Kenny Barron

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Kenny Barron
Barron at the Oslo Jazzfestival 2018
Barron at the Oslo Jazzfestival 2018
Background information
Born (1943-06-09) June 9, 1943 (age 80)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1960s–present

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.[1][2][3]


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.[4]

He graduated in 1978 with a BA degree in arts from Empire State College (Metropolitan Center, New York City).

He co-led the groups Sphere and the Classical Jazz Quartet.[1]

Between 1986 and 1991, Barron recorded several albums with Stan Getz, most notably Voyage (1986), Anniversary (1987), Serenity (1987), Bossas & Ballads – The Lost Sessions (1989), and People Time: The Complete Recordings (1991), a two-CD set.

He has been nominated nine times for Grammy Awards and for the American Jazz Hall of Fame. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.[5]

In May 2010, Barron was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music along with African-born singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo, Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, and songwriting duo Leon Huff and Kenneth Gamble.[6]

For more than 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,[7] Harry Pickens, Jon Regen and Aaron Parks.[8]


Barron in 1986



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  2. ^ Rizzo, Gene (March 5, 2005). "Kenny Barron". 50 Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 143. ISBN 9780634074165. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2001). "Kenny Barron". All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 1152. ISBN 9780879306274. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions (CD liner notes). p. 12. Mosaic.
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Aubrey Everett (May 15, 2010), "Several Jazz Artists Honored at Berklee Commencement", JazzTimes. Archived September 27, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Wanton Spirit". Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Kugiya, Hugo (June 15, 2010). "Jazz pianist Aaron Parks is back on the farm — the James Farm". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011.
  9. ^ "Kenny Barron Discography". MTV. Retrieved January 19, 2017.

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