Brooks Kerr

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Brooks Kerr
Birth name Brooks Kerr
Born (1951-12-26) December 26, 1951 (age 65)
Origin New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Sonny Greer, Russell Procope

Brooks Kerr (born Chester Monson Brooks Joseph Kerr III on December 26, 1951) is an American jazz pianist born in New Haven, Connecticut, perhaps best known for being bandleader of a small group featuring Sonny Greer and Russell Procope[1] and for his knowledge of Duke Ellington's work, which he often performs.[2]

Kerr was a student of Willie "The Lion" Smith. The band he led with Greer and Procope frequented Greenwich Village jazz clubs and hotels in the New York City area. Kerr also participated in several tributary projects devoted to Duke Ellington that featured former members of Ellington's crew, such as Ray Nance and Francis Williams.

He attended the Foote School in his native New Haven.


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Brooks Kerr Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kerr, Brooks (Chester Monson Brooks Joseph Kerr III)". October 18, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2010.