Adrian Ingrams

Adrian Ingrams –

Jazz Guitarist and Tutor, 1950~


Adrian Ingram is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the jazz guitar. He has written extensively about the history, players, styles & instruments of the genre.  As an Educator, he has served as Guitar specialist for Birmingham Education Authority (1975-1981) and Lecturer in Jazz and popular music at Huddersfield Technical College (1981-82). Following this he taught for 13-yrs as Senior Lecturer in Jazz Guitar at the prestigious Leeds College of Music (1982-1995).

Adrian has an MA in music performance and a Master of Philosophy in music education. He studied music education with Professor John Paynter OBE (York University) and the Guitar with Barney Kessel & Howard Roberts. He was elected both Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Fellow of the College of Preceptors (FColl.P) in 1987 for outstanding contribution to music education. Adrian also holds advanced Diplomas in Classical Guitar performance & instruction and has attained Dept. of Education and Science’s “qualified teacher” status.

His books include definitive biography of Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery, and The Gibson L5, Its History and Players (Centerstream Publishing). Adrian has produced a wide range of educational material e.g. Modem Jazz Guitar Technique (Hampton), Cool Blues & Hot Jazz (Warner Bros) and a Suite tracing the history of Jazz Guitar: Jazz Guitar Cameos (Mel Bay Publications, Inc.). He is also the authorized biographer of luthier Robert Benedetto.


Adrian has written countless magazine articles and columns. He is a regular columnist and consultant for Guitarist, music & reviews Editor for Just Jazz Guitar, and contributes to Classical Guitar, 20th Century Guitar, Vintage Guitar Classics, Vintage Guitar & Guitar. His international reputation as a player & teacher was consolidated by clinics and Workshops at major Festivals (New York, Arlington, Cork, Philadelphia etc.). Adrian also performs with leading jazz musicians with whom he has made a variety of recordings and participated in Radio & TV broadcasts. He is featured on the 1st Jazz Guitar DVD with Guitarist John PisanoLive at Wakefield Jazz (Mel Bay Publications, Inc./String Jazz).

Adrian on Jazz Chords