Byrd, Ellis and Kessel: 1982


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On July 17, 1982, three virtuoso jazz guitarists performed together on stage at the Congresgebouw in the Hague, the Netherlands, during the North Sea Jazz Festival. Known then as the Great Guitars, the pickers were Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel. They were backed by bassist Joe Byrd, Charlie’s brother, and drummer Chuch Redd.

The songs they sailed into the audience were It's the Talk of the Town, Undecided, A Felicidade, Manha de Carnival, Nuages, Goin' Out of My Head, Flyin' Home, Speak Low and Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

Chris Cowles, whose radio show Greasy Tracks airs each Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT) on WRTC-FM in Hartford, passed along the link to this knockout hour-plus performance.

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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