Jazz Guitarist Eddie Diehl – RIP

Jazz Guitar Life laments the passing of Jazz Guitarist Eddie Diehl, who passed away on June 20th, 2017. Sadly, I was not aware of Eddie and only found out about him when I noticed a few Facebook statuses from Vic Juris, Royce Campbell and David O’Rourke mentioning that he had passed. There were a few YouTube videos posted as well which I checked out immediately. Turns out that Eddie was a wonderful player in the tradition of Jimmy Raney, Grant Green and George Benson. In fact, I just read that Eddie replaced Grant in Brother Jack McDuff’s Organ trio back in 1961 before being replaced by George a couple of years later! How’s that for history!!

If you would like to learn more about Eddie Diehl, then check out this YouTube link where filmmaker Bart Thrall documents Eddie’s life in a touching and very personal series of filmed interviews.


If you have/had any stories of Eddie, please feel free to tell us in the comments section below.

To Eddie’s family and friends, if you’re reading this, my condolences on your loss.



  1. Eddie was a good friend, an original thinker, and a fine guitar player. I got to play with him a lot in Harvey Kaiser’s band, “The Kansas City Sound.” We made a few CDs with that band, and you can find them on CD Baby under my name

    • Hi Bill and thanks for sharing your thoughts on your friend Eddie Diehl. My condolences on the loss of your friend.

      Take care and all the best.


  2. Mr. Diehl played countless concerts at the Rosendale Cafe with a variety of Jazz greats. He always waited patiently for his turn to play a flawless solo.

    • Hi Thad and thanks for dropping by and sharing a thought about Eddie Diehl. The more I learn the more I find out how great a player and person Mr. Diehl was.

      Take care and all the best.


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