( From www.donmitchell.us ) I could spend a lot of time linking to a lot of the guitarists that I admire, but Curt Sheller has already assembled the most comprehensive list of links to jazz guitarists I've ever seen on the web.
(June 2004) The Jazz Guitar Resources (JGR) web site is appropriately named. What started out as simply collecting information on archtop jazz guitar builders has evolved into probably the best jazz guitar resource on the web. The site contains listings and links to almost 200 "luthiers", over 400 "jazz guitarists", and other areas of interest (major jazz guitar manufactures, amps, speaker cabinets, strings, publishers, online lessons and more...). Jazz Guitar Resources is created and maintained by jazz guitarist Curt Sheller (www.curtsheller.com"). It is a truly the ultimate in jazz guitar sites.
Curt has taken it upon himself to create a database of luthiers, performers, educators and guitar (as well as ukulele) information. A jazz guitarist and author himself, Curt also provides numerous lessons, info on jazz repertoire, as well as links to and excerpts from various jazz books. On-line lessons include harmony, comping and improvisation. Along with the fantastic database, Curt offers publishing and graphic design services as well (a highlight of the site). With over 20 years in the artistic design, advertising and publishing business, Curt can assist any author or publishing company (including small-runs and self-publishers) to create and develop a product that rivals large company's work. His books and designs speak for themselves, as do his prices. Curt specializes in small runs of books at reasonable prices (something larger companies are simply unable to do). Curt can assist with layout and cover designs as well. Just as custom CD duplication services have helped level the playing field for all of the lesser-known performers, Curt's custom publishing can help the myriad of talented (but yet unknown) guitar educators share their resources with the world.
As a jazz guitar enthusiast, check out Curt's site for endless resources. As an instructor, check out Curt's site to help you put together a publication to market or use for your students. Curt Sheller can provide you with a simple and professional way to enter the guitar-publishing marketplace and not spend a fortune.
By Eric Elias
(April 2004) Six months ago, I approached Curt for some advice regarding music book publishing. Little did I know, Curt would end up printing and helping with distribution of my book! After doing quite a bit of research, Curt's prices for printing my book better than the "Big Boys" (and the smaller ones too). Additionally, Curt was very helpful with all kinds of "industry-insider" information regarding the music book publishing business, from the "how-tos" of technical writing to the suggestions of where the best credit card processing deals were.
I can't recommend Curt's printing and design services highly enough!
Author, 'Sheets of Sound for Guitar'
...a friend (another jazz guitar player) referred me to you site, told me it was "the best", and that i should check it out and get listed. he was right! i'm impressed! - Doug Simon
l've just been turned on to your fantastic site..an absolute wealth of information!!!! - Aaron Benson
Kudos to you for assembling such a wonderful website. I'll be Bebop....I mean be back! - Mitch Seidman
( November 2004 ) - Keep up the good work, Curt. Your site has gone well beyond everything else out there that I know of. It is both comprehensive and exhaustive. I don't know of a better jazz guitar resource.
Wow! What a site!
I'd just like to commend you on all the hard work you've done and say keep up the good efforts. You've created a very comprehensive compilation of all kind of useful information. Anyone reading this should bookmark your site.
Thanks again Curt, and nice job. - Joe Finn
I don't get online much anymore, but I still visit the sites that I've saved from folks in this group, when I can.
JazzGuitarResource is an awesome site and a great effort made to get it that way. Thanks Curt... Ivan
Amazing! Simply amazing! What a great site! So cool! - Harris Wolfe
Hi Curt. I really enjoyed checking out your websites. Nice contribution to the jazz guitar community! I checked out your soundbites. "Shadow of Your Smile" sounds reminiscent of early Johnny Smith (one of my favorites). - Mike DeMicco
Man, what a great tool for Jazz guitarists!!! Thanks for doing all the work. - Morris Acevedo
GREAT site, Curt - you're bookmarked! - Clif Kuplen
I think your website is tremendous. I have found a teacher from it and am very impressed with the content that you supply. As well I have done alot of research on specific jazz guitarists which i have found through youre website, as well as insight. Thanks again and keep up the good work. - Mark Weisbart
I recently was searching on the web for a luthier and your site came up. You've done a great job and must have spent hours putting it together. It looks really good and provides a great list of resources for all jazz guitarists and more! - Alisdair MacRae Birch
I think your site is very well done. Between your site, Harmony Central and a few others, a guy can actually keep up. - Charles Crosman
That's a pretty impressive site you run, man. Congratulations! - Dick Onstenk (Dutch Jazz Guitarist)
Thanks much for putting out a great website. - Mark Kleinhaut
I've checked out the site, Curt, and that is probably the best list of luthiers that I've come across! - Jim Kangas
I really enjoyed spending an hour or so touring your site, especially your Howard Roberts area. I was a student of his in the 60's, and later a friend, and it's good to see his name kept alive.
Thanks for all your hard work. - Larry Bellinger
I have to thank you again - I' ve spent days on your website now - and I'm only a quarter of the way through devouring it all comprehensively. - www.bluesmother.com
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Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books! — Peter Rhee
Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys
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