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KENNY BURRELL
 
 

He started playing when he was 12, and made his first recording with Dizzy Gillespie in 1951. In 1955, he toured with Oscar Peterson for six months. After moving from his native Detroit with pianist Tommy Flanagan to New York in 1956, he was soon in much demand, and has remained that way thanks to his consistency of style and reputation for reliability. He has recorded with so many greats that it is almost easier to name the people that this guitarist has NOT recorded with! He is also a noted jazz educator, and has taught at UCLA and led master classes for over 30 years. He is also a composer, and is known for such songs as "Dear Ella," which won a Grammy in 1998 after it was recorded by singer DeeDee Bridgewater. He has also recorded that song himself as a vocalist, and surprised many jazz fans with his fine voice. He has led a number of his own trios and quartets, and has also toured with such larger groups as the Philip Morris Superband. Now in his 70s, he retains his smooth style and his elegant looks, and continues to add to his roster of over 90 recordings.