Deepcut Jazz: George Barnes

Jazz innovator who brought happiness to complex composition: George Barnes

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George Barnes was an unique Jazz player and composer, something of a contemporary of Charlie Christian an Django, he worked at CBS and created some wonderfully unhinged music.

“Barnes was born in South Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1921. His father was a guitarist and taught Barnes acoustic guitar at the age of nine. A year later, in 1931, Barnes’s brother made a pickup and amplifier for him. Barnes said that he was the first person to play electric guitar. From 1935–1937, he had his own band that performed in the Midwest.[1]

On March 1, 1938, he recorded the songs “Sweetheart Land” and “It’s a Lowdown Dirty Shame” with blues guitarist Big Bill Broonzy, and in doing so he became the first person to make a record on electric guitar, fifteen days before Eddie Durham recorded on electric guitar with the Kansas City Five. In 1938, when he was seventeen, he was hired as staff guitarist for the NBC Orchestra. He was also staff guitarist and arranger for Decca Recordsand recorded with Blind John DavisJazz GillumMerline JohnsonCurtis Jones, and Washboard Sam.” – Wikipedia article



This post is part of our off-season cinematic slouch. Trebuchet is taking a break until Jan. In the meantime we’ve selected some fine moments for you to enjoy. Hope you had a great year and we’ll see you in 2019
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