Barry Wedgle wasn’t born with a guitar in his hands, but he soon made up for that lapse by the time he was 12, he was leading his own band & playing around his hometown, Denver, Colorado. Like many players who grew-up in the sixties & later moved into jazz, Barry was greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix. But between Jimi & jazz, Barry listened to and mastered many different styles to be categorized. For example, his flamenco playing was good enough to tour extensively in Spain, Mexico, Central & South America. for people who know the real deal.
When he first hit New York he spent considerable time jamming and running around the city with another player, Pat Metheny. He returned to Denver to record his first album, Kake, featuring Collin Walcott, Paul McCandless & Jay Clayton. When other artists heard him they remembered the frizzy haired, out going guitarist. Harry Belafonte flew him to Toronto for a concert. Allen Ginsberg asked him to accompany readings. Taj Mahal invited him on stage at New Morning, in Paris. He recorded at Mount Fuji with the popular Japanese Rolling Club Band.…full bio
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