“When people say ‘jazz’, they get locked into ‘It's not this; it's this.’ I never looked at music that way”: Grammy-nominated virtuoso David Becker is nurturing the future of jazz guitar – and he’s encouraging them to break the rules

Jazz guitarist David Becker performs live
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Recognized as a world-class jazz guitarist, but well versed in every genre, Grammy- and Emmy-nominated David Becker has recorded 20 albums. Included in that catalog is 2005’s acclaimed The Color of Sound, a duo project with beloved instructor and friend, the late Joe Diorio, whom he met while studying at GIT.  

Becker’s Heritage signature guitar was introduced at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show. Known as the “Million Miler” because of its travel history, it remains his touring and onstage companion. In 2020, Homestead Guitars debuted his signature acoustic. Last year, Sheptone announced the David Becker Signature Strings Set. 

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.