Mary Osborne is the first female guitarist I’ve featured. She is not my favorite female jazz guitarist, nor is she the first female jazz guitarist nor even the most important female jazz guitarist. The truth is I didn’t know about Mary Osborne until the February 2011 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine came out. Shame on me.
Mary is featured in the February 2011 issue and is worth looking into. She is important because she was a professional jazz guitarist from the 1930s until her her death. Charlie Christian influenced her and even suggested where she could buy a Gibson ES-150 like he played. She played with Coleman Hawkins and Billie Holiday and many other greats over those years.
Art Ford’s Jazz Party (1958)
Same as above but edited to feature Mary Osborne’s solo
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