George Barnes Quartet

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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17 July 1921, Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA, d. 5 September 1977, Concord, California, USA. Although first achieving a measure of national prominence by winning a Tommy Dorsey Amateur Swing Contest in 1937 when he was only 16 years old, Barnes was already a seasoned guitarist. He had previously worked extensively in the Midwest as leader of his own small group. He followed his contest success with a string of recording sessions in which he accompanied leading blues singers, among them Big Bill Broonzy, Blind John Davis, Jazz Gillum and Washboard Sam. Interestingly enough, given such classical country blues associations, Barnes had been an early exponent of the electric guitar, which he had taken up in 1931. Apart from his army service, Barnes spent most of the 40s in staff jobs with NBC and ABC in Chicago and with Decca Records in New York.

In the 60s, Barnes worked with fellow guitarists Carl Kress and Bucky Pizzarelli. Known as a decidedly...

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