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Carl Kress Biography

American jazz guitarist and banjoist player.

Born : October 20, 1907 in Newark, New Jersey.

Died : June 10, 1965 in Reno, Nevada.

Carl Kress started his career as banjo and guitar-player, recording with the best white jazzmen of the 20's, among them Bix Beiderbecke. In the 30's, Kress became a central figure in the conception and perfecting of the jazz guitar duo.

He was first heard in the company of Eddie Lang in 1932 (Feeling My Way), then with Dick McDonough (Chicken a la Swing) and Tony Mottola (Jazz in G).

In 1961 he reformed a duo with George Barnes after working for a long time in studios, far from jazz, in radio and television. He was also the co-owner of the renowned Onyx Club, where many famous jazz musicians played.

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