Looking for an inspiring jazz guitar gig in NYC? Me too. Here are 15 top young contemporary jazz guitarists who perform regularly in NYC.
Why these “Young” NYC Jazz Guitarists?
Why did I chose these guys? Two reasons.
It won’t cost you a stupid amount of money to see these jazz guitarists. Many of these artists perform high profile shows at more expensive venues but you can catch most of these amazing musicians for a $10 – $25 cover at venues such as Smalls and The Bar Next Door.
NYC is amazing in this respect, you can pay $20 and see musicians you listen to on records in an intimate setting. I grew up in New Zealand where you will often pay upwards of $30 and sit in a concert room seating a few hundred people. Jazz was born in the club and it is best heard there.
If you live in NYC (or just moved here like me) then lucky you! If you don’t, come visit – you won’t regret it!
Every time I see these jazz guitarists perform I walk away incredibly inspired. They all have a unique voice, mega chops and are nice dudes. On my first NYC visit I had money saved up for lessons but I learned SO much from just checking out gigs (and the odd cheeky recording/ transcription) that I didn’t bother. One of the best thing you can do for your playing is watch musicians better than you do their thing.
Wait, “Young” Guitarists – some of these guys are in there 30’s or 40’s?
Yeah, I know. Fair point! By young I mean they have a unique, contemporary approach to jazz guitar.
All right let’s check them out, click on a name to visit their respective website. If you think I missed any (I am sure I did), feel free to leave a comment below!
15 Contemporary NYC Jazz Guitarists
- Adam Rogers
- Gilad Hekselman
- Jonathan Kreisberg
- Julian Lage
- Kurt Rosenwinkel
- Lage Lund
- Lionel Loueke
- Matthew Stevens
- Mike Moreno
- Nels Cline
- Nir Felder
- Paul Bollenback
- Peter Bernstein
- Rez Abassi
- Yotam Silberstein
- Miles Okazaki
Disclaimer: I know some of these guitarists don’t live in NYC. Also, these are just my personal favorites, what are yours?
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