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Mickey Baker, Guitarist, Is Dead at 87 – Complete…

Mickey Baker, who was an influential guitarist, has died at the age of 87 in France.

He has played in many recordings and influenced many younger guitarists.

He has also published some widely used instruction books for jazz guitar:

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 1 (Ashley Publications)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 2 (Ashley Publications)

Jazz Guitar Micky Baker (Guitar Books)

There are many youtube videos available with the pieces and exercises from the jazz guitar books, and there is also an online course based on vol. 1 of this jazz guitar mehtod (see below).

McHouston (Mickey) Baker with Coleman Hawkins Quintet South Of France Blues.mp4

My Mickey Baker Playlist

I have listened to many videos with Mickey Baker and Mickey and Sylvia and compiled the following playlist with the best videos:

Additional Information

New York Times: Mickey Baker, Guitarist, Is Dead at 87

Mickey Baker, whose prickly, piercing guitar riffs were featured on dozens if not hundreds of recordings and helped propel the evolution of rhythm and blues into rock ’n’ roll, died on Tuesday at his home in Montastruc-la-Conseillère, near Toulouse in southwestern France. He was 87.


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Originally written for Fretboard Journal Magazine


Wikipedia about Mickey Baker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Baker

Great playlist with  recordings of the examples from the Mickey Baker jazz method by Rob MacKillop:

Mickey Baker Lesson 2 – Rob MacKillop

Online Lessons using Mickey Baker’s method:


Advanced Guitar Study Group

Using The Classic

“Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar – Book 1”

Presented by

Michael Joyce and the Texas Fingerstyle Guitar Association

Mickey Baker books at amazon (partnerlink)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 1 (Ashley Publications)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 2 (Ashley Publications)




Jethro Burns & Don Stiernberg (Mandolins ) with John…

Anthony Hannagan has posted the following video at Facebook – a film from a concert with Jethro Burns, Don Stiernberg and John Parrot from 1985 at Adler House.

This has been filmed by Paul Goelz who shows many more videos from the 80s in his youtube channel:

And don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel, for archival videos of the Chicago and Michigan music scene dating back to the early 1980s.

At the beginning of this concert Jethro plays some solo pieces, in the second part he is joined by Don Stiernberg with another mandolin and the guitarist John Parrot. Jethro talks between the pieces, makes announcements and jokes – he’s really great and one of my all time favorite mandolni players.

A great video which every Jethro fan will view several times!

Jethro Burns at Adler House, 1985

The first of two sets Jethro did at Adler House (Libertyville, Illinois) on March 1st, 1985. Jethro is joined by Don Stiernberg (mandolin) and John Parrott (guitar).

The “other” Jethro Burns

Betcha didn’t know Jethro played the guitar, did you 😉 And he’s good, too! Jethro Burns jamming with Don Stiernberg in between sets at Adler House in Libertyville Illinois, March 1st, 1985.

Read more “Jethro Burns & Don Stiernberg (Mandolins ) with John Parrot (Guitar) – 1985 – Concert at Adler House”


Bill Frisell – Concert at the NPR – Bill…

One year ago the guitarist Bill Frisell has recorded a one hour concert with the NPR. I had written about this in my German blog www.gezupftes.de, but I have just found that I did not make an English version for this blog. Now I have just found a new Tiny Desk Concert with three Beatles pieces and decided to make the English version now.

The last years concert is still available. He played the following pieces in his set:

  • “You Are My Sunshine” (Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell)
  • “Keep Your Eyes Open” (Frisell)
  • “Raise Four” (Thelonious Monk)
  • “Throughout/Poem for Eva” (Frisell)
  • “Lovesick Blues” (Hank Williams)
  • “Ventura” (Lucinda Williams)

Bill Frisell Trio On JazzSet

The complete concert is available as streaming audio on the NPR site:


The followingt text is taken from the NPR site:

It’s true: Bill Frisell wears glasses, dresses casually and is modest and soft-spoken in person. But instead of stepping into a phone booth to put on a cape, he straps on his trusty Fender Telecaster and strides onstage.

Think of Frisell as a master painter who takes traditional American music forms like jazz, blues and folk and melds them into evocative soundscapes. Digging deep into the heart of Americana has been a wellspring of inspiration throughout his career. His recent projects include scoring soundtracks for the films of the great silent-era comedian Buster Keaton. His latest album consists of musical impressions of the photos by the man known as “Disfarmer,” a 1940s-era rural Arkansas artist and photographer who took stark black and white portraits of the local townfolk.

A great piece in this concert is Poem for Eva (begin at ca. 35:00) – I have found the following video with a solo version – Bill Frisell uses a looper device and other sound effect devices to produce a full sound like from a complete band:

Bill Frisell – Poem for Eva

Playlist Bill Frisell

At the end of the playlist I have added several interviews with Bill Frisell.

Additional Information

NPR Tiny Desk Konzert March 2012: http://www.npr.org/event/music/146156479/bill-frisell-tiny-desk-concert

  • “Nowhere Man”
  • “In My Life”
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Homepage Bill Frisell: http://www.billfrisell.com/

Interview A Fireside Chat with Bill Frisell: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=1156

Great 30 minutes video Big Think Interview With Bill Frisell: http://bigthink.com/ideas/20414

Sheet Music

Transcriptions of  Bill Frisell pieces: http://www.oocities.org/enalnitram/book.html?20118

Transcription of “I got Rhythm”: http://thestringslinger.blogspot.com/2010/02/bill-frisell-solo-on-i-got-rhythm.html

Three transcriptions by Bill Frisell: http://neilmattson.com/transcriptions/

CDs by Bill Frisell (amazon partnerlink)

When You Wish Upon a Star

The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs


Birthday Music ♫ Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers…

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia

Some years ago I found this recording by accident. This has been recorded right on my birthday Nov. 23, 1955.

I have bought the CDs and listened to this great recordings very often since then, especially every year in the days before and after my birthday. This is now one of my all time favorite CDs.

Some information from Wikipedia:



At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1 is a 1955 live album release by jazz drummer Art Blakey for Blue Note Records. It featured the third incarnation of the Jazz Messengers, Blakey’s career-spanning band, and is the first of two volumes recorded on November 23, 1955 at Café Bohemia, a famous night club in Greenwich Village in New York.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

  • Art Blakey — drums
  • Horace Silver — piano
  • Kenny Dorham — trumpet
  • Hank Mobley — saxophone (tenor)
  • Doug Watkins — bass

Playlist  At the Cafe Bohemia

Enjoy Art Blakey und den Jazz Messengers!