Twice I’ve had the opportunity to meet Kenny Barron [born 1943] – a significant force in jazz since the 1960s. So much that he is consequently considered one of the most important and influential jazz pianists since bebop …
After moving to New York in 1961, only 19 years old, he began working with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody. Moody recommended him for the position of pianist with the be-bop icon Dizzy Gillespie who hired him without hearing a note. His five years with the trumpeter (1962-67) made him famous in the jazz world.
And along the way, Kenny Barron has recorded with the who’s who of jazz: Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Benny Carter, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Bud Shank, Woody Shaw and he’s had important stints with the groups of Freddie Hubbard (1966-70), Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Buddy Rich, Yusef Lateef (1970-75) and Ron Carter’s two-bass quartet (1976-80). And in the 1980s, Barron was Stan Getz’s pianist during the tenor-saxophonist’s final years.
Barron has led his own trios since the mid 1970s and has recorded over 40 albums as a leader since then and has been nominated nine times for Grammy Awards.
The legendary and world famous hands in action …
On or way to the photo session Kenny Barron stops … pausing and remembering for a minute in the courtyard to the legendary and world famous Jazz Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here he walked in and out numerous times during the 1960’s and 1970’s to get to the backstage room – before going on stage with many of his famous collaborators … Yusef Lateef among others.
Kenny Barron in deep concentration while performing live at the Jazz Club Montmartre – one of the world’s 10 most legendary jazz venues, situated in Copenhagen, Denmark.