George Van Eps: Night and Day
As I write this, (July 2011) it's an absolutely sweltering hot Tennessee night. I thought, what could be better than some cool jazz guitar right now?
George Van Eps Bio
George Van Eps (7 August 1913 – 29 November 1998) (often called "the Father of the Seven String Guitar") was an American swing and Mainstream jazz guitarist noted both for his recordings as a leader, and for his work as a session musician. He was also the author of instructional books that explored his approach to guitar-based harmony. He was well known as a pioneer of the seven-string guitar, which allowed him to incorporate sophisticated bass lines into his improvisation. He was a strong influence on later seven-string players such as Howard Alden (with whom he recorded four CDs for Concord Records in the early 1990s), Bucky Pizzarelli, and John Pizzarelli (Bucky's son). He is the son of the legendary classic banjo player Fred Van Eps.
- GVE on Myspace
- A biography at playjazzguitar.com
- A biography at classicjazzguitar.com
- Gibson Guitar's short posthumous article on the life of George Van Eps
- Video clip of George Van Eps playing a solo version of "I've Got A Crush On You"
- Gretsch Van Eps signature guitars