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Tal Farlow - 95% match to Lenny Breau

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

Jim Hall - 81% match to Lenny Breau

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

Kurt Rosenwinkel - 71% match to Lenny Breau

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

Pat Martino - 69% match to Lenny Breau

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

Joe Pass - 67% match to Lenny Breau

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

Herb Ellis - 64% match to Lenny Breau

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

Wes Montgomery - 64% match to Lenny Breau

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

Jimmy Bruno - 63% match to Lenny Breau

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

Johnny Smith - 61% match to Lenny Breau

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

Jimmy Raney - 60% match to Lenny Breau

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

Larry Coryell - 49% match to Lenny Breau

Genres: Jazz
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

George Van Eps - 48% match to Lenny Breau

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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7 August 1913, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA, d. 29 November 1998, Newport Beach, California, USA. The son of the famous banjoist Fred Van Eps, George played the banjo professionally before he was a teenager. At the age of 13 he heard Eddie Lang, decided to switch to guitar and within a couple of years was earning a reputation as a teacher. In the late 20s and early 30s he wor Read more

Barney Kessel - 46% match to Lenny Breau

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 October 1923, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 6 May 2004, San Diego, California, USA. After playing in various bands (including one led by Chico, the piano-playing Marx brother), Kessel began to establish a name for himself on the west coast. He appeared in the Norman Granz -produced short film Jammin’ The Blues (1944), then played in various big bands of the late swing Read more

Bucky Pizzarelli - 46% match to Lenny Breau

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Paul Pizzarelli, 9 January 1926, Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Although a self-taught guitarist, Pizzarelli quickly showed a comprehensive grasp of the guitar’s potential. Beginning his professional career in 1943 with the Vaughn Monroe dance band, he played in large and small combos, worked as a NBC staff musician, and as accompanist to singers, and even ventured int Read more

Kenny Burrell - 40% match to Lenny Breau

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


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