Leonard Breau, 5 August, 1941, Auburn, Maine, USA, d. 12 August 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA. Before turning to jazz, guitarist Breau played in the same field as his country music-singing parents, Hal Lone Pine And Betty Cody. Playing from the age of seven, he worked in the familys act, billed as Lone Pine Jr. ? The Guitar Wizard, throughout the northeastern states and in Canada. He had established himself in this field in a minor way when, under the guidance of pianist Bob Erlandson, he began to turn to jazz. In 1962, in Toronto, he formed the group, Three, with singer Don Francks and bass player Ian Henstridge. Later, he worked as a solo, appearing on television in his own show for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. When he was in his late twenties, he formed a jazz trio and made two widely acclaimed albums. This was in the late 60s and during the following decade he performed with many leading jazz artists. Breaus reputation spread...
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