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Celebrate one of the greatest and most influential jazz guitarists of all time in a new concert film collaboration between WTIU and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Wes Montgomery at 100: A 100th Birthday Tribute Concert honors the centennial of the Hoosier-born artist whose guitar sounds defined a generation of jazz music and left a worldwide musical legacy. Watch now for a limited time:

Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 6, 1923, and began playing in a jazz group with his brothers, Charles “Buddy” and William “Monk.” After hitting the road with the Lionel Hampton big band, he started his own trio with organist Melvin Rhyne and drummer Paul Parker.

During his career, Montgomery won two Grammy Awards and was named “Jazz Man of the Year” by Record World in 1967. He played alongside many of the greatest names in music, including Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, and fellow Hoosier Freddie Hubbard. His sound is defined by the iconic way he would play his guitar using the direct touch of his thumb on the strings, producing a softer, more melodic tone.

Recorded before a live audience in the WTIU studio, the concert features the IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor Brent Wallarab, and a performance by the celebrated jazz trio of guitarist Dave Stryker, organist Bobby Floyd, and drummer Sean Dobbins. Discover the genius of Wes Montgomery through his music and interviews with the concert performers.


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  • Feb 26 – 9:30pm ET
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