Esmond Selwyn has long been recognised as one of the UK's greatest performing jazz guitarists and jazz educators.
A view that has been readily seconded by many of the world's leading jazz dignitaries from the legendary Johnny Smith, and Tal Farlow to Miles Davis sidesman, Dave Liebman.
After Esmond had played a set at Ronnie Scott's Club with Bill le Sage he was to receive a most memorable accolade from legendary Miles Davis tenor sax sidesman, George Coleman "You sound great, boy!"
From Tony Mottola, Frank Sinatra's guitarist, a personal letter reads "You have great chops! (technique) My pleasure these days comes from listening to great jazz guitarists such as yourself..."
Esmond's style forms a direct link with the great jazz guitarists of the past, many of whom befriended him and instructed him: Chuck Wayne, Tal Farlow, George van Eps, Barry Galbraith and Sal Salvador.
Esmond has appeared on the bill with Chick Corea,
Elvin Jones, Charlie Byrd and has personally accompanied American jazz giants Art Farmer, Al Cohn and Jimmy Witherspoon.
His many other engagements have included a Royal Wedding and playing for a private party for Frank Sinatra at London's Savoy Hotel.