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Barry Finnerty

BARRY FINNERTY, was born in San Francisco on December 3, 1951. My father, Warren, was an award-winning actor (he received the Village Voice Obie for Best Actor of 1960 for “The Connection”) and my mother, Ruth, was an excellent classical pianist who later got her PhD and taught English at UC Berkeley.

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Barry Finnerty is back. One of the top guitarists on the New York jazz scene in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s — his brilliant playing with the Crusaders, Miles Davis and the Brecker Brothers put him on the international map — Finnerty has just released his first live studio recordings in a decade: “Blues for Trane,” a bracing straight-ahead session imbued with the probing spirit of John Coltrane, and “Manhattan Sessions Part 1,” a far-ranging contemporary set full of pleasing melodies and dancing grooves, deft arrangements and vital solos. Together, they capture a masterly musician in peak form, playing in the inspired company of trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassists Victor Bailey (electric) and Ron McClure (acoustic), pianist David Kikoski, drummers Graham Hawthorne and Victor Jones, and Chuggy Carter on percussion.

A San Francisco prodigy known for the fire and fluidity of his deep-grooving guitar work, Finnerty returned to the Bay Area in the late 1990s to compose, perform, and teach

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Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric

Location

Oakland, CA

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

$75/hr. also available on Skype, email for an appointment

Clinic/Workshop Information

"SERIOUS JAZZ SEMINARS" based on Barry's internationally acclaimed "SERIOUS JAZZ" educational books.

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