Johnny Smith (1922-2013) was the jazz guitarists jazz guitarist. During the 1950s, he worked for the network broadcasters in New York while also playing regularly at clubs such as Birdland opposite Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, George Shearing and many other legends of jazz. He was the most revered guitarist on the New York jazz scene during a golden era. His technical virtuosity, quality of tone, musical sophistication and literacy were unrivalled in jazz guitar circles. Many celebrated jazz guitarists still consider him to be the benchmark of musicianship by which all others are measured. This is the biography of the man whom many jazz guitar legends call The Master.
About the Author
Lin Flanagan (United Kingdom) has written on a wide range of musical subjects. As a guitar teacher and musicologist, he was a regular columnist for Acoustic Magazine in the UK from 2009 until 2012 and has also written articles for American Profile, Just Jazz Guitar and Vintage Guitar magazines in the USA, and the music journals of the Registry of Guitar Tutors and the Banjo-Mandolin-Guitar Federation in the UK.
Flanagan is also the author of Sir George Martin: The Fifth Beatle or the Architect of the Phenomenon of the Beatles? which broke new ground in the music literature about the Beatles.