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Jimmy Ponder: 1946-2013

Legendary jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder recenetly passed away, having appeared on over 80 recordings with his unique blend of Wes Montgomery octaves and bluesy roots.  Ponder released 21 albums as a bandleader since 1969 for lable like Muse, Highnote, Cadet, Explore and LRC.

He began his career with Charles Earland and Lou Donaldson’s soul-jazz ensembles and worked as a studio sideman for stars like Etta James, Donald Byrd, Ray Bryant, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and more. He performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy McGriff, and Sonny Stitt among many others.


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