LEWISTON — Singer-songwriter Denny Breau, fellow veteran guitar players and many other musicians will come together on Sunday, Nov. 18, for a dual purpose:

To honor Lewiston’s legendary jazz guitar master, Lenny Breau, and to raise money for the memorial scholarship fund that bears his name.

Joining Breau in the fifth annual “Celebration of the Guitar” concert will be Paul Mellyn, Frank Coffin, Brad Terry & Peter Herman, Mark “Guitar” Miller, Arlo West & The Pinecasters, Kevin Kimball & The Blue Steel Express, Ken Goodman and Fire Water Creek.

This year, there will also be a couple of new acts such as Hot Club Du Monde, described by Breau as “a hot jazz band from Portland.”

The Humble Farmer will be emcee at the fundraiser scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St.

Advance tickets, $15, are available at Main Street Music Lessons, 134 Main St., Auburn, 376-3376; Creative Media/Tucker’s Music Pub, 290 Main St., Norway, 739-2200; and Musicians 1st Choice, 246 Western Ave., Augusta, 623-0400. There will be a cash bar and food.

Denny Breau, younger brother of the jazz great and a leading guitar artist himself, is a principal organizer of the annual tribute show. The goal of the scholarship fund, he said, is to help “a young, aspiring musician who needs a boost — hopefully, a guitar player.”

Guitarist and Lifetime Grammy Achievement Award winner Chet Atkins described Lenny Breau as one of the world’s best guitarists.

At age 15, Lenny was lead guitarist for a band formed by his mother and father, Betty Cody and Harold “Hal Lone Pine” Breau, both of whom gained national recognition. It was during the later years of his life that Lenny’s genius for innovation developed as he melded classical, flamenco and country styles with jazz.

He performed with many jazz greats and appeared on the Jackie Gleason and Joey Bishop television shows.

His stellar talents also had a tragic side of drug addiction. He died in 1984 at age 43, the victim of a still-unsolved murder.

For more information about the concert, visit www.dennybreau.com.


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