Guitarists are the pacesetters of the jazz world, constantly on the edge of innovation. From the earliest guitar heroes like Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and Les Paul to modern giants like Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and John Scofield, guitarists have always been among the artists pushing the music to bigger, loftier heights.
Now, it's up to a new generation of artists to take jazz in unforeseen directions. Just who will those guitarists be? There are many, but in this special free digital download, we introduce you to five players we think will usher in the future of jazz guitar. These young six-stringers — all under age 45 — have already proven themselves game-changers on their instruments. Get to know them before they take the world by storm. Want to know where jazz guitar is headed? Just follow their fingers.