How many guitarists are there in a jazz band?

I’m gonna have jazz band this upcoming high school year, and I’m wondering up to how many guitarists are there in jazz band? I joined cause hopefully I could play guitar, and I even bought a hollowbody for the genre.

9 thoughts on “How many guitarists are there in a jazz band?

  1. Keegan

    I believe only one since they are not used in all the songs some schools don’t even use guitars.

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  2. Tim O'Donnell

    the norm seems to be 1 guitar and 1 bass guitar.

    as it has been mentioned already though, as many or as few as you want.

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  3. STAN V

    I would listen to some recordings of Barney Kessel to hear what the guitar sounds like with other musicians, try ” Straight Ahead ” rec ’75 on Contemporary/OJC, he was a West Coast jazz guitarist who recorded for the Contemporary label,
    usualy there was one guitarist in a band/group.

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  4. Eric T

    The cover of Parisian Swing from Django Reinhardt shows three (+ bass & Violin).
    I have worked with a band called Gypsy Pacific that had two (+ bass & violin).
    I have a couple Gabor Szabo record that sport at least two.
    California Guitar Trio has three (they are not strictly jazz, tho).
    If it’s jazz I think anything goes.

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  5. darth bane

    normally only one but depending on the jazz band teachers taste could be up to 3 before it gets obsessive also if you have a huge jazz band it could also change the number

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  6. yanksnut

    In high school, as many as want to play. In general, only one. My jazz band had two, and we did very well

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