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Herb Ellis - 100% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mitchell Herbert Ellis, 4 August 1921, Farmersville, Texas, USA. In 1941 Ellis attended North Texas State College, where his fellow students included Jimmy Giuffre. After graduation, he played guitar in a number of big bands, including the Casa Loma Orchestra and the Jimmy Dorsey outfit. He was next with Soft Winds, a trio formed from the Dorsey rhythm section with Johnny F Read more

Tal Farlow - 80% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Talmadge Holt Farlow, 7 June 1921, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, d. 25 July 1998, Sea Bright, New Jersey, USA. Although his father was an amateur musician, Tal Farlow did not begin playing guitar until 1942, working as a professional sign-painter for several years. Before the decade was out he had achieved a sufficiently high standard to be hired by cabaret singer Dardane Read more

Pat Martino - 61% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Pat Azzara, 25 April 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Martino’s singer father encouraged him to play guitar and he received some instruction from his cousin. He was a professional guitarist by the age of 15, playing with saxophonists Willis Jackson and Red Holloway. He played in all the leading organ combos of the 60s: with Don Patterson, Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack Read more

Russell Malone - 61% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 November 1963, Albany, Georgia, USA. Malone began playing guitar at the age of four and by six had taught himself to play a solo from a record by the Dixie Hummingbirds. Raised in a small town, he heard only a little jazz but a lot of gospel and blues. He played in church but it was televised appearances by B.B. King and George Benson that encouraged his move into music as Read more

Jim Hall - 59% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Stanley Hall, 4 December 1930, Buffalo, New York, USA. While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Hall made his first professional appearances playing guitar in local bands. In the mid-50s he settled on the west coast, where he continued his studies and also played with Chico Hamilton’s quintet. In 1956 he became a member of Jimmy Giuffre’s trio, the Read more

Johnny Smith - 58% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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John Henry Smith Jnr., 25 June 1922, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. After first playing trumpet and violin, Smith took up the guitar, on which he became best known, although he continued to play trumpet in later years. In New York in the 40s Smith maintained steady employment as a studio musician, but also took part in after-hours bop sessions. In the early 50s a recording under Read more

Joe Pass - 57% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua, 13 January 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 23 May 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. In his mid- and late teens guitarist Pass worked with a number of name bands, including those led by Tony Pastor and Charlie Barnet. From the early 50s until the beginning of the following decade, Pass dwelt in self-imposed obscurity playing when a Read more

Kenny Burrell - 56% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenneth Earl Burrell, 31 July 1931, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Coming from a family that encouraged music (all his three brothers were musicians), Burrell studied classical guitar for a mere 18 months (1952-53). In 1955 he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Detroit’s Wayne University. He played guitar with the Candy Johnson Sextet in 1948, with Count Belcher in 1949 Read more

Charley Christian - 51% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
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Howard Roberts - 49% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Howard Mancel Roberts, 2 October 1929, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, d. 28 June 1992, Seattle, Washington, USA. After intensive studies on guitar and in music theory, Roberts became a very busy studio musician in Los Angeles. Through the 50s and 60s he played on countless records, mostly pop and rock, but he also featured on several jazz dates. During these years he played in jazz Read more

Shorty Rogers - 47% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Milton Rajonsky, 14 April 1924, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA, d. 7 November 1994, Van Nuys, California, USA. After studying in New York, Rogers played trumpet in the bands of Will Bradley, where he first met Shelly Manne, and Red Norvo. Military service interrupted his career, but in 1945 he joined Woody Herman for a spell, during which he also wrote a number of bop- Read more

Larry Coryell - 42% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 April 1943, Galveston, Texas, USA. Coryell grew up in the state of Washington. He first worked as a guitarist in 1958 when he formed a rock ‘n’ roll band with keyboard player Michael Mandel. In 1965 he relocated to New York and joined Chico Hamilton’s band, overlapping with the legendary guitarist Gabor Szabo, whom he eventually replaced. In 1966 he formed F Read more

Wes Montgomery - 41% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Leslie Montgomery, 6 March 1923, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, d. 15 June 1968, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Montgomery was inspired to take up the guitar after hearing records by Charlie Christian. Nearly 20 years old at the time, he taught himself to play by adapting what he heard on records to what he could accomplish himself. Guided in part by Christian’s example, Read more

Hampton Hawes - 39% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 22 May 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family (his mother played piano for the church run by his Presbyterian minister father), Hawes taught himself to play piano by listening to records of 30s jazz piano giants, among them Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and Fats Waller. He began to play professionally Read more

Frank Vignola - 37% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 December 1965, West Islip, New York, USA. Starting to play guitar at the age of five, Vignola’s first teacher was guitarist Jimmy George, who had been a member of Dion And The Belmonts. At the age of 12, Vignola also began playing the banjo and two years later won the Grand National Banjo Championship in Canada and recorded a banjo album. While playing guitar in rock Read more


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