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John Berenzy Group


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John Berenzy, a self-taught musician, was born in New York City, where he still resides. After hearing early rhythm and blues on a jukebox in San Antonio, John decided to become a musician. His parents and an aunt, Josephine, encouraged him and sent him to a Jazz Clinic where, at the age of 12, he studied music improvisation and composition with Attilla Zoller, Alan Dawson, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrision, Dave Baker, and Ron Carter.

It was at this early and impressionable age Berenzy realized that the message and energy of Rock n’ Roll and the creativity of improvised music was his forte. He quickly distinguished himself on the local level, winning a “Battle of the Bands” as Best Guitarist. The prize was a tri-state tour, where he “cut his teeth” learning how to work an audience.

After a brief stint at Hartford University Art College, John was asked to join up with an early guitar hero, Danny Kalb of Blues Project fame, to record on an anthology album for Columbia Records. This included veteran guitar greats Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, Johnny Winter, Santana and Chuck Berry. A watershed experience was a tour of the United States, which also included Eric Burden and the Animals, and Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen.

Back in New York John became the youngest teacher at The Guitar Study Center. He was quickly discovered by Seymour Stein to do an album for Sire Records.

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  • graesand

    i want another song!

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • moik

    i feel all alone here in the stands - waving my john berenzy pennant. why didn't anybody else come to this john berenzy fan reunion?

    21 Jun 2006 Reply

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