- Gary W. Kennedy
(b Charlottesville, VA, Oct 14, 1953). American guitarist and educator. As a teenager he played blues on acoustic guitar in local coffeehouses in Philadelphia. He encountered jazz while studying at the Berklee College of Music (BMus 1977), where he took lessons with Lenny Breau (1974–9); upon graduating he accepted a permanent position on the Berklee faculty, though he continued his own studies with Pat Martino (1981–6). From around 1983 he began performing regularly in Europe, initially in a trio which included Harvie Swartz, and from 1986 he led groups in the Boston area, most often a quartet with such sidemen as the pianists Frank Carlberg (1986–91), Fred Hersch (1992–5), Laszlo Gardony (1995–7), and Jim McNeely (1998), the double bass players Ben Street (1986–91), Cecil McBee (1992–7), and Steve LaSpina (1998...