By Sam Pfiefle
As local legends go, Lenny Breau is among the most mythical. From child prodigy to jazz impresario to the bottom of a swimming pool as the result of a never-solved murder. His dad was named Hal Lone Pine. He took inordinate care of his fingernails.
Unfortunately, it's likely more people have heard his name, his idiosyncrasies, and his story, than have heard his music.
As part of an effort to rectify that, a group of friends, admirers, the first man ever to record him, and a filmmaker have come together to create a day in his honor, where you can learn to play like Lenny, see Lenny play in archival footage, and hear a bunch of great guitarists do their best not to let Lenny down.