1948 to 1968
March 6, 1923 in Indianapolis
June 15, 1968
Indianapolis, IN, United States
John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt 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).
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Wes Montgomery January 1, 2010