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Jimmy Raney - 100% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Elbert Raney, 20 August 1927, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 10 May 1995, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. After working in the New York and Chicago areas, in bands led by Jerry Wald and Lou Levy, guitarist Raney joined Woody Herman in 1948. Thereafter he played and recorded with a number of leading swing era veterans and up-and-coming stars including Artie Shaw, Stan Getz, T Read more

Tal Farlow - 98% 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

Herb Ellis - 84% 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

Pat Martino - 83% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
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

Jim Hall - 76% 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 - 74% 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 - 60% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz 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

Emily Remler - 58% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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18 September 1957, New York City, New York, USA, d. 4 May 1990, Sydney, Australia. Emily Remler began playing guitar as a small child and her early preference for rock was superseded by jazz while studying at Berklee College Of Music. After leaving Berklee in 1976 she began performing professionally, playing club, concert and festival engagements across the USA. A residency Read more

Jimmy Bruno - 47% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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James Michael Bruno, 22 July 1953, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Encouraged by his professional guitar-playing father, who played on the Virtues’ 1959 hit ‘Guitar Boogie Shuffle’, Bruno took up the instrument at the age of five. His first significant engagement came in the early 70s when he toured with the big band led by Buddy Rich. From the mid-70s to the Read more

Kenny Burrell - 39% 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

Wes Montgomery - 38% 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

Kurt Rosenwinkel - 29% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Kurt Peter Rosenwinkel, 28 October 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Playing guitar from an early age, Rosenwinkel’s musical ears were opened by the music of Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Bill Frisell. After briefly attending Berklee College Of Music in Boston, in the late 80s he moved to New York where he joined Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, an associat Read more

Charlie Byrd - 28% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1925, Chuckatuck, Virginia, USA, d. 2 December 1999, Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Byrd began playing guitar while still a small child and by the start of World War II was already highly proficient. During the war he met and played with Django Reinhardt and soon after the end of the war he became a full-time professional musician. He played in a number of popular da Read more

Russell Malone - 28% 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

Grant Green - 27% match to Barney Kessel

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 June 1935, St Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 31 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Heavily influenced by Charlie Christian, guitarist Green first played professionally with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and made his recording debut on organist Brother Jack McDuff’s classic 1960 session, The Honeydripper. Although noted particularly for his work in organ-guitar-dr Read more


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