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Billy Bauer

Billy Bauer
Billy Bauer

Billy Bauer is like a chameleon, blending into the background for more than 50 years as a guitarist of quiet renown.

Bauer has been an impressive jazz guitarist since he played with Woody Herman in the mid-1940s. He was a melodic, tasteful and sensitive improviser, and a superb accompanist and rhythm-section member with Herman’s First Herd. Fellow Herman sideman John LaPorta says of Bauer, “He delighted in playing rhythm guitar with a solid, steady beat in the tradition made famous by Count Basie’s guitarist Freddie Green. Rhythm playing and compatibility were the qualities Billy gave to the rhythm section.”

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