Maurice Summerfield


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Summerfield Music

Maurice Summerfield wore many hats within the music industry as wholesaler, retailer, exporter, historian, author, publisher and mentor to a new generation of industry leaders. His family sold toys in the late 1800s. By the time Maurice joined the company, he added to the product line his own passion, the guitar. Over the years, he expanded the company and, in fact, made his own line of guitars known as CSL. He also became a very important part in the expansion of the Ibanez and the D’Addario Company, not only with performer endorsees, but in opening up the English market to these companies. As a historian and a passionate jazz guitarist, he wrote the book “The Jazz Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1900.”