Kenny Drew Day

August 28, 1928 – August 4, 1993

Blues in the closet

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Pianist Kenneth Sidney Drew was born on August 28, 1928, in New York City, New York.

During the 1950s, Drew collaborated with some of New York’s most influential jazz figures.

In 1950, he made his recorded debut with trumpeter Howard McGhee and went on to perform with esteemed jazz artists such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Buddy Rich, and Charlie Parker over the next few years.

Kenny briefly led a trio in California before returning to the East Coast jazz scene, where he worked with Dinah Washington and Buddy Rich, leading numerous recording sessions throughout the remainder of the 1950s.

Like many jazz musicians of his era, Drew relocated to Europe, specifically Copenhagen, in the 1960s. There, he formed a duo with bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted-Pedersen and gained recognition throughout Europe.

Kenny Drew passed away in Copenhagen on August 4, 1993, and was interred at the Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro.

Kenny Drew was featured in a performance in England at the Brewhouse Theater in 1992.


Kenny Drew, piano
Neils Henning Orsted Pedersen, double bass
Alvin Queen, drums


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