Wes Montgomery

Active as a recording artist in the ’50s and ’60s, Wes Montgomery represented a unique approach to improvisation through the use of single-notes, octaves, and block chords.

Wes Montgomery headshot with guitar.
Wes Montgomery photo by Verve Records – Billboard – page 1, 19 November, 1966. Available under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Biography

Wes Montgomery

A biography written by Adrian Ingram. The book features over 70 photographs and illustrations, many previously unpublished.

wesmontgomery.com

A website published by the estate of Wes Montgomery and Resonance Records. Biographical information, images, and a documentary entitled “Echos of Indiana Avenue” are featured.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Encyclopedia of Popular Music article on Wes (with USC library access). Includes an extensive discography.

Grove Music Online

The Grove Music Online – The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition entry for Wes (with USC library access). Includes an extensive bibliography.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry.

Performances

Wes Montgomery - Round Midnight
Wes Montgomery - Round Midnight

Wes Montgomery - Round Midnight

Wes Montgomery - Round Midnight Performed in a television studio.

Wes Montgomery - West Coast Blues [1965]
Wes Montgomery - West Coast Blues [1965]

Wes Montgomery - West Coast Blues [1965]

Rehearsal for the NDR Jazz Workshop NDR Studio 10, Hamburg, West Germany, April 30, 1965 Wes Montgomery - Guitar Martial Solal - Piano Michel Gaudry - Bass Ronnie Stephenson - Drums Hans Koller - Alto Sax Johnny Griffin - Tenor Sax Ronnie Scott - Tenor Sax Ronnie Ross - Baritone

Wes Montgomery - People in Jazz
Wes Montgomery - People in Jazz

Wes Montgomery - People in Jazz

First part of four of an interview with Wes and moderator Jim Rockwell. Wes mentions an "up-and-coming" guitarist out of Chicago named Joe Dioro (world famous jazz guitarist and former USC Studio/Jazz Guitar Professor) "who is together," at 3:00 in the video!

Education

Transcriptions

  • wesmontgomery.com, transcription by Wolf Marshall of “Round Midnight,” and others.
  • saxopedia.com, a large deposit of Wes Montgomery transcriptions from various sources.

Instructional Books