bay Area
  –  July 6, 2017
He found a thriving jazz scene that revolved around organists and guitarists. While the great Wes Montgomery, an Indianapolis native, had already passed on, Grant Green was still very much on the scene, as were B-3 masters Richard “Groove” Holmes ...
The finest in jazz from the 60s & 70s selected by Earth Wind and Fire's Ralph Johnson.
  –  July 5, 2017
This opening episode includes Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery's swingin' take on the standard Down By The Riverside alongside records by Cannonball Adderley, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, Ahmad Jamal & Quincy Jones.
Tom Hensley takes a trip back 50 years ago, to the summer of love in Indiana
  –  July 5, 2017
Tom: Absolutely, when I was in high school I would drive to Indianapolis to catch the after-hours, last set at 2 a.m. with Wes Montgomery at the Missile Room. It was Wes, with Paul Parker and Melvin Rhyne. None of Wes’ records ever captured the ...
Jazz review: George Benson at Ronnie Scott’s, W1
  –  July 5, 2017
In a curious way, he had come full circle. When he first played Ronnie Scott’s, 40-odd years ago, George Benson was a versatile young guitarist who was emerging as the heir to Wes Montgomery. Pop stardom was still some way off. Now, at the age of 74 ...
Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar Vintage Sunburst
  –  July 5, 2017
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Gibson 2015 Wes Montgomery L-5 CES Electric Hollowbody
  –  July 4, 2017
It's difficult to comprehend one guitar player having such a profound influence on any one musical genre, much less one as conspicuously diverse as jazz music. Yet in the span of just a few years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, jazz legend Wes ...
Emily Remler: The Short Life and Sad Death of a Jazz Guitarist
  –  July 2, 2017
From 1976 to 1979 she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she began to listen to jazz guitarists, including Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Herb Ellis, Pat Martino, and Joe Pass. Like other guitarists who started out with rock but have ...
Something for everyone at the Green Show
  –  July 1, 2017
and the U.S. 8: Fantasia Performing Arts Center, Chinese opera dance and traditional music 9: La Victoria, roots music from Mexico, Latin America, and the U.S. 11: Ed Dunsavage Trio, tribute to jazz guitarists Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell
Ramsey Lewis review – grandmaster of jazz delivers wit, warmth and poignancy
  –  June 30, 2017
He soon reminds his audience of those collaborations with an account of Tequila Mockingbird (“The label named it,” he announces mock apologetically) in which the Wes Montgomery-like guitarist Henry Johnson and bassist Joshua Ramos set up an ...
  –  June 30, 2017
Jazz appreciation is an ongoing process and in-order to appreciate jazz, there is a need for some understanding of the music and a little knowledge of those who made it famous. We have covered many areas of jazz thus far, and have featured several jazz ...
Seven Jazz Leeds, programme for July / August 2017.
  –  June 29, 2017
Jazz, blues, funk and Latin paying homage to Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, John Patton, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Smith, George Benson. A showcase for this rarely heard group instrumentation. Sunday afternoon 16 July @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5 ...
50th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival
  –  June 29, 2017
The first concert participants were mostly straight forward Jazz Artist. It included The Thelonius Monk Quartet, Wes Montgomery, The Nina Simone Trio, Count Basie, Cannonball Adderly, The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet , and Ramsey Lewis among others. It has ...
OC Sessions: Montreal jazz guitarist Mike Rud gives his hero Wes Montgomery a big thumbs-up
  –  June 12, 2017
The Juno-winning, Montreal-based jazz guitarist Mike Rud has his iconic predecessor Wes Montgomery on his mind these days. In the next few days, Rud, Ottawa bassist Alex Bilodeau and drummer Michel Delage will be celebrating Montgomery’s spirit and music ...
Top 7 technologies in precision ag
  –  June 7, 2017
“Before, especially on adaptive curves, we might take a whole row out.” Wes Montgomery, of Washington Court House, Ohio, said his family started using GPS on their farm in 2009. They farm 1,500 acres of corn and beans in Fayette County. “We work with ...
Previously Unreleased Wes Montgomery / Wynton Kelly Trio Album Hits Stores May 19
  –  May 4, 2017
Wes Montgomery / Wynton Kelly Trio – Smokin' in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse, previously unreleased live sets from 1966 featuring jazz guitar icon Wes Montgomery with piano legend Wynton Kelly’s Trio will be released on Resonance Records in Deluxe CD ...
Wes Montgomery: The Alternative Takes (1959-63) Riverside recordings
  –  April 22, 2017
Thumbing through the New Arrivals section in a record store, one of the many pleasures of record collecting is the occasional unexpected surprise among the usual stack of common reissues and second division artists. I recently stumbled on this ...

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