born on 5/5/1933 in Medora, IN, United States
died on 27/8/2001 in Dillsboro, IN, United States
Cal Collins (May 5, 1933 – August 27, 2001) was an American jazz guitarist.
Born in Medora, Indiana, Collins first played the mandolin professionally as a bluegrass musician in the early 1950s. After service in the Army, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and switched to jazz guitar after hearing swing guitarists Charlie Christian, Irving Ashby, and Oscar Moore. He played in Cincinnati for twenty years.
Benny Goodman hired him in 1976 at the age of 43. He spent three years with the Goodman orchestra and then three years making albums for Concord Records. As a leader and sideman, he worked with Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Rosemary Clooney, Ross Tompkins, Woody Herman, John Bunch, and Marshal Royal.
In the early 1980s, Collins returned to Cincinnati and slowed down his career. He joined the Masters of the Steel String Guitar Tour in 1993 with Jerry Douglas and Doc Watson and recorded his last album in 1998. In 2001, he died of liver failure.
- 1974 Milestones (Pausa)
- 1977 Ohio Boss Guitar
- 1978 Cincinnati to L.A. (Concord Jazz)
- 1978 In San Francisco (Concord Jazz)
- 1979 Blues on My Mind (Concord Jazz)
- 1979 By Myself (Concord Jazz)
- 1980 Interplay (Concord Jazz)
- 1981 Cross Country (Concord Jazz)
- 1983 Crack'd Rib (Mo Pro)
- 1990 Ohio Style (Concord Jazz)
- 1998 S'us Four (J Curve)
- Yanow, Scott (2013). The great jazz guitarists : the ultimate guide. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
- Prato, Greg. "Cal Collins". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 March 2017.