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Jazz Musician of the Day: Lonnie Johnson

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lonnie Johnson's birthday today!

Lonnie Johnson - guitar, multi instrumentalist, vocalist (1899 - 1970) Lonnie Johnson was the “governor” of blues guitar in the 1920’s. His playing combined incredibly fast melodic runs with evocative blues licks. His playing was the forerunner of jazz and rock guitar. Lonnie Johnson’s playing is highly challenging, provocative and exciting...Lonnie Johnson - guitar, multi instrumentalist, vocalist (1899 - 1970) Lonnie Johnson was the “governor” of blues guitar in the 1920’s. His playing combined incredibly fast melodic runs with evocative blues licks. His playing was the forerunner of jazz and rock guitar. Lonnie Johnson’s playing is highly challenging, provocative and exciting... more

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