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Mike Harris


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Post  Posted 13 Feb 2019 7:59 pm    
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I have heard some of Anthony Locke's and Mike Neer's work on non-pedal plus Buddy Emmons and Buzz Evans on pedal steel. Who are some other jazz steelers that I should check out? I am more interested in lap at the present but would love to hear more pedal players as well. Thanks.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 3:19 am    
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I recommend Jim Cohen's Pedal Steel Jazz.
That and other pedal steel albums can be found at www.JimCohen.com
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Fred Justice


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 4:16 am    
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Doug Jernigan is a great jazz steel player
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 4:19 am    
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Thanks Charlie. I also recommend a visit to www.steelguitarjazz.com. Be sure to check out Doug Jernigan, Buck Reid, Daniel Jones, Hal Merrill, Dave Easley and Susan Alcorn, just to name a few.
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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 6:03 am    
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Curly Chalker
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Jack Hanson


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 6:04 am    
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+1 for Dan Jones & Standard Deviations. Caught their set at the Denver Steel Show a couple years back. Had to grab my jaw with both hands to keep it from dragging on the ground on the way out the door.

If you're into the hot jazz of the early 20th Century, don't overlook the genius of Sol Hoopii. Benny Goodman was considered the "King of Swing." Sol could swing circles around Benny.
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scott murray


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 6:15 am    
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Tom Morrell was one of the best non-pedal jazzers. Joaquin Murphy influenced a lot of folks too, I believe he played in Spade Cooley's band mainly

and although they're mainly pedal players, I've seen video of Doug Jernigan and Bobby Black getting pretty jazzy on lap steel. Emmons too
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Jerry Overstreet


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 6:40 am    
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Maurice "Reece" Anderson. Many recordings of jazz standards if you can find them. Early recordings on Universal Bb pedal steel and some later on lap steel. Great player, greatly missed.

Don't have any links. Don't know where they are available. Couple that come to mind, but there are surely others:
Moods vol 1 & 2.
Steel with Brass
Out of Nowhere

A treasure from 1977 with a plethora of jazz musicians of all instruments backing our foremost steel players of the time:
Dave Burley's Calvacade of Guitars still listed on Doug Jernigan's website: https://dougjernigan.ecrater.com/p/11710873/cavalcade-of-guitars

Also from the 70's Buddy Emmons and Lenny Breau...Minors Aloud available from Amazon music.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 6:45 am    
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Jim Cohen wrote:
www.steelguitarjazz.com.

Thank you, Jim, that's what I was looking for. Great site.
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Joe Cook


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 8:31 am    
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I really enjoy Jeremy Wakefield's playing. His album Steel Guitar Caviar is one of my favorites for non-pedal instrumentals.
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Bob Hoffnar


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 8:36 am    
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Susan Alcorn and Dave Easley both have very strong jazz voices.
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Rick Schmidt


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 10:37 am    
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Mike Neer!!! His "Steelonius" record is one of the only efforts that I can actually imagine being played on Jazz Radio stations....and it's on non pedal! I love all the jazz pedal steel players out there, but I sorta get why you don't hear them on jazz radio. Just my opinion of course.
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Jeff Garden


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 12:42 pm    
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Here's Doug Jernigan's site...I can highly recommend his "Jazz Standards", "Doug and Bucky", "Jazz By Jernigan" and "Country Jazz" CD's.
http://digndoug.com/Doug_Jernigan_Steel_Guitar_Music_MP3_CD_Tape.htm
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Landon Jarrel


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 2:28 pm    
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Without a doubt, Vance Terry! His playing on Jimmie Rivers' Brisbane Bop and with Billy Jack Wills' Western Swing Band are on the upper echelons of the limits of average kinetic energy, which is a fancy way to say that, well, he plays HOT!
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John Swain


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Post  Posted 14 Feb 2019 3:16 pm    
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Don't miss out on Jim Loessberg's "Bebop,etc"!
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Jim Hollingsworth


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Post  Posted 15 Feb 2019 1:24 pm    
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Don't forget Rick Schmidt .... chords like McCoy Tyner & single lines like Miles.......
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Roy Heap


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Post  Posted 16 Feb 2019 8:39 am    
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IMHO , Ireland's top steel player, Mr Richard Nelson.
2 great jazz albums "Song For My Father". and. "Moments Notice"
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Christopher Woitach


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Post  Posted 17 Feb 2019 8:47 am    
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Not in the league of these other players, but jazz nonetheless

https://youtu.be/vf8FVGZZdqk
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Stu Schulman


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Post  Posted 18 Feb 2019 12:19 am    
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Daniel Jones !!
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Mike Harris


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Post  Posted 22 Feb 2019 8:00 am    
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I'd like to thank everyone who posted here. I have listened to many, not all, of the players listed and it's been an eye and ear opening experience. I was hoping for more lap players in the mix but I am still finding enjoyment and inspiration from this. Again, thanks!
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Christopher Woitach


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Post  Posted 22 Feb 2019 11:35 pm    
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Maurice Anderson, listed above, has a bunch of lap steel videos on YouTube - he was my teacher, and especially in the area of chords (on lap or pedal) he’s the king in my book, although his single note solos are remarkable

He played 12 string, lap and pedal, and really dialed in the tuning to be able to play things on lap steel that sound impossible
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 23 Feb 2019 1:10 am    
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Christopher Woitach wrote:
Not in the league of these other players, but jazz nonetheless

https://youtu.be/vf8FVGZZdqk

Christopher, your version of All The Things You Are made me want to learn how to play it. I’m nowhere close to having it yet, but just wanted to thank you again for posting that vid, and to let you know that you are one of the players out there inspiring the rest of us.
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Malcolm McMaster


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Post  Posted 23 Feb 2019 3:21 am    
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As Roy Heap said, Richard Nelson from Ireland, Superb player and really great guy.
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Christopher Woitach


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Post  Posted 23 Feb 2019 8:46 am    
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Thank you Fred!

You just completely made my day, brother - I have a jazz steel gig with my Quartet tomorrow night, and today I was about to a lonnngggg day of practice (I’ve had to spend the last few days learning 23 tunes on guitar for Elton John show I did last night), and I have been feeling the “damn I suck at steel” malaise (I think we all know this one!). You just made me smile and put the picks on with a much better attitude!
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Greg Sander


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Post  Posted 23 Feb 2019 9:38 am    
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As a new player, this is a great view to help understand what's going on.
Nice playing, too. Thanks!

Christopher Woitach wrote:
Not in the league of these other players, but jazz nonetheless

https://youtu.be/vf8FVGZZdqk
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