Blast from the past: Finger pickin’ good

In 1986, I had the pleasure of photographing jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan in a solo performance at the Fox Theatre (now renamed the Bob Hope Theatre) in downtown Stockton. Being a jazz fan I knew of him, but he’s not a household name, then or today.  His unique playing style sets him apart from other guitarists. Instead of strumming or picking the strings, he taps them with his finger tips along the neck of the guitar. This allows him to accompany himself, much like a pianist or to even play two guitars simultaneously.

It was amazing to watch and listen to Jordan play. His hands alternated from gently caressing the neck of his guitar to furiously flying over it with blinding speed. Even though he performed a solo concert, he produced a full-bodied sound so rich that he didn’t need any other accompaniment.

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