What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Esmond Selwyn

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature a very interesting jazz guitarist from the UK named Esmond Selwyn. Esmond Selwyn has long been recognized as one of the UK's greatest performing jazz guitarists and jazz educators. Online Bio

With a list of reviews and credits almost too numerous to mention, the quality of his playing has been formally acknowledged by some of the world's greatest jazz musicians.

After Esmond had played a set at Ronnie Scott's Club with Bill le Sage he was to receive a most memorable accolade from legendary Miles Davis tenor sax sidesman, George Coleman "You sound great, boy!"

From Tony Mottola, Frank Sinatra's guitarist, a personal letter reads:

"You have great chops! (technique) My pleasure these days comes from listening to great jazz guitarists such as yourself.."

In his monumental work, "The Great Jazz Guitarists", Ivor Mairants writes "...Esmond has, in my opinion, a fingerboard technique second to none..."

And so it goes on....

Esmond has shared the bill at international jazz festivals with Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Charlie Byrd and has accompanied visiting American stars, Art Farmer, Redd Rodney, Bobby Shew, Al Cohn and Jimmy Whitherspoon.

Esmond Selwyn's website with soundclips:

Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com, where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar' columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc now endorses Peerless Guitars and has the website Jazz Guitar Zone to help promote Peerless jazz guitars in the US. He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!)

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