Charlie Christian (29 July 1916 – 2 March 1942) was an American jazz guitarist.
Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and is cited as a key figure in the development of bebop.
Chistian was born in Bonham, Texas, USA and was raised in Oklahoma. In the late 1930s, he came to the attention of record producer John Hammond, who introduced Christian to bandleader Benny Goodman. Goodman hired Christian to play with the Goodman Sextet starting in 1939. Initially reluctant to hire Christian, due in part to the fact that electric guitar was a relatively new instrument, Goodman was so impressed by Christian's playing that he changed his mind.
The story of their meeting on August 16, 1939 is notable: an encounter that afternoon at the recording studio had not gone well, but Hammond decided to try again: without consulting Goodman, he installed Christian on the bandstand for that night's set at the Victor Hugo restaurant in Los Angeles. Displeased at the surprise, Goodman called "Rose Room", a tune he assumed that Christian would be unfamiliar with. After listening to the changes a couple of times, Christian cam...
|date of birth||July 29, 1916|
|place of birth||Bonham, Texas, United States|
|date of death||March 2, 1942|
|place of death||New York City, New York, United States|