Happy Birthday Kenny Barron

June 9, 1943

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Pianist Kenny Barron was born on June 9, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

While still in high school, he was gigging with Philly Joe Jones. At the age of 19, he moved to New York where he freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan, and James Moody.

In 1962, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, and others.

Yusef Lateef encouraged him to pursue a college education, which ultimately led to Barron joining the faculty of Rutgers University in 1973.

Barron has over 40 recordings as a leader under his belt and continues to teach, compose, and perform all over the world.


Kenny Barron – piano
David Sanchez – saxophones
Darryl Hall – double-bass
Jonathan Blake – drums

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