Jazz guitarist Lenny Breau was born in Maine in 1941 to parents who were country music performers. According to Wikipedia, he began playing guitar at age 8 and soon became a member of his parents' band after they moved to Canada. In 1959, his father slapped him in the face for playing jazz improvisation on stage, and Breau left to start his career, living in various Canadian cities.
In 1976, he moved to the U.S., living in Nashville, Maine and California, and eventually settling in Los Angeles in 1983. A year later, he was found dead in the swimming pool on the roof of his L.A. building—the apparent victim of strangulation. The crime has never been solved.
In 1999, Breau's daughter Emily Hughes produced a documentary on her father—The Genius of Lenny Breau. A special thanks to Tony Mottola Jr. for turning me onto the documentary. For information on Emily Hughes, go here.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.