When it comes to jazz guitar, the great KENNY BURRELL is right up there in the pantheon of all-time greats alongside fellow fretboardists such as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Jim Hall.
Opening his account with Blue Note Records in 1956, this NEA Jazz Master went on to record for many other labels, including most notably, Prestige and Verve in the ’50s and ’60s. More recently he has been affiliated with the High Note label but he hasn’t played in public after an accident at UCLA’s Royce Hall in 2016 (in honour of his 85th birthday) which has resulted in a long period of recuperation. Sadly, the guitarist’s escalating medical expenses wasn’t the only problem he had to encounter as both he and his devoted wife, Katherine, also had to contend with identity theft and bank fraud, which damaged their credit rating to the extent that they couldn’t get loans to cover their mounting debts. Now threatened by the possibility of losing their home as well, Katherine Burrell has initiated a GoFundMe campaign and is hoping to raise $100,000 from donations to look afterand care for her ailing husband.
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