Jerry Hahn

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

21 September 1940, Alma, Nebraska, USA. Hahn was, if not one of the fathers of fusion in the 60s, one of the doctors who brought it into the world. A very talented guitarist (Bill Frisell points to him as an influence), Hahn played in the band of jazz saxophonist John Handy from 1964-66, recorded an album as leader in 1967, then replaced Larry Coryell in Gary Burton’s group from 1968-69. Burton was one of the leaders of the pack (from the jazz side) in the proto-fusion movement, where rock, classical, avant garde and country elements mingled with jazz. Hahn absorbed both the influences of Ornette Coleman, covering his ‘Ramblin’’, and Hank Garland, a country session guitarist who also played jazz, into a fluid yet distinctive style.

In the 70s, Hahn turned to teaching at Wichita State University but played on the albums of Nancy King, Bennie Wallace and David Friesen in the 90s. In 1995, Hahn recorded Time Changes, his...

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