Oral History Information
Kenny Burrell is among the most beloved guitarists of post-war jazz. Kenny’s influential recordings and strong interest in musical education has helped establish his name among students and educators alike. His expertise on all things Ellington has parlayed into a popular course at UCLA begun in the late 1970s on the life of Duke Ellington. After years of endorsing Gibson Guitars made in the Kalamazoo factory, he switched to the Heritage Guitar, which is made in the very same factory by former Gibson employees who did not move with the company to Nashville. Heritage has since developed a Kenny Burrell model, which Kenny helped to design.