Jazz is said by many to be the only true American music. Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States: it was born from a confluence of African and European music traditions. Jazz can be difficult to define. Travis Jackson, Professor of Music and Humanity and the University of Chicago, states that "it is music that includes qualities such as swinging, improvising, group interaction, developing an individual voice, and being open to different musical possibilities". I especially enjoy Jazz live because of the improvisational aspect. Just a bunch a great musicians jamming together.
This category is one of a few that I expect to leave off a great many players. Although I know more than the average person, I am in no way an expert in Jazz guitar. I have listened to a lot and have made my list based on my favorites. I also included both Jazz and Jazz/Fusion in order to have enough qualified candidates. This allows me to include players such as Allan Holdsworth and Al Di Meola.
Here's my list of my top 10 favorite Jazz - Jazz/Fusion guitarists (read more):
Hair Metal? This is probably one of the hardest categories to define. Is it just any guitarist with long hair? Is it a guitarist with long, blonde hair? Hair metal began in the late 70's and carried over to the 80's. It is primarily recognized by big hairdo's, make-up, and power ballads. They became immensely popular in the mid 80's. Even classic rock bands began to appear as hair bands since they were so popular and it sold records (see Aerosmith). Many of these bands were not the most talented musicians, but they knew how to write a catchy hook and the aforementioned power ballad. However, there are many hidden gems among the many hair bands of the era. Some amazing players are still to be found. In fact, one or more of those appearing in this list, may also appear in my overall favorite list.
While researching these guitarists, I noticed that several appear in other lists on the 'net that I will not be including in mine. I do not see Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, or Aerosmith as hair metal bands nor Ted Nugent as a hair metal guitarist. Yes, they all had big hair at some point, but they all had established careers before and after the hair metal era and were known more for their music than for their look.
Here's my list of my top 10 favorite "Hair" Metal guitarists (read more):