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The John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund Welcomes You

The legendary jazz musician John Abercrombie was a gifted guitarist and composer, and he also was an inspiring teacher and mentor. The fund was founded to pay tribute to John's legacy by providing tuition assistance to students based on need and merit. John was a relentless innovator on his instrument, and he was also devoted to encouraging a new generation of exceptional musicians throughout the world. He  made our lives a musical feast of unforgettable live performances, compositions, recordings and conversations about music.

Now it’s time to honor his memory by donating to the charitable fund in his name.

Will you join us? 

Contributions to the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship endowment provide essential tuition support. To contribute click here.

The John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund is a 501(c) (3) organization. 


Special Livestream Set
December 16th @9PM  ET!

Celebrating the late, great guitarist on the anniversary of his 77th birthday. Live guitar trio show from the Flat Iron in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Rale Micic guitar trio featuring Rale Micic on Guitars, Steve Haines on Bass and Geoff Clapp on drums will perform an 'all-Abercrombie' set of John's original compositions and favorite tunes.

Join us for this special live presentation streamed from the Rale Micic page on Facebook, or share some of John's music on this special day.

Photo (c) Diego Torrado


Meet Nate Knipscher- 2021 JAJSF Grant Recipient

NY-based Guitarist Studies at S.U.N.Y Purchase

Guitarist Nate Knipscher has been named as our third John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship recipient. Nate will begin his junior year this Fall at S.U.N.Y Purchase Conservatory of Music, studying with guitarist Pasquale Grasso. As our third grant recipient, he will help promote the foundation and its goals. Nate began playing rock guitar when he was 9 years old. When he was 12, he was smitten by a recording he heard of ‘Round Midnight by Wes Montgomery while on a bus ride. “Before that point, I had never heard a guitar sound like THAT”, he said. After that, he was completely hooked and decided to dedicate his entire existence to jazz guitar. Nate found Kenny Burrell, Tal Farlow, more Wes and along that path shifted toward the restrained, creative playing that Jim Hall and John Abercrombie offered. “John’s playing in particular, has shown me that in order to push the boundaries of the music I play, I have to defy expectations and avoid falling into the trap of normalcy”, he said. “When I listen to John Abercrombie, I can hear someone pushing hard against that, and playing familiar tunes in new and inventive ways. Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps, and share innovative jazz guitar performances with the world, as I’ve always dreamed of doing.”
All submissions were reviewed by a five-judge panel that included Pianist Marc Copland, Guitarists' Bob DeVos and Rale Micic, Gary Lefkowitz and Lisa Abercrombie.   Special thanks to the judges panel, for each of the submissions that we received this year, and to the incredible group of musicians, supporters and contributors to the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund.

May 14, 2021


Three of John's Musical Gems Easily Overlooked

Jazz Guitar Today contributor Joe Barth writes about his favorite Abercrombie recordings in the publication's March 17 edition.


Remembering John Abercrombie
on 12.16. 20

A very special live guitar duo set  celebrating John and his music. Featuring guitarists Rale Micic and Steve Cardenas along with legendary special guest tributes! Also: read noted author Steve Silberman's heartfelt tribute.




 Marc Copland's long association with Abercrombie began with their appearance together in 1971 as members of Chico Hamilton's quartet, and continued through their last tour, in December 2016. They gigged and recorded over the years as members of each other's bands, and also as a duo. John's last quartet, with Copland, Drew Gress and Joey Baron, spent several years touring worldwide and recorded two albums for the ECM label. That's a very long association—a lot of music was made by these two gentlemen together.


The John Abercrombie Guitar Collection Auction Event: Completely Sold Out!

Each of the guitars were carefully restored, polished and restrung by the guitar luminary Steve Salerno. John had a very specific concept and vision for his signature sound that was always evolving. He also had very exacting requirements and specifications for the luthiers and manufactured instruments that he used both on stage and as a recording artist. These guitar makers include Rick McCurdy, Brian Moore, Patrick Cummings, Roger Sadowsky, Rob Engel,  James L. Mapson, Peter Coura, Stefan Schottmueller as well as instruments manufactured by Taylor, Gibson, Guild, Fender Epiphone, and an electric mandolin made by Kevin Schwab. Also included in the sale were some of John’s guitar synths and effects pedals. Proceeds  benefitted the John Abercrombie estate. One special instrument was auctioned to benefit the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund Charitable Trust.

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Leonid Morozov-2020 JAJSF Grant Recipient

Jazz Guitarist from Moscow, Russia. Studies at S.U.N.Y Purchase

The JAJSF has selected its second scholarship grant recipient at the S.U.N.Y Purchase Conservatory of Music. The guitarist’s name is Leonid Morozov and he will be a senior there in the Fall.

Leonid was raised as part of a musical family in Moscow. His grandad is a fine jazz pianist and director of an International Festival there known as “Jazz Province”. He was exposed to jazz and classical music at a young age, and picked up the harmonica listening to Howlin’ Wolf, Mississippi Fred McDowell and others. When he was 15 years old, he heard the music of saxophonist Lester Young. He was enthralled, and knew that he wanted to dedicate himself to jazz music. He has played with his own trios and quartets in and around Moscow, and studies with Pasquale Grasso.

All submissions were reviewed by a five-judge panel that included Pianist Marc Copland, Guitarists' Bob DeVos and Rale Micic, Gary Lefkowitz and Lisa Abercrombie.  


Remembering John Abercrombie: At The Birdland Theatre NYC on 1.23.20

An All-Star Salute to commemorate the anniversary of John Abercrombie's 75th birthday.


Andreas Lasos-2019 JAJSF Grant Recipient

Jazz Guitarist from Athens, Greece - Studies at S.U.N.Y Purchase

The JAJSF has selected its first scholarship grant recipient at SUNY Purchase College.      

The guitarist’s name is Andreas Lasos and he is enrolled in the Jazz performance program there.

His musical journey initially began with the violin, a love of the blues, then he discovered the music of Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and John Abercrombie. He is currently working on fusing greek, balkan and middle eastern music with jazz.   In 2019, he studied with Doug Munro and Vic Juris. All submissions were reviewed by a five-judge panel that included Pianist Marc Copland, Guitarists' Bob DeVos and Rale Micic, Gary Lefkowitz and Lisa Abercrombie.  


Berklee College of Music

Timeless: John Abercrombie Tribute Concert

Berklee Performance Center

Boston, MA

October 10th, 2018

Featuring Lage Lund, Joey Baron, Joe Lovano, Ben Street and special guests. Produced by Rick Peckham and Michael Borgida.

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New Ringtone Versions of Parable and Telegram available on iTunes!

We are very pleased to announce the availability of iPhone ringtone versions of John's early recordings ‘Parable’ and ‘Telegram’,  for iPhone (only/Android versions coming soon. Early on in his career, producer Manfred Eicher shipped John recording equipment in order for him to compose and create his first and only solo guitar recording, released as “Characters”.  If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s an acoustic guitar masterwork overdubbed with other stringed instruments such as electric mandolin, each track composed and performed by the virtuoso. This recording opened many doors for John both personally and professionally and its out of print. Ringtone proceeds for Parable and Telegram (after Apple hosting and aggregator fees)  go directly to the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund, thanks in part to generous grants by ECM as well as John’s estate.  They have also been optimized for smartphone audio by Harmonic Fox Sound Design.

Parable Ringtone for iPhone

Telegram Ringtone for iPhone

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Timeless: An All-Star Tribute Concert for the Ages

A Dream Lineup of Dear Friends and Close Collaborators


The New Documentary Film

Open Land: 

Meeting John Abercrombie 

Filmmakers Arno Oehri and Oliver Primus have produced a fine biographical portrait of John's life and work. Their film entitled "Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie" is currently being screened at film festivals in the U.S. and Zurich. It will be released as a DVD by ECM Records in the U.S. on August 3rd.


"To be creative and spontaneous, you have to live with imperfection."

John Abercrombie


NPR Interview

Remembering John Abercrombie:

"To Learn, That's Why I Play"  

As a remembrance, NPR Radio station KCBX released a gem of an interview from their archives.  In this conversation from 2009, which was not intended for air but was just an exploratory interview for pull quotes, Abercrombie talks about how he got started and offers insights into his musical mind as he comments on the tracks from the ECM release, Wait Till You See Her.

Listen here:



"You're just sort of searching for this 'thing' and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising, at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo."

John Abercrombie

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Remember Hymn

 A ballad composed as a remembrance of Collin Walcott featuring Michael Brecker

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