January 2019 - Below is a link to an interview with Mr. Ken Avis guitarist for the group Verroneau and radio host of Antidote on WERA 96.7 Arlington, VA

August, 2018 - Proud to announce that I have completed Army Basic Training and have arrived back in Washington, DC as the Guitarist for the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Army Strings.

January 20, 2018 - I am very excited to announce that I will be a participant at the 2018 Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar!

An article from the Greenbelt News Review:

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch!

Please join Steve Abshire, Tommy Cecil, Danny Knicely and me for the Richmond Folk Festival October 13-15!



"Guitar fans in particular should find joy in the work of JAN KNUTSON.  His first recording, OUT OF NOWHERE [Knutson Music km 010] is a solo effort from August 2014 playing 11 [47:12] familiar standards that have a reflective quality I’d expect from someone like Herb Ellis but not a 15 year old lad. There seem to be more and more capable artists their teens. Knutson is a real player who happened to be 15 when this recording was made circa 2015. This recording, made without edits, is impressive and one can feel the intensity as he navigates the solo and bass lines, at times nearly stumbling over himself. The guitar he plays is a 17” archtop built by his father.

    JAN KNUTSON’s latest recording, LOOKING BOTH WAYS [Patuxent Records cd-284] has 13 tracks [62:66] making up this date [12/15] which is a mixture of 3 originals and 10 standards. It is a pleasure to hear Knutson play solo counterpoint to himself as he negotiates chord changes throwing out one line then playing underneath it. Knutson is nicely supported on some tunes by Steve Abshire [gtr], Tommy Cecil [b] and Danny Knicely [mandolin] and it is a nice break from his solo sides. His phrasing and timing clearly suggest an artist of a maturity past his 17 years for here he shows a relaxed ambience of assured confidence. Cleanly recorded, sit back and enjoy. It will be interesting if he continues in this pursuit...stay tuned."

                                                                  - Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine


If you enjoy guitarists like Joe Pass, Herb Ellis and chord-melody style guitar, you’re going to enjoy Looking Both Ways.
What I love about this album is the variety; its inventive, sensitive arrangements feature delicious melodic lines and stylish guitar playing throughout.
Live and on this CD, Knutson is in the company of the best musicians around. On tracks like “Pennies from Heaven” the twin weaving guitars of Knutson and Abshire carry the tune in the style of Pass and Ellis. Elsewhere, mandolin ace Danny Knicely cuts loose, swinging his way through “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Avalon.” The inspired hands of Tommy Cecil on Duke Ellington’s “Cotton Tail” show why he is rightly recognized as one of the best bass players today. These seasoned musicians provide a sympathetic and tasteful support to the music, never overpowering the guitar.
— Ken Avis, Baltimore Jazz Alliance




I'm pleased to announce that I just finished recording my second CD, this time at Patuxent Music Studios in Rockville, MD.  The album has six or seven solo tunes and then some duos, trios and quartets with the great guitarist Steve Abshire, mandolinist/guitarist Danny Knicely, and Tommy Cecil on bass.  Please keep visiting the website for more information as the project progresses.

This is a photo from a June 10, 2015 interview at WTOP radio studio with Mr. Jason Fraley.

This is a photo from a June 10, 2015 interview at WTOP radio studio with Mr. Jason Fraley.

The May 2015 edition of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine just came out.  Please take a look at their website:


Here is a recent interview from Truefire's Riff Journal. I encourage you to check out the Truefire website and hook up with some really amazing musicians.

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From the Gazette…..

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Below is a revised article from the Washington Post from January15,2015