Barry Galbraith

Joseph Barry Galbraith ( born December 18, 1919 in Pittsburgh, † January 13, 1983 in Bennington, Vermont ) was an American jazz guitarist of swing and cool jazz.

Life and work

Galbraith played as an autodidact with Red Norvo, Teddy Powell and Babe Russin 1941, then for Claude Thornhill, interrupted by military service from 1942-46. After that, he was primarily as a studio musician at NBC and CBS until 1955 active, after which he was to recordings by Miles Davis and Michel Legrand, Tal Farlow, Coleman Hawkins, John Lewis, Hal McKusick, Oscar Peterson, Max Roach, George Russell, Tony Scott and Tom Talbert involved. He also accompanied the singers Anita O'Day, Chris Connor, Billie Holiday, Helen Merrill, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington at a recording session.

1963/64, he was involved in the recording of the album The Individualism of Gil Evans in 1965 on the soundtrack album Mickey One of Stan Getz and the orchestra of Eddie Sauter. From 1970 to 1975, Galbraith taught at the City College of Cuny. After that he worked mainly as a private teacher, and wrote pioneering textbooks for aspiring jazz guitarists.


  • Jazz Guitar Study Series - Guitar Improv 903 Canada, Weybridge 1982
  • The Fingerboard Workbook: for guitar. New Albany, Jamey Aebersold
  • Mel Bay Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos, Volume 2 Mel Bay Publications, 2003. ISBN 0-7866-6812-1
  • Guitar comping vol.3 ( CD): with bass lines in treble clef. New Albany, Jamey Aebersold
  • Solo Guitar ( CD ): 13 standards. Pacific, Mel Bay Publications. ISBN 0-7866-6508-4

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Clifford Brown: Alone Together ( Verve, 1954-56 ), Clifford Brown with Strings ( Emarcy, 1955)
  • Jimmy Cleveland And His All Stars: Introducing Jimmy Cleveland ( Verve, 1955)
  • Gil Evans: The Individualism of Gil Evans ( Verve, 1963/64 )
  • Tal Farlow: Finest Hour ( Verve, 1952-56 )
  • Stan Getz & Eddie Sauter Orchestra: Mickey One ( Verve, 1965)
  • Coleman Hawkins: Body And Soul ( Bluebird, 1939-56 ), Desafinado ( Impulse! )
  • Michel Legrand: Legrand Jazz ( Phillips, 1958)
  • Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown & Gil Evans ( Emarcy, 1955-56 )
  • Max Roach: Alone Together ( Verve, 1956-60 )
  • George Russell: The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop (RCA / Cook, 1956)
  • Claude Thornhill: The Transscription performances in 1947 (Hep, 1947)