Barry Galbraith

Barry Galbraith

Barry Galbraith (left) in the Columbia Picture studios, ca. September 1947.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb.
Background information
Born (1919-12-18)December 18, 1919
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died January 13, 1983(1983-01-13) (aged 63)
Bennington, Vermont, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Guitarist

Joseph Barry Galbraith (December 18, 1919, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - January 13, 1983, Bennington, Vermont)[1] was an American jazz guitarist.

Galbraith moved to New York City from Vermont in the early 1940s and found work playing with Babe Russin, Art Tatum, Red Norvo, Hal McIntyre, and Teddy Powell. He played with Claude Thornhill in 1941-42 and again in 1946-49 after serving in the Army. He did a tour with Stan Kenton in 1953.

Galbraith did extensive work as a studio musician for NBC and CBS in the 1950s and 1960s; among those he played with were Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Tal Farlow, Coleman Hawkins, John Lewis, Hal McKusick, Oscar Peterson, Max Roach, George Russell, John Carisi, and Tony Scott. He also accompanied the singers Anita O'Day, Chris Connor, Billie Holiday, Helen Merrill, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington on record. He was a mentor to Ralph Patt.[2]

In 1961 he appeared in the film After Hours. In 1963-64 he played on Gil Evans's album The Individualism of Gil Evans, and in 1965 he appeared on Stan Getz and Eddie Sauter's soundtrack to the 1965 film Mickey One. From 1970 to 1975 he taught at CUNY, and published a guitar method book in 1982. From 1976-77 Galbraith taught guitar at New England Conservatory in Boston.


As sideman

With Manny Albam

With Cannonball Adderley

With John Benson Brooks

With Clifford Brown

With Ruth Brown

With Jimmy Cleveland

With Al Cohn, Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca

With Freddy Cole

With Gil Evans

With Art Farmer

With Maynard Ferguson

With Curtis Fuller

With Stan Getz

With Johnny Griffin

With Johnny Hartman

With Coleman Hawkins

With Billie Holiday

With John Lee Hooker

With Milt Jackson

With J. J. Johnson

With Hank Jones

With Stan Kenton

With Steve Kuhn and Toshiko Akiyoshi

With John Lewis

With Mundell Lowe

With Gary McFarland and Clark Terry

With Jimmy McGriff

With Carmen McRae

With Helen Merrill

With Mark Murphy

With Oliver Nelson

With Joe Newman

With Anita O'Day

With Jackie Paris

With Paul Quinichette

With George Russell

With Shirley Scott

With Jimmy Smith

With Sonny Stitt

With Gábor Szabó

With Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill

With The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

With Stanley Turrentine

With Dinah Washington

With Kai Winding


  1. Ferguson, Jim (2002). "Galbraith, (Joseph) Barry". In Barry Kernfeld. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 4. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. Peterson, Jonathon (2002). "Tuning in thirds: A new approach to playing leads to a new kind of guitar". American Lutherie: The Quarterly Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers. 8222 South Park Avenue, Tacoma WA 98408: USA.: The Guild of American Luthiers. Number 72 (Winter): 36–43. ISSN 1041-7176. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
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