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date: 04 April 2020

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  • Barry Kernfeld

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(b Rangoon, Burma, Dec 1, 1919; d Sydney, Jan 11, 1996). British guitarist . Self-taught, he took up guitar in 1935. While studying chemistry at Rangoon University (BS 1942) he played regularly with Cedric West. In November 1946 he moved to England, where he worked as a freelance musician, played on radio shows with Billy Munn and Ted Heath, performed briefly with Victor Feldman (June 1948), and became a founding member of the BBC Show Band, led by Cyril Stapleton. Later he broadcast on the BBC radio program “Guitar Club” (1955–8) and recorded with Ralph Sharon (1952), George Chisholm and Alan Clare (both 1956), Barney Kessel (1968), and as a leader (1966). He toured and recorded with Stephane Grappelli from 1975 to 1977; deeply devoted to Django Reinhardt’s music, he worked with Diz Disley and Grappelli in association with the Hot Club of London, which was modeled on the Hot Club de France. In the 1970s he also belonged to the cooperative quartet Velvet, other members of which were Digby Fairweather and the guitarist Denny Wright, and he played in a duo with Martin Taylor. In ...

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