1944 to 1994
August 20, 1927 in Kentucky
May 10, 1995
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Jimmy Raney (20 August 1927-10 May 1995) was an American jazz guitarist born in Louisville, Kentucky most notable for his work from 1951-1952 and 1962-1963 with Stan Getz and for his work from 1953-1954 with the Red Norvo trio, replacing Tal Farlow. In 1954 and 1955 he won the Down Beat critics poll for guitar. Raney worked in a variety of jazz mediums, including cool jazz, bebop, post bop, hard bop and mainstream jazz. Jimmy Raney began his jazz guitar career very early with the history showing he played in the Jerry Wald band in 1944 at age 17.