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Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
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June 9, 2015 Paul is mostly remembered for his musical innovations, especially the instrument that bears his name. But he was also an accomplished jazz musician who kept performing even in his final years.
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July 3, 2014 The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz in 1999, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.
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Charlie Christian was a forerunner in establishing the musical language of bebop.
January 15, 2013 Prior to the advent of electrical amplification, the role of the guitar in jazz was strictly that of a chorded rhythm instrument. But as soon as guitarists could plug into an amplifier, the electric guitar started making its presence felt as an improvisational voice in jazz. Every guitarist now playing owes something to at least one of these pioneering jazz guitarists.
Jeff Beck performs at Les Paul's 95th-birthday party at Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010, in New York City.
January 16, 2012 World Cafe celebrates some legendary guitar innovators by sharing past interviews with Les Paul, Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck.
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Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.
October 20, 2011 The jazz producer put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.
September 14, 2009 Blue Note Records is a record label for which the visuals carry almost as much artistic cachet as the music. The label's covers tend to employ generous amounts of white space, splashes of color, prominent shading and themes evoking introspection and celebration. All of that frequently translates to the music inside.
August 13, 2009 Guitarist and innovator Les Paul has died at the age of 94. We'll remember how he pioneered multi-track recording and popularized the solid-body electric guitar. His contributions changed the course of rock 'n' roll music.
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Les Paul performs live at the Winter Garden on May 27, 1992.
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August 13, 2009 The guitarist and inventor who helped bring about the rise of rock 'n' roll and multitrack recording died of complications from pneumonia Thursday at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He was 94.
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August 19, 2007 Earlier this summer, guitarist Les Paul celebrated his 92nd birthday. At an age when other musicians may be content to relax and collect an occasional royalty check, Paul still works. In a new PBS documentary, Les Paul: Chasing Sound, he tells his remarkable life story.
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June 10, 2005 He turned 90 years old on June 8, and he is still performing and recording. He's collaborated with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Sting — among others — on a new album to be released later this summer.
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