A long-time presence on the St. Louis blues scene, guitarist, singer, bandleader and songwriter Alvin Jett passed away on December 23. He was 54.

Jett grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, in a large family of thirteen children. His father played drums with blues legends Little Milton and Albert King, and he gave Jett his first guitar. After his discharge from the Navy in his early twenties, Jett threw himself into music, and like many aspiring bluesmen in the St. Louis area, he learned from the elder statesmen of his day, particularly Tommy Bankhead, with whom he played for three years in the Blues Eldorados.

Jett was a regular contributor to the St. Louis Blues Society and its Guitar Masters concert series, and he is remembered for hosting numerous jam sessions in which he encouraged and mentored a younger generation of musicians.

Source: Riverfront Times

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