Ax Museum: Wes Montgomery

Indianapolis, Indiana, is hardly what you’d call a music town. Best known for the annual Indy 500, it’s the sort of place where people work in factories and raise kids. Wes Montgomery, like a lot of guys with big families, needed a day job and a night job to make ends meet. By day, he was a welder, and a good one. After work, he would grab a few hours of sleep and go off to his other job. He was pretty good at that one, too, although it was a little different—by night, Wes Montgomery was the premier jazz guitarist of his generation.

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