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Described by Just Jazz Guitar Magazine as "a wonderful composer" and a guitarist with "impeccable technique," Jim Ferguson has enjoyed a unique career that has spanned both the jazz and classical realms as a performer, composer, and educator.
A former editor of Guitar Player Magazine, Jim has written several acclaimed jazz guitar books, including All Blues For Jazz Guitar, All Blues Soloing For Jazz Guitar, and Shapes, Patterns & Lines For Jazz Guitar. He is also profiled in Maurice J. Summerfield's The Jazz Guitar - Its Evolution, Its Players and Personalities Since 1900, and he contributed numerous entries to The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. In 1994, Jim was nominated for a Grammy Award for annotating Fantasy Records' 12-CD set Wes Montgomery: The Complete Riverside Recordings. He also penned the instructional column Fundamental Perspectives for Great Britain's Classical Guitar Magazine, and he is the editor of several books issued by Guitar Solo Publications, including a series devoted to the studies of Leo Brouwer, Fernando Sor, and Mateo Carcassi.
Jim has written numerous compositions. He contributed six pieces to Mel Bay's Contemporary Anthology Of Solo Guitar Music For Five Fingers, edited by Charles Postlewate (2009), and his music is featured on two solo CDs - Cedar & Silver (2004) and Moonstone (2009) - which reflect classical, jazz, world, and other influences.
Jim was born in Dayton, Ohio. He began playing the guitar when he was 15. He resides in Santa Cruz, California, and has taught at the university and college levels. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland, California, where he wrote his thesis on the composition Segoviana by Darius Milhaud.
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