Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Jazz Guitar Performance and Jazz Education

  • Concert Soloist

  • Recording Artist

  • Freelance Jazz Projects

  • Composition for Guitar

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Applied Jazz Guitar

  • Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Professional Background

Guitarist Jody Fisher is an international jazz guitarist and guitar educator, known especially for his solo guitar performances and recordings. He has worked professionally in various styles of music and has performed and conducted clinics and classes all over the world in both group and solo contexts. Mr Fisher has appeared with countless well known jazz artists all over the United States over his career and continues to be an active performer and educator in the jazz guitar community.

Some of the artists Mr Fisher has performed with include:

  • Jody Fisher and Friends

  • Alphonso Johnson

  • Bernd Heitzler

  • Betty Cox Johnson

  • Betty White

  • Big Joe Turner

  • Bill Toll

  • Billy Barty

  • Bo Diddly

  • Bobby "Boris" Pickett

  • Bobby Troupe

  • Brandon Fields

  • Coasters

  • Connie Francis

  • Danny Thomas

  • Dennis Miller

  • Don Rickles

  • Drifters

  • Duane Eddie

  • El Chicano

  • Frank Gorshin

  • Frank Haunchild

  • Frankie Laine

  • Gabriella Anders

  • Gene Barry

  • Harry Connick Jr.

  • Helen Forest

  • Helen O'Connell

  • Hot Goods

  • Ink Spots

  • Jan and Dean

  • Joe Diorio

  • John Abercrombie

  • John B. Williams

  • John Barrymore

  • John Williams

  • Jon Finn,

  • Julie London

  • Keely Smith

  • Keenan Winn

  • Kelly Garrett Marshall Hawkins

  • Marvin Miller

  • Mike Stern

  • Pat Butram

  • Phyllis Diller

  • Rich Little

  • Roberta Sherwood

  • Rosemary Clooney

  • Rosie and the Originals

  • Sam Houston

  • Shirelles

  • Shirley and Lee

  • Shirley Bassey

  • Skyles and Henderson

  • Spinners

  • Sterno and the Flames

  • Tal Farlow

  • The Association

  • The New Modernaires

  • The Penguines

Jody Fisher has authored over thirty books on jazz guitar and has written for most of the major guitar magazines, In addition, Mr Fisher appears in over one hundred fifty instructional video lessons, including many with guitarist George Benson.


The Guitar Mode Encyclopedia--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Beginning Jazz Guitar--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Intermediate Jazz Guitar--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Mastering Chord Melody--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Mastering Jazz Improvisation--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts

Jazz Guitar Masterclass (along with Steve Khan, Ron Eschete, Mark Whitfield, Joe Diorio and Scott Henderson) - Alfred/Workshop Arts

Guitar Chord and Scale Finder--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Jazz Guitar Christmas--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Rhythm Guitar Encyclopedia--Book and 2 CDs--Alfred/Workshop Arts
The 30-Day Guitar Workout--Alfred/Workshop Arts

Stand Alone Tracks: Smooth Jazz--Book and CD play-a-long set - Alfred/Workshop Arts

Jazz Skills--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts

Ear Training for the Contemporary Guitarist--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts

The Jazz Guitar Lick Encyclopedia--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Jazz Guitar Harmony--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts

The Art of Solo Guitar, Vol.I--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts
The Art of Solo Guitar, Vol.II--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts

Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar Solos--Book and CD (along with numerous guitarists/composers)--Mel Bay Publications

I Used To Play Guitar--Book and CD--Alfred/Workshop Arts
Teaching Guitar--Book and CD--Alfre/Workshop Arts
The Total Jazz Guitarist--Book and CD/Alfred/Warner Bros/Workshop Arts

Education Experience

Holds position of Guitar Department Chair at Los Angeles Music Academy, Pasadena, CA.

Currently Teaches Jazz, Finger-Style and Chord Melody at Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena, CA.

Currently Teaches Jazz Guitar at Riverside Community College (RCCD) in Riverside, CA.

National Guitar Workshop
Jazz Clinician
Associate Director
Directed many satellite campuses
Former Director, NGW Jazz Summit

The University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
Professor of Jazz and Studio Guitar,
Developed Jazz Improvisation Curriculum
Taught all Improvisation Courses
Directed Studio Jazz Band and associated combos in addition to
Performances Classes

The University of La Verne (La Verne, CA
Professor of Jazz and Studio Guitar

Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA, Idyllwild, CA
Professor of Jazz and Studio Guitar

Elected to PI KAPPA LAMBDA in 1989