|Birth name||Bernard Melvin Senensky|
|Born||December 31, 1944|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Associated acts||Moe Koffman|
Bernard Melvin "Bernie" Senensky (born December 31, 1944) is a Canadian jazz pianist, organist, and composer.
Life and career
Senensky was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on December 31, 1944. He had classical piano lessons from the age of nine and became interested in jazz at about 15. He had one jazz teacher, and thereafter was self-taught.
He moved permanently to Toronto in 1968. He played briefly with high-profile visiting musicians, including Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, and Art Pepper. Senensky played with Moe Koffman between 1980 and 2000; they toured internationally for several years. Senensky has recorded several small group albums since 1975.
Playing style and influences
Senensky described himself as "essentially a bebop player, and beyond. My heroes are anyone from Bud Powell to McCoy Tyner to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock". Senensky was influenced on organ by Larry Goldings, Mike LeDonne, and Larry Young. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz states that "His playing is characterized by his obvious comfort in a wide range of styles, from swing to the assertive post-bop of his own groups."
An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.
|1975||New Life||PM||Trio, with Michel Donato (bass), Marty Morell (drums)|
|1989||Friday the 14th||Unity||Trio, with Kieran Overs (bass), Barry Elmes (drums)|
|1991||Homeland||Timeless||Quartet, with Gary Bartz (alto sax, soprano sax), Harvie Swartz (bass), Akira Tana (drums)|
|1993||Wheel Within a Wheel||Timeless||Quartet, with Bobby Watson (alto sax, soprano sax), Ray Drummond (bass), Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums)|
|1996||Rhapsody||Timeless||Trio, with Jim Vivian (bass), Bob Moses (drums)|
|1995||New Horizons||Timeless||Quintet, with Kirk McDonald (sax), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Neil Swainson (bass), Jerry Fuller (drums)|
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