Back in 1986 Maurice Summerfield (Fretsonly.com and Ashley Mark Publishing) arranged a seminar to take place in Newcastle in the late autumn at which Barney Kessel would be the visiting celebrity guitarist. As a Barney fan, I signed up immediately. Later on in the year, two friends and myself decided to visit a jazz concert being held at a small country pub just outside of Grimsby on the East coast. When we drew up in the car park we could hear strains of an amplified guitar coming from the pub. When we got inside there were only about 20 people, both locals and some holiday visitors. Imagine my surprise when I noticed the guitar player was none other than Barney Kessel. He was in full flight playing his arrangement of "Brazil". I was dumbfounded -I sat about six feet away from him and was mesmerised. I managed to speak to him in the intermission and told him I had booked the seminar and would see him in about three weeks. He asked me various questions about how long I had been playing etc. when he took a quick non alcoholic drink at the back before the last set, which was about an hour. I spoke to him again at the end of the evening and asked him why he was playing in such a small place in the middle of nowhere. He turned to me, smiled and said "Why not?" Mmmm .... it couldn't have been for the money. The seminar was a great four days, with Barney teaching one on one, group playing, just great. Barney proved to be a nice, educated man who was at ease when talking, playing, and explaining. I never saw him again and was mortified when he died in 2004. Sadly missed Barney!