The First Jazz Guitarist …

March 17, 2007

Nicolai Foss

… wasn’t Eddie Lang — it was Nick Lucas (aka Dominic Nicholas Anthony Lucanese). To wit:

In July, 1922 Nick Lucas cut two original sides for Pathe, “Picking The Guitar” and “Teasing The Frets.” With these sides Nick Lucas also cut a path for generations of guitarist to come. These were the first solo jazz guitar instrumentals recorded. Without a doubt this had to be an influence on banjoists such as Eddie Lang, and also an inspiration for him to trade the banjo in for a guitar. Eddie Lang would later elaborate on Lucas’ fast bass runs and be remembered as being the father of jazz guitar, this makes Nick Lucas the Grandfather of jazz guitar.

The quotation is from an marvelously designed Nick Lucas site Certainly worth a visit.


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