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Encyclopedia > Barney Kessel
Cover of a Barney Kessel album.
Cover of a Barney Kessel album.

Barney Kessel (October 17, 1923May 6, 2004) was an American jazz guitarist born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA. He began his career as a teenager touring with local dance bands before moving on to bands such as that led by Chico Marx. He quickly established himself as a key post-Charlie Christian jazz guitarist. In 1944 he participated in the Lester Young film "Jammin' the Blues" and in 1947 he recorded with Charlie Parker's New Stars on the "Relaxin' at Camarillo" session for Dial Records. Image File history File links Barney_Kessel. ... Image File history File links Barney_Kessel. ... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Location within the state of Oklahoma County Muskogee County Mayor Wren Stratton Area    - City 100. ... Leonard Marx, known as Chico, (March 22, 1887 – October 11, 1961) was one of the Marx Brothers. ... Charlie Christian (29 July 1916 – 2 March 1942) was an American jazz guitarist. ... See also: 1943 in music, other events of 1944, 1945 in music and the list of years in music. // Events Jo Stafford launches her solo career Frank Sinatra begins his film career with the musical Higher And Higher Frankie Laine cuts his first singles for the Beltone and Atlas labels... Lester Young Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed Prez, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. ... See also: 1946 in music, other events of 1947, 1948 in music and the list of years in music. // Events Patti Page signs with Mercury Frankie Laine earns his first, of 21, gold records Kay Starr signs with Capitol George Jones begins performing Jimmy Rogers begins recording the Weavers begin... Charlie Parker Charles Bird Parker, Jr. ... Dial Records has been the name of more than one record company. ...

Barney Kessel is known for his innovative work in the guitar trio setting. In the 1950s, he made a series of albums called "The Poll Winners" with Ray Brown on bass and Shelly Manne on drums. He was also responsible for the prominent guitar on Julie London's definitive recording of "Cry Me a River". Raymond Matthews (Ray) Brown (October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– July 2, 2002) was an American jazz bassist. ... Shelly Manne (June 11, 1920–September 26, 1984), born Sheldon Manne in New York, New York, was an American jazz drummer. ... Julie London Julie London (September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress who was known for her smoky, sensual voice and role as Nurse Dixie McCall RN on the television show Emergency! (1972–1977). ... Cry Me a River is a popular song. ...

Kessel was also a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio with Ray Brown in the early 1950s. The guitar chair was called the hardest gig in show business since Peterson often liked to play at breakneck tempos. Herb Ellis took over from Kessel after a year or so. Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, O.Ont. ... Raymond Matthews (Ray) Brown (October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– July 2, 2002) was an American jazz bassist. ... Mitchell Herbert (Herb) Ellis (born in 1921) is an American jazz guitarist. ...

A "first call" guitarist at Columbia Pictures, during the 1960s Kessel became one of the most in-demand session guitarists in America, and is considered a key member of the group of first-call session musicians now usually known as The Wrecking Crew. In this capacity he played on hundreds of famous pop recordings including albums and singles by Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, The Monkees and many others. He appeared (in an acting part, not as a guitarist) in one episode of the Perry Mason TV show. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Wrecking Crew was a collection of world-class session musicians based in Los Angeles, who typically had backgrounds in jazz or classical music and were the most successful group of studio musicians in music history. ... Harvey Phillip Spector (born December 26, 1940) is an American record producer of the 1960s and 1970s. ... The Beach Boys are a pop music group formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961 who are widely considered one of the most influential bands in rock and pop music history. ... The Monkees were a four-man musical band created for an American television series of the same name, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968. ... Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. ...

During the 1970s, Kessel presented his seminar 'The Effective Guitarist' in various locations around the world.

Kessel released several solo albums even late into his life. "The Blue Guitar" and "Kessel Plays Standards" were both released late in his career, showcasing his longevity as a performer and his undying creativity.

Kessel died of brain cancer in San Diego, California. He had been in poor health after suffering a stroke in 1992. A brain tumor is any mass created by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells either found in the brain (neurons, glial cells, epithelial cells, myelin producing cells, etc. ... It has been suggested that Downtown San Diego be merged into this article or section. ... A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA),[1] is an acute neurologic injury in which the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

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Barney Kessel, 80, innovative jazz guitarist - The Boston Globe (688 words)
Kessel, a pioneer of the electric guitar, had been in poor health since 1992, when he had a stroke that curtailed his nearly six-decade musical career.
Kessel told The Times in 1990 that he also was the first to record without a piano -- truly propelling the guitar from background rhythm duties into the limelight.
Kessel related, were using an oboe in jazz and writing a jazz version of the opera "Carmen," which he recorded with Andre Previn on piano.
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