In the year 2016 we celebrate the life and times of Charles Henry "Charlie" Christian (July 29, 1916 – March 2, 1942). Charlie Christian was a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure playing the electric guitar in the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941.
Daniel Slaman Guitars will contribute by organising a concert ‘Remembering Charlie Christian!’ on Friday 3rd of June, 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. Musicians will be jazz guitarist and teacher Axel Hagen, guitarist and historian Adrian Ingram from Great Britain, Noah Nicoll on bass and Dick Verbeeck on drums. The guitarists will play on instruments from the Commemorative Charlie Christian serie built by Daniel Slaman Guitars in the tradition of the guitars that Charlie made famous, like the ES-150 and ES-250 models. Jazz guitar maker Daniel Slaman will open the evening with a short introduction, talking about his guitars and the connection to Charlie Christian. Two sets of 45 min will be played, remembering this revolutionary guitarist and musician.