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A new documentary explores the impact of Wes Montgomery

Did you know one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time is from the Circle City?

Guitarist Wes Montgomery plays in a crowded room

Wes is playing on stage at Henri’s Cafe Lounge, a bygone club at 408 Indiana Ave.

Whether you’re just now learning that downtown’s Indiana Avenue was once a mecca for jazz or you’re a local history aficionado, the upcoming documentary about Wes Montgomery is a must-see for music lovers and proud Hoosiers.

In “Wes Bound: The Genius of Wes Montgomery,” you’ll learn fun facts about the Grammy winner, like how he taught himself how to play the guitar by ear and how he innovated jazz music by playing with octaves when he soloed. The film pulls from hours of family and historian interviews and explores the musician’s impact on Indy and beyond.

You can watch it on Sunday, Feb. 26 on Indiana Public Media’s WTIU-TV or on Monday, March 6which would have been Wes’ 100th birthday.

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