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September 18, 1957 - May 4, 1990
Emily Relmer performs the Antonio Carlos Jobin tune "How Insensitive" live in 1989.
Emily Relmer, guitar
John Abercrombie, guitar
Dave Clark, bass
Marcello Pellitteri, drums
Emily was born in New York City and began playing guitar at ten years old, smitten by rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix.
While a student at Berklee College of Music, she developed a passion for jazz. After graduating at 18, she headed south to New Orleans, a musician's paradise then and now, and played with bands like FourPlay and Little Queenie and the Percolators.
Herb Ellis introduced her to the jazz world at the Concord, CA Jazz Festival in 1978.
In 1985, she won the ‘Guitarist Of The Year’ award in Down Beat magazine’s international poll.
She was much beloved and is dearly missed by the music community, especially guitarists who saw here as the standard bearer for the new generation.
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