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Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery, 1965
Background information
Birth name John Leslie Montgomery
Born (1923-03-06)March 6, 1923
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died June 15, 1968(1968-06-15) (aged 45)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Genres Jazz, soul jazz, crossover jazz, mainstream jazz, hard bop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar
Labels Pacific Jazz, Riverside, Verve, A&M
Associated acts Montgomery Brothers, Lionel Hampton, Paul Chambers, Freddie Hubbard, Cannonball Adderley, Harold Land, Nat Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Don Sebesky, Jimmy Jones, Milt Jackson, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Percy Heath, Tommy Flanagan
Website www.wesmontgomery.com
Notable instruments
Gibson L-5 CES

I’ve really gone into business since I got the 6 string, which was like starting all over.
Wes Montgomery
Well, I got pretty good and went on the road with a group. We starved. At that time I didn’t realize that you’d work one gig in Kansas City, the next in Florida and the next gig will be in Louisville. You know, a thousand miles a night. That was really rough, man.
Wes Montgomery
A lot of places we go, when they see the organ coming in, they’re expecting rock and roll, but after they hear us play they like it. To me, guitar cuts through-it carries more than organ. But organ has got more guts.
Wes Montgomery