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Mimi "Fast Fingers" Fox is one of the very few established female jazz guitarists (along with Emily Remler and Mary Osborne), her passion and technical excellence gracing the albums and performances of Darol Anger, Rhiannon, and Terry Garthwaite.
Primarily self-taught, Fox focused early on folk styles until she heard John Coltrane's seminal Giant Steps at age 14. Fox's early influences -- Aretha Franklin, Dixieland, and traditional jazz -- emerge in her evocative interpretations of jazz with swing stylings, blues, Latin, and her forte, bebop.
Against the Grain, Fox's debut release, demonstrated her playful mastery of standards and inspired insight through medleys, convincing established jazz aficionados, awing younger fans, and even winning some pop listeners. Mimi Fox: Live, Fox's next release, showed the explosive power of an improvisational approach by a confident artist surrounded by empathic players.
Mimi Fox is an American jazz guitarist and educator, known internationally for her work. She has released seven albums, with 2006's Perpetually Hip reaching #23 on the Billboard "Top Jazz Albums" chart.
Perpetually Hip is a two-disc set containing standards and new tunes written by Fox. One disc features solo recordings of Fox's while the other is with a band composed of fellow artists: bassist Harvie S, drummer Billy Hart, and pianist Xavier Davis. The album was released on April 4, 2006 on Favored Nations offshoot label Favored Nations Cool.
Fox is Chair of the Guitar Department, a faculty advisor and instructor at the Jazzschool for Musical Study and Performance in Berkeley, California.