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Kenny Barron


KENNY BARRON (pianist) was born June 9, 1943 in Philadephia, PA. Barron has a distinguished history not only as a sideman but as leader and soloist. Jazz Weekly describes him as “The most lyrical piano player of our time”. After apprenticing with “Philly” Joe Jones as a teen, Barron’s evolution continued, moving to New York and playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s band (with James Moody’s recommendation) and later Yusef Lateef. In 1974 he released his first album as leader, “Sunset to Dawn” the first of 40 to date. Aside from performing and recording with a wide spectrum of artists, Barron composed the score to Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and is a renowned educator having taught at Rutgers, Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music.