Body elec­tric: Charlie Christian Project

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Charlie Christian, a pi­o­neer of the elec­tric gui­tar in jazz, is hon­ored in a con­cert on Satur­day, Nov. 15, at Gig Per­for­mance Space ( 1808 Sec­ond St.). Christian grew up in Ok­la­homa City and played cigar­box guitars in grade school. When Christian was in his early twen­ties, record pro­ducer John Ham­mond saw him play in a lo­cal club and rec­om­mended him to band­leader Benny Good­man. Christian was soon per­form­ing with Good­man’s sex­tet and be­came renowned for his in­ven­tive so­los. But his ca­reer was short-lived, with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis claim­ing him in 1942 at age twenty-five. The Charlie Christian Project fea­tures gui­tarist Michael An­thony, trum­peter Bobby Shew, bassist Micky Pat­ten, and drum­mer Cal Haines. Tick­ets are $15 at the door. The mu­sic starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.gigsantafe. com for more in­for­ma­tion. — Paul Wei­de­man

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