The magic of the legendary "Mr. Big Hands" of jazz - Harold Mabern credits Errol Garner, Phineas Newborn, Ahmad Jamal and Bud Powell as his main mentors, but the influence of Blues pianists like Memphis Slim can also be detected in his playing. In Mabern’s own words: “… I think of myself today as a blues pianist who understands jazz.”
One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell's eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical music, country music, noise and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds from his instrument.
John Scofield pays tribute to country greats. John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.