13 Apr Chances are you’ve never heard of the late jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, but ask Pat Metheny or Tommy Emmanuel and they will surely tell he. Lenny Breau was a guitarist with staggering technique and a mind for innovation, playing with an evocative style that effortlessly jumped between genres. He was born in the United States, but Lenny Breau became a Canadian guitar His parents were country singer Hal “Lone Pine” Breau and yodeler Betty Cody.

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By using a seven-string guitar and approaching the guitar like a pianohe opened up possibilities for the instrument. Though Breau was later known for playing jazz, with some flamenco guitar influence, as a teen he was playing country and rockabilly. 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. Breau blended many styles of music, including jazzcountryclassicaland flamenco.

InWinnipeg jazz guitarist Lenny Breau was found strangled to death in a Los Angeles swimming pool. Breau is joined by the late Ted Hawk on drums and Paul Gormley on bass.

30 years after his murder, jazz great nominated for a Juno Award

LA Bootlegwhich came from a tape Bachman acquired, is one such recording. While playing and recording music for years Hawkes was also an electronics technician and TV repairman, and the foot-tall TV repairman sign he built in still stands watch over the property.

He was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in I wish the world had the opportunity to experience his leny. An online video clip of Breau playing, posted on her website, got 30, hits in Russia in one month. Contributing Journalist Lee Fraser email: This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. He played individual strings with individual fingers, the way a piano player strikes keys.

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Hawkes sold the buildings a few years ago to Portland entrepreneur and music fan Bill Umbel.

University of North Texas Press. Here at MaineToday Media we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. I introduced him to girls, he taught me music.

A lot of the stuff I play on the seven-string guitar is supposed to be technically impossible, but I spent over twenty years figuring it out. In his later years, Breau mostly played out of Nashville and Los Angeles — seamlessly alternating between finger-picking country songs and meandering city jazz — while teaching and writing articles on guitar playing. The Life and Music of Lenny Breau by Ron Forbes-Roberts was published in containing interviews with nearly people and a comprehensive discography.

Lenny Breau – Wikipedia

Retrieved May 14, He lived in various Canadian cities until returning to the United States in I think, man, this guy should have been an absolutely major star — because he had everything going for him.

Breau is now getting the attention he deserves. George Benson said, “He dazzled me with his extraordinary guitar playing Network Work Here CentralMaine.

Friends and family say that Breau was driven to create but never driven to make money or achieve fame. I explained people were just giving them to me as kind of a custodian.


I waited, waited and waited and three weeks later — this box came and I was stunned. Many live and “lost” recordings have been issued since Breau’s death, and most of his previously released albums have also been reissued. Breau only made a handful of uneven records during his lifetime.

Lenny Breau’s Guitar

I want to make each one radically different from the previous. We became friends because he had no friends- anyone his age to hang out with. Disappointments aside, progressives got a lot of what they needed in midterms.


Breau was omnivorous in his tastes and style. Breau used all five fingers on his right hand to play individual strings, much the way a piano player uses individual fingers to strike single keys, instead of playing one string at a time the way a player using a pick might do. His innovative approach to the guitar continues to inspire practically every guitarist who happens to stumble upon his music. I was then lucky enough to get offered a recording from Maine when he was fifteen just before he moved to Winnipeg and I met him.

By Daniel Otis News Reporter. He could not take care of himself, and we all knew it. The Acadian couple, who frequently performed in concert and on radio, moved their family to the Maritimes when Breau was seven-years-old. Plus, he was an incredible guitar player. Swingin’ on a Seven String. Plus, he battled drugs, including heroin, for long stretches of his adult life. Discography The Hallmark Sessions.

By the early s, both were signed to RCA and recorded solo songs and duets. He was found dead later that day in the rooftop swimming pool at the apartment building where he lived, with his wife and their 3-year-old daughter, Dawn Rose Marie. He worked in Nashville, Maine and Los Angeles in the s, and released a half dozen albums between and In an interview with the Toronto Star inBachman said of his long music career:

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