Personalities | Barney Kessel | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, 1923–2004)

Barney Kessel took inspiration from his fellow Oklahoman, guitarist Charlie Christian, and developed an electric-guitar style that straddled swing and bop in effective fashion. He was featured in the Oscar-nominated short film Jammin’ The Blues (1944), and recorded with Charlie Parker in 1947. A stint with the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1952–53 led to recordings as a leader from 1953 onwards. Kessel formed Great Guitars with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd in 1973; they toured and recorded until his debilitating stroke in 1992.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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