Jerry Hahn

Jerry Donald Hahn ( born September 21, 1940 in Alma ( Nebraska) ) is an American jazz guitarist.


Hahn began as the son of a guitarist with 7 years of playing the instrument; with 11 years he was a member of the band of Bobby Wiley and appeared on local television. After high school he studied at Wichita State University. From 1963 he worked as a guitarist in San Francisco and played from 1964 in the quintet of John Handy, with whom he had a legendary 1965 performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival ( live album ). In 1967 he recorded his first fusion oriented album, and others with Jack DeJohnette on. 1968 and 1969 he worked in the quartet of Gary Burton, toured with this by Japan, North America and Europe, where he participated in the Berlin Jazz Days and 3 albums grossed. In 1970 he founded the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood, with which he played a large part based on Country Jazz Rock music and recorded for Columbia. Furthermore, he was involved in recordings by Bob Moses ( Fantasy), Bennie Wallace ( The Talk of the Town, 1993), by David Friesen and Nancy King / Glen Moore.

He was appointed to the Wichita State University in 1972, where he led the Jazz Department. He then taught from 1992 at the Colorado Institute of Art Since 2004 he has been living in Wichita. In his monthly column for the magazine Guitar Player in the years 1973 to 1978, the textbook Complete Jerry Hahn Method For Jazz Guitar was born.

Hahn has added to his game folk and hippie influences, as well as the jazz tradition; it alternates between a fresh and spontaneous use of clichés, free improvisation and tonal harmony. These qualities meant that he played with such diverse musicians such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Stan Getz. He is the model for numerous fusion guitarist and John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny or Grant Geissman has influenced.

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  • Complete Jerry Hahn Method for Jazz Guitar. Mel Bay Publications Inc, 2003. ISBN 978-0786668854.