Guitarist, author, and educator Garrison Fewell died July 5 at age 61, according to a press release from Jazz Promo Services. The cause and place of death were not mentioned.
Fewell, according to the release, grew up in Philadelphia and began playing guitar at age 11. He turned professional in 1967 and studied with guitarists Lenny Breau and Pat Martino at the Berklee College of Music. Upon his graduation in 1977 Fewell joined the guitar department at Berklee where he taught for 38 years. He authored two textbooks on jazz guitar: Jazz Improvisation for Guitar-A Melodic Approach and Jazz Improvisation for Guitar-A Harmonic Approach. He also wrote for music magazines.