Kenny Burrell

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Date of Birth July 31, 1931
Place of Birth Michigan
Age 89 years old
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Kenny Burrell

Kenneth Earl Burrell is an American jazz guitarist known for his work on the Blue Note label. His collaborations with Jimmy Smith produced the 1965 Billboard Top Twenty hit album Organ Grinder Swing. He has cited jazz guitarists Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt as influences, along with blues guitarists T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters. Furthermore, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan have cited Burrell as an influence. Burrell is a professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Birth name: Kenneth Earl Burrell
Born: July 31, 1931, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, blues, soul jazz
Occupation(s): Musician, educator
Instruments: Guitar
Years active: 1951–present
Labels: Blue Note, Prestige, Verve, Fantasy, Fortune, Concord Jazz, Highnote
Associated acts: Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine

About Kenny Burrell

Jazz guitarist who released the 1963 album Midnight Blue and who collaborated with Jimmy Smith for many sessions.

Before Fame

He made his recording debut in a group led by Dizzy Gillespie.


In 1996 he became the Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA.

Family Life

He was born into a musical family.


One of his earliest influences was the musician Django Reinhardt.

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