Kenny Washington (musician)

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Kenny Washington
Background information
Born (1958-05-29) May 29, 1958 (age 65)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.

Kenny Washington (born May 29, 1958) is an American jazz drummer and music writer born in Staten Island, New York.[1] His brother is bassist Reggie Washington.

He grew up in the Stapleton Houses and attended P.S. 14. He studied at The High School of Music & Art, graduating in 1976. He has worked with Ronnie Mathews, Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, George Cables, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Ahmad Jamal, Sonny Stitt, James Spaulding, Phil Woods, Bill Charlap, Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, and Tommy Flanagan. Washington serves on the faculty of SUNY Purchase and The Juilliard School.[2][3] Washington's essays on contemporary and historical jazz figures have been featured in numerous jazz album releases and reissues.


As sideman[edit]

With Ruby Braff

  • Cape Codfather (Arbors, 2000)
  • In the Wee, Small Hours in London and New York (Arbors, 2000)
  • Music for the Still of the Night (Arbors, 2001)

With Joshua Breakstone

With Kenny Burrell

With George Cables

With Benny Carter

With Bill Charlap

  • All Through the Night (Criss Cross, 1998)
  • Written in the Stars (Blue Note, 2000)
  • S'Wonderful (Venus, 2002)
  • Stardust (Blue Note, 2002)
  • Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein (Blue Note, 2004)
  • Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul (Blue Note, 2005)
  • Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 2007)
  • The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, Tony Bennett/Bill Charlap (Columbia/Sony Music, 2015)
  • Notes from New York (Impulse!, 2016)
  • Uptown, Downtown (Impulse!, 2017)
  • Street of Dreams (Blue Note, 2021)

With Teddy Edwards and Houston Person

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Green

With Buck Hill

With Plas Johnson and Red Holloway

With Randy Johnston

With Etta Jones

With Lee Konitz

With Jimmy McGriff

With Jane Monheit

  • In the Sun (2002)
  • Live at the Rainbow Room (2003)

With Mingus Dynasty

  • Live at the Village Vanguard (1984)
  • Mingus' Sounds of Love (1988)
  • Reincarnation (1997)

With Ralph Moore

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Hod O'Brien

  • Ridin' High (1990)
  • So That's How It Is (1998)
  • Live at Blues Alley: First Set (2005)
  • Live at Blues Alley: Second Set (2006)
  • Live at Blues Alley: Third Set (2007)

With Houston Person

With Melvin Rhyne

  • The Legend (1991)
  • Boss Organ (1993)
  • Mel's Spell (1996)
  • Stick to the Kick (1997)
  • Kojo (1999)
  • Classmasters (2000)
  • Tomorrow Yesterday Today (2004)

With Wallace Roney

With Charlie Rouse

With Randy Sandke

  • Awakening (1998)
  • Cliffhanger (2003)
  • The Subway Ballet (2006)

With James Spaulding

With Larry Willis

With Michael Weiss

  • Presenting Michael Weiss (Criss Cross, 1986)

With others


  1. ^ "Bill Charlap jazz trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington are 'like family'". NY Daily News. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  2. ^ "Kenny Washington". Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  3. ^ "Washington, Kenny | The Juilliard School". Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  4. ^ "Kenny Washington | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ Whitlock, Kevin (December 2023 – January 2024). "Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday". Jazzwise. No. 291. p. 37.

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