Born on 17 October 1923 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
Died on 6 May 2004, University Heights, San Diego, USA
Father of Dan Kessel and David Kessel. Married to B.J. Baker from 1961 until their divorce in 1980.
Generally considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century, he was a member of many prominent jazz groups as well as a “first call” guitarist for studio, film, and television recording sessions. Kessel was a member of the group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.