Canadian country[ edit ] Breau was born August 5, , in Auburn , Maine, but moved with his family to Moncton , New Brunswick in From the mid to late s they played summer engagements in southern New Brunswick, advertising their performances by playing free programs on radio station CKCW Moncton. Lenny began playing guitar at the age of eight. He met pianist Bob Erlendson, who began teaching him more of the foundations of jazz. In , Breau left for Toronto and created the jazz group Three with singer and actor Don Francks , and Eon Henstridge on acoustic bass. Breau had problems with drugs beginning in the s which he managed to control during the last years of his life.
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Prev Next Lenny Breau is one of the true geniuses of the guitar. I think if Chopin had played guitar, he would have sounded like Lenny Breau. Chet Atkins Lenny dispelled notations of how you had to be to be a guitar player. He was a little miracle. Tommy Chong Lenny Breau dazzled me with his extraordinary guitar playing I wish the world had the opportunity to experience his artistry. George Benson Lenny Breau played more great stuff at one time than anybody on the planet He was the best that ever lived, bar none.
Danny Gatton Lenny Breau was a genius - inspired and really loose. I loved how he used the guitar as an extension of his inner freedom, because, obviously, on the outside there were a lot of trainwrecks going on. But when you listen to him play, you hear what kind of guy he really is Steve Vai Lenny Breau had the ability to reach into your heart. Larry Carlton The most enigmatic, innovative and inspired guitarist to ever pick up the instrument… Bill Milkowski Lenny Breau — is not widely known to the public at large.
His death under mysterious circumstances cut short a life dedicated to transcending the apparent limitations of the guitar to create a sublimely expressive musical voice that was uniquely his own.