Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel Biography

American jazz guitarist

Born on 17 October 1923 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA

Died on 6 May 2004, University Heights, San Diego, USA

Father of Dan Kessel and David Kessel

Generally considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century, he was a member of many prominent jazz groups as well as a “first call” guitarist for studio, film, and television recording sessions. Kessel was a member of the group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.

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