Jazz guitarist, Thel Petty, performs regularly in the Carolinas in a variety of settings and venues with a number of great players in the Charlotte area. Self-taught as a teenager, he played rock and R&B in the late 1970's and 80’. His musical interest turned to jazz where in high school he was the guitarist for the school jazz band as well as other R&B and funk bands.

He has become in-demand as a Jazz player and is recognized as an outstanding soloist by many Charlotte area musicians. Thel plays a hand-made Mesrobian Soloist which was custom-built for him by luthier, Carl Mesrobian of Salem Massachusetts. He is a member of the Charlotte Jazz Society.

His main guitar influences include Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, Pat Martino and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Other influences include, Stan Getz, Charles Earland, Cannonball Adderley among many other great jazz artists.  - Reviews »


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By: Thel Petty, Composer: Stevie Wonder
Overjoyed
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By: Thel Petty
A Time to Reflect
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By: Thel Petty, Composer: Bill Withers
Just The Two of Us