Philadelphia-born piano legend, Kenny Barron, started his career early. As a teenager, he played with the Mel Melvin Orchestra - alongside his late brother, tenor saxophonist, Bill Barron.
In high school, Kenny was playing with Philly Joe Jones. At 19, he moved to New York and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody. Mr. Moody was so taken with young Kenny at The Five Spot that he passed along his recommendation to Dizzy Gillespie - who hired him in 1962 without hearing a note!
5 years with Dizzy - stints with Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Buddy Rich and Stanley Turrentine - a most satisfying personal and artistic experience with Dr. Yusef Lateef that resulted in hearing the call regarding education - and hundred of projects as both leader and sideman later - here's Kenny Barron, facing 69 years on Earth in June - with one of the most daunting resumes any artist could have.
Ella and Stan Getz would tell you if they could. Ron Carter can tell you NOW. So can Stefon Harris and Lewis Nash - they will be playing with Kenny (and Ron) at the Washington DC Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center in June...before that, Kenny plays in Baltimore for the Chamber Jazz Society. That's why he pays us a visit on Tuesday, the 3rd of April.
American Jazz Hall of Famer, Mac Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and who Jazz Weekly calls "the most lyrical piano player of our time": Kenny Barron. Join us for some carefully selected songs and for our interview at 2 p.m. Eastern time. ONLY on "Hybrid Jazz!"
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