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Jimmy Ponder: 1946-2013

Jazzed Magazine • News • September 19, 2013

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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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