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Encyclopedia > Lenny Breau

Lenny Breau (August 5, 1941August 12, 1984) was a brilliantly innovative American-born Canadian jazz guitarist who brought together country, classical, flamenco and jazz guitar techniques. Breau developed a great deal of technical ability; inspired by country guitarists like Chet Atkins, Breau used a fingerstyle not often used in Jazz guitar. Largely unknown in popular music, he is known today as a musician's musician. is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... See also Jazz guitar Category:Jazz guitarists by genre The following is a list of notable jazz guitarists, including guitarists from related jazz genres such as Western Swing, latin jazz, and jazz-rock fusion. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... A classical guitar, also called a Spanish guitar, is a musical instrument from the family of musical instruments called chordophones. ... Flamenco is a Spanish musical genre. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Fingerpicking is playing the guitar using the fingertips or fingernails, rather than with a plectrum (or pick). It is usually used in Classical guitar styles, and some other acoustic styles, but it has found its way into other genres as well, including rock and roll, although its use in such...

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Breau was born August 5, 1941, in Auburn, Maine. His francophone parents, Hal "Lone Pine" Breau and Betty Cody (nee Coté), were professional country and western musicians who performed and recorded from the end of the Second World War until the late 1950s. Their son began playing guitar at the age of eight, and by the age of twelve he was the lead guitarist for his parents' band, billed as "Lone Pine Junior", playing Merle Travis and Chet Atkins instrumentals and occasionally singing. Breau made his first professional recording in Westbrook, Maine at the age of 15, appropriately titled Boy Wonder. is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Location in Androscoggin County, Maine Coordinates: Counties Androscoggin County Area    - City {{{area_total}}} km²  - Land 59. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Merle Travis (November 29, 1917 - October 20, 1983) is an American country and western singer, songwriter, and musician. ...


The Breau family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1957, and their new band travelled and performed around the city and province as the CKY Caravan. Their shows were broadcast live on Winnipeg's CKY on Saturday mornings from various remote locations. One of their regular listeners was Randy Bachman, who was sixteen years of age at the time. On one occasion Bachman bicycled to a Caravan performance in his West Kildonan neighborhood and ended up meeting Breau. Breau and Bachman soon became friends, and Breau informally began teaching Bachman, who has since described those lessons as "...the beginning of my life as a guitar player." Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge), 1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL YT NT NU Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard - Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation... CKY has been the callsign of three radio stations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Randoph Charles Bachman, OM (born September 27, 1943) was lead guitarist and songwriter of the 1970s rock band, The Guess Who, and later formed the famous hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive with his brothers Robbie Bachman, drums, Tim Bachman, rhythm guitar and friend Fred Turner on bass and lead... West Kildonan is a residential suburb of Winnipeg, Manitoba, lying on the west side of the Red River, and immediately north of the old City of Winnipeg. ...


Around 1959 Lenny Breau left his parents' band and sought out local jazz musicians, performing at Winnipeg venues including "Rando Manor" and the "Stage Door". He met pianist Bob Erlendson, who began teaching him more of the foundations of jazz. In 1961 Breau left for Toronto and soon created the jazz group Three with singer/actor Don Francks and Don Henstridge on acoustic bass. Don Francks or Iron Buffalo (born February 28, 1932 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a legendary Canadian actor, vocalist and jazz musician. ...


Three performed in Toronto, Ottawa, and New York City. Their music was featured in the 1962 National Film Board documentary Toronto Jazz, and they recorded a live album at a New York jazz club and appeared on US network television on the Jackie Gleason and Joey Bishop shows. Returning to Winnipeg, Breau became a regular session guitarist recording for CBC Radio and CBC Television, and contributed to CBC-TV's Teenbeat, Music Hop, and his own Lenny Breau Show. To many Canadians, Breau's jazz is still an evocative memory of the sound of CBC in the sixties. Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Location of the City of Ottawa in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Established 1850 as Town of Bytown Incorporated 1855 as City of Ottawa Amalgamated January 1, 2001 Government  - Mayor Larry OBrien  - City Council Ottawa City Council  - MPs List... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The National Film Board of Canada (usually National Film Board or NFB) is a Canadian public filmmaking organization established to produce and distribute films that inform Canadians and promote Canada around the world. ... Herbert John Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916 - June 24, 1987) was an American comedian and actor. ... Joey Bishop (born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918 in The Bronx, New York, USA) is a Jewish American actor. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... This article should appear in one or more categories. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ...


Lenny's fully mutured technique was a combination of Atkins and Travis fingerpicking and Segovia influenced flamenco, highlighted by extraordinary right hand independence and flurries artificial harmonics. His harmonic sensibilities were a combination of his country roots, classical, modal Indian, and especially jazz, particularly the work of pianist Bill Evans.


By the late 1960s home recordings of Lenny's playing had found their way into the hands of Chet Atkins. The ensuing friendship resulted in Lenny's first two LP issues, "The Guitar Sounds of Lenny Breau" and "The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau" on RCA. He spent most of the 1970s in the United States, eventually settling in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. These years were spent perfoming and teaching. Only a few more solo albums and a few sessions recorded with Buddy Emmons were issued during his lifetime.


Lenny had continual drug problems from the mid 1960s until his death. On August 12, 1984 Lenny's body was found in a swimming pool at his apartment complex in Los Angeles, California. The coroner reported that he had been strangled, and his murder is still unsolved. is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Asphyxia is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body. ...


Many live and "lost" recordings have been issued since Lenny's death. His studio recordings have also been reissued. Thanks to the efforts of Randy Bachman and others a whole new generation of listeners have access to his music.


A documentary entitled The Genius Of Lenny Breau was produced in 1999 by Lenny's daughter Emily Hughes. It includes interviews with Chet Atkins, Ted Greene, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Leonard Cohen, Randy Bachman and Lenny's family members. Theodore (Ted) Greene (September 26, 1946 – July 26, 2005) was an American guitarist and noted educator active in Encino, California. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... George Benson (b. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Recordings

Lenny Breau had made numerous appearances and recordings throughout his short life.

  • Discography

Quotations

  • "The sound of silence is intense."
  • "It's got words to it...but it's more of an instrumental - with lyrics." from the song Five O'Clock Bells.

External Links

  • lennybreau.com
  • Guitarchives

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Lenny Breau - definition of Lenny Breau in Encyclopedia (520 words)
Lenny Breau (August 5, 1941–August 12, 1984) was a brilliantly innovative American-born Canadian jazz guitarist who brought together country, classical, flamenco and jazz guitar techniques, then merged and developed them into a unique and influential personal style.
Breau was born August 5, 1941, in Auburn, Maine.
The Breau family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1957, and their new band travelled and performed around the city and province as the CKY Caravan.
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