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Jim Ferguson

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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. He contributed numerous entries to The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and in 1994 Jim was nominated for a Grammy Award for annotating Fantasy Records’ 12-CD set Wes Montgomery: The Complete Riverside Recordings. He 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. Jim has written numerous compositions and contributed six pieces to Mel Bay’s Contemporary Anthology Of Solo Guitar Music For Five Fingers. His music is featured on two solo CDs – Cedar & Silver (2004) and Moonstone (2009). Jim was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1948. 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.