Kenny Barron in Munich (2001)
June 9, 1943 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Kenny Barron (born June 9, 1943) is an American jazz pianist, who has appeared on hundreds of recordings as leader and sideman and is considered one of the most influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kenny Barron is the younger brother of tenor saxophonist Bill Barron (1927–1989). One of his first gigs was as pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie quartet. Barron was briefly a member of the Jazztet around 1962, but did not record with them.
He graduated in 1978 with a BA in Arts from Empire State College (Metropolitan Center, New York City).
For over 25 years, Barron taught piano and keyboard harmony at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He now teaches at the Juilliard School of Music. His piano students have included Earl MacDonald, Harry Pickens, and Aaron Parks.
- You Had Better Listen (Atlantic, 1967) with Jimmy Owens
- Sunset to Dawn (Muse, 1973)
- Peruvian Blue (Muse, 1974)
- In Tandem (Muse, 1975 ) with Ted Dunbar
- Lucifer (Muse, 1975)
- Innocence (Wolf, 1978)
- Together (Denon, 1978) with Tommy Flanagan
- Golden Lotus (Muse, 1980 )
- Kenny Barron at the Piano (Xanadu, 1981 )
- Imo Live (Whynot, 1982)
- Spiral (Baybridge, 1982)
- Green Chimneys (Criss Cross Jazz, 1983)
- 1+1+1 (BlackHawk, 1984 ) with Ron Carter and Michael Moore
- Landscape (Baystate, 1984)
- Autumn in New York (Uptown, 1984) - reissued as New York Attitude
- Scratch (Enja, 1985)
- What If? (Enja, 1986)
- Two as One (Red, 1986) with Buster Williams
- The Red Barron Duo (Storyville, 1986 ) with Red Mitchell
- Live at Fat Tuesdays (Enja, 1988)
- Rhythm-a-Ning (Candid, 1989) with John Hicks
- The Only One (Reservoir, 1990)
- Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Volume Ten (Concord Jazz, 1990)
- Invitation (Criss Cross Jazz, 1990)
- Lemuria-Seascape (Candid, 1991)
- Quickstep (Enja, 1991)
- The Moment (Reservoir, 1991 )
- Sambao (Verve, 1992)
- Other Places Verve, 1993)
- Wanton Spirit (Verve, 1994) with Roy Haynes and Charlie Haden
- Things Unseen (Verve, 1995)
- Live at Bradley's (Gitanes Jazz, 1996)
- Night and the City (Verve, 1998) with Charlie Haden
- Spirit Song (Verve, 1999)
- Freefall (Verve, 2000) with Regina Carter
- Canta Brasil (Sunnyside, 2002)
- Images (Sunnyside, 2003)
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