Lenny Breau

Jazz, Musical Artist

1941 – 1984

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Who was Lenny Breau?

Leonard Harold "Lenny" Breau was a Canadian-American guitarist and music educator. One of the most admired guitarists of his generation in musician's circles in the United States, he was known for blending many styles of music including: jazz, country, classical and flamenco guitar. Breau, inspired by country guitarists like Chet Atkins, used fingerstyle techniques not often used in jazz guitar, and with his use of the 7-string guitar and approach to the guitar like a piano, opened up new possibilities for the instrument.

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Born
Aug 5, 1941
Auburn
Also known as
  • Breau, Lenny
  • Leonard Harold Breau
  • Lenny
  • Lone Pine, Jr.
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Lived in
  • Maine
  • Winnipeg
Died
Aug 12, 1984
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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