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Denny Illet

Denny Ilett is a virtuoso British guitarist and a talented writer/arranger, who has honed his chops not on the UK scene but rather by playing and touring with some of New Orleans finest including Lillian Boutte and members of such notable bands as The Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Jnr Big Band. As a guitarist, Ilett’s influences are diverse. Elements of T-Bone, Django, Wes, Scofield even a bit of Jimi, but ultimately he sounds like none of them in particular, prefering to tread his own path. Denny is a self-taught musician specialising in the guitar. He comes from a musical family and prides himself in having an extensive knowledge of jazz history, from it’s humble beginnings to the high art of today. One of Denny's great passions is to teach and pass on the benefit of years of experience and he has many outlets for this. He currently holds a position as guitar tutor at Clifton College in Bristol where he teaches a mix of styles to a roster of students between the ages of 13 and 18. Every July he runs the blues guitar summer school for the International Guitar Foundation in Bath and Cheltenham.


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