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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.

I began playing piano and reading music at age 5, then got my first guitar (a classical) for my 13th birthday. I got my first electric guitar, a Fender Jaguar, for my 14th birthday while living in Hong Kong (my mom had gotten a Fulbright grant to teach there for a year), and that same year my first band, The New Breed, opened the show for Herman's Hermits! I seemed to get some attention for my ability to play the guitar solos from the Kingsmen's “Louie Louie” and the Rolling Stones' “Heart Of Stone” note for note! The band also played songs by the Who, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds. Jeff Beck was my first real guitar hero.

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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


Oakland, CA

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


$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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Cheetah - Pony/Canyon (Japan)
Trazz! (Trance Jazz)
Trazz! (Trance Jazz)
Birdland Records
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2B Named Later
Maya Recordings
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New York City
Double-Time Records



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