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Charlie Christian - The Life & Music Of The Legendary Jazz Guitarist - DVD
In guitar history, no single figure stands as tall as jazzman Charlie Christian. He not only helped introduce the electric guitar to the world, but also popularized single string solos - moving the instrument from back-ground rhythm to the forefront of popular music. And like so many important jazz players, he made enormous contributions in the span of an all too short life. This DVD covers all aspects of Charlie's life and music, featuring interviews with family friends, fellow Oklahoma jazz musicians and music luminaries like Claude 'Fiddler" Williams, Jerry Jerome and Les Paul. Also included are a large array of musical performances by such guitarists as Herb Ellis, Eldon Shamblin, Zeke Campbell and others!
(95 min)....................................................................................Price - $24.95

Charlie Christian - Swing To Bop - Book and 2 CDs
Countless musicians have been inspired upon hearing Charlie Christian for the first time. In this exciting book, Stan Ayeroff has compiled 39 precise solo transcriptions along with a thorough analysis of each solo! There is also a complete "how to" section that is a book in itself and each transcription has been recorded in slow and fast versions on the two CDs. This book contains some of Charlie's best work including the Jam Sessions at Minton's, John Hammond's Spirituals to Swing concert and the Celestial Express Blue Note Recordings. Charlie Christian was the first to popularize the use of the electric guitar in jazz. He was the pioneer who led the way! Songs include: "Rose Room I, II & III, Honeysuckle Rose I, II & III, I'm Confession', Good Morning Blues, Oh Lady Be Good, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Pagin' the Devil, I Got Rhythm, Tea For Two, Untitled Tune I & II, The Sheik of Araby I, II & III, Poor Butterfly, These Foolish Things I, II & III, Ad Lib Blues, I Never Knew, Royal Garden Blues I, II & III, On The Alamo, I've Found a New Baby I &II, Riffin Around, Jamming in Four, Profoundly Blue I & II, Ida Sweet as Apple Cider, Guy's Got To Go, Lips, Flips, Swing to Bop, Up On Teddy's Hill".
Standard notation.....................................................................Price - $34.95
  Charlie Christian Plays "Seven Come Eleven"

Charlie Christian - Instructional Guitar - DVD
This DVD lesson by Andy Aledort features a step-by-step breakdown of the styles and techniques of the Father of Modern Jazz Guitar. Explore the riffs, solos and sounds of the original electric jazz guitar virtuoso! An in-depth analysis of eight songs including: "Air Mail Special, Benny's Bugle, Gone With "What" Wind, Grand Slam, Seven Come Eleven, Shivers, Solo Flight, Till Tom Special".
(73 min)....................................................................................Price - $19.95
  Charlie Christian Plays "Airmail Special"

Charlie Christian - The Best Of Charlie Christian - Book and CD
A step-by-step breakdown of the styles and techniques of the "Father of Modern Jazz Guitar". Explore the riffs and solos of Charlie Christian taught note for note by Wolf Marshall. Each piece - some are single note improvised solos while others are chord melody solos - also includes harmonic analysis and performance notes! Songs include: "Air Mail Special, Benny's Bugle, Gone With "What" Wind, Good Enough To Keep, Grand Slam, Honeysuckle Rose, I've Found a New Baby, Seven Come Eleven, Shivers, Six Appeal, A Smooth One, Solo Flight, Stardust, Till Tom Special, Wholly Cats".
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $22.95
  Charlie Christian Plays "Solo Flight"

Charlie Christian - The Definitive Collection - Book
Includes: "Air Mail Special, Flying Home, Gone With "What" Wind, Grand Slam, Honeysuckle Rose, Rose Room, Seven Come Eleven, Shivers, Six Appeal, Solo Flight, Stardust, Stompin' At The Savoy, Swing To Bop, Till Tom Special, Wholly Cats".
Notation and tab......................................................................Price - $19.95
  Charlie Christian Plays "Benny's Bugle"

Charlie Christian - The Guitar Chord Shapes Of Charlie Christian - Book and CD
Chord shapes form a visual frame of reference for the player, so it is easier to play the single note, improvised horn-like lines out of chord shapes that Charlie Christian was noted for. The concepts and fingerings presented in this book have been developed by analyzing many of the licks often used by Charlie Christian in his solos. One can play the riffs in virtually any key without difficulty by simply moving the shape and fingerings, up or down the fingerboard. Just one of the elements of Charlie Christian's genius in making the guitar a bona fide solo instrument in the jazz ensemble! 93 tracks are included on the CD.
Standard notation and chord diagrams...................................Price - $19.95
  Charlie Christian Plays "Flying Home"

Charlie Christian - Solo Flight: The Genius Of Charlie Christian - DVD
Solo Flight traces the life and music of one of the great sculptors of jazz. Recollections are gathered from the musicians and communities that witnessed Christian's beginnings and follow his career with the Benny Goodman Sextet, and the sessions at Minton's in Harlem with Dizzy, Kenny Clarke, Monk, and Bird. An in-depth look at an extraordinary guitarist.
(60 min)....................................................................................Price - $19.95
Charlie Christian Plays "Rose Room"

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Charlie Christian - The Jazz Guitarist Who Started It All!
Compiled & Edited By Steven Herron

    Charlie Christian was born on July 29, 1916 in Bonham, Texas but grew up in Oklahoma City. His dad was a singer/guitarist, his mother a pianist, and they played in a Dallas movie theater when he was a kid. His two bothers were also musicians. Christian began his musical career on the trumpet but due to a severe chest condition changed to the guitar at the age of 12. He likewise had some understanding of the bass and the piano. Following the family's relocation to Oklahoma City in 1921 Christian senior lost his sight. To earn a living he ultimately ended up being a street musician accompanied by his three boys, Clarence on violin and mandolin, Edward on string bass, and Charlie on guitar.

    Throughout the early 1930s, Charlie Christian played guitar in his brother Edward's band "The Jolly Jugglers". He initially got wider recognition for his very evident skills in 1937 when he signed up with The Anna Mae Winburn Orchestra. He then played in 1938 with The Alphonso Trent Sextet. Christian ended up becoming interested in the electric guitar when he heard Eddie Durham, who played an early version of the amplified instrument. Christian chose to experiment around with the electric amplified guitar. He quickly mastered exactly what was then a brand-new instrument.

    His status on the electric guitar grew very rapidly and jazz lovers traveled from far and wide to hear his new and original guitar sound. His electric amplified single note lines sounded sometimes like a tenor saxophone. Christian began to add numerous original ideas into his jazz improvisations. He used augmented and diminished chords in a manner which in the not too distant future would change the world of jazz. His concepts were very individualistic and he was a terrific fan of Django Reinhardt's guitar style. He took pleasure in playing Reinhardt's improvised choruses, note-for-note, on numbers like "The St. Louis Blues" and then including some of his own improvised choruses.

    In 1939 while having fun performing with The Leslie Sheffield Band he was heard by the prominent jazz promoter John Hammond. He had actually been persuaded by pianist May Lou Williams to take a trip to Oklahoma City to hear Charlie Christian. Hammond was so impressed that he persuaded his brother-in-law, band leader Benny Goodman, to hear Christian. Goodman was originally reluctant to listen to the young guitar player but he eventually agreed to provide him with an audition on August 16, 1939 in Los Angeles. It just took a few bars of Charlie Christian soloing on "Rose Room" for the excellent clarinetist to recognize the young guitarist's genius. Christian was signed up on the spot!

    In the 2 years that followed Charlie Christian became a significant influence, not only in The Benny Goodman Big Band and Sextet, but also on the history of jazz! After playing at night with the Goodman band, Christian would go on to play into the early hours of the morning at Minton's Jazz Club in Harlem. There he performed for hours on end, his amazing improvisations directly affecting other jazz musicians who came to the club consisting of Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Joe Guy, and others. Some of these historical jam sessions luckily were recorded for posterity by Jerry Newman.

    Tragically, the late nights and Christian's love of the New York night life did not help his health. He had actually dealt with poor health for most of his life. In the spring of 1940 he was checked into a hospital where the medical diagnosis revealed that he had tuberculosis. Regardless of the physicians warnings, he failed to take correct care of his health. In July 1941 he suffered a serious relapse and went into The Seaview Sanitarium on Staten Island. He passed away there in March of 1942.

Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library.  Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his book FREE with your first order!
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