Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron at home
By Jacques Lowe
Group of honorees at Berklee College of Music Commencement: Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble, Angelique Kidjo, Paco De Lucia, Kenny Barron
Commencement for Berklee College of Music
Kenny Barron
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A major modern mainstream pianist with a sound of his own, Kenny Barron has been a significant force in jazz since the 1960s. Born June 9, 1943 in Philadelphia and the younger brother of the saxophonist Bill Barron (who was 16 years older), he began on piano when he was 12. Early associations included playing professionally with Mel Melvin’s Orchestra in 1957 and Philly Joe Jones two years later. Barron moved to New York in 1962 when he was 19, working with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody. Moody recommended him for the position of pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet and Gillespie hired him without hearing a note. His five years with the trumpeter (1962-67) made him well known in the jazz world. Barron also 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). In the 1980s, Barron was Stan Getz’s pianist during the tenor-saxophonist’s final years. He also was a co-founder of Sphere, a quartet that originally specialized in the music of Thelonious Monk before stretching out into originals. Sphere had a recorded reunion (with Gary Bartz replacing the late Charlie Rouse) in 1998. Barron was a professor of music at Rutgers during 1973-2000; his students included David Sanchez and Terence Blanchard. Barron has led his own trios since the late 1970s and he has recorded over 40 albums as a leader since 1974. He has written many originals (“Voyage” is a standard). Along the way, Kenny Barron has recorded with the who’s who of jazz including all of the above names plus his brother Bill Barron, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Cindy Blackman, Benny Carter, Larry Coryell, Booker Ervin, Jim Hall, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvin Jones, Sheila Jordan, Abbey Lincoln, Russell Malone, Frank Morgan, Dianne Reeves, Bud Shank, Woody Shaw and countless others.


Articles on Kenny Barron

02/22/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

At the Piano
Kenny Barron

02/09/16    News    By JazzTimes

Kenny Barron to Release Trio Album March 4

02/19/15    Features    By Michael J. West

Kenny Barron: Icon-in-Residence

11/21/14    Albums    By Shaun Brady

The Art of Conversation
Kenny Barron/Dave Holland

01/15/14    Albums    By Philip Booth

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio
Gerry Gibbs/Ron Carter/Kenny Barron

10/16/13    Albums    By Michael J. West

Kenny Barron & the Brazilian Knights
Kenny Barron

10/10/13    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Musician to Musician Advice

04/20/13    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Harvie S with Kenny Barron

09/23/12    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

Too Much In Love to Care
Claire Martin & Kenny Barron

08/16/12    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Kenny Barron: From Gillespie to Getz

06/08/12    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Jazz Meets the Classics at the Kennedy Center

05/03/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

DC Jazz Festival to Honor Kenny Barron and Ron Carter

01/15/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

NEA Announces $135,000 in Jazz Masters Live Grants

12/14/11    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Kenny Barron: Getting to Play With Dizzy

07/07/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz Photo Exhibit Opens Today in NYC

03/29/11    Photos    By Jim Eigo

Benefit Concert for James Moody Scholarship for Newark Youth

March 2011    Farewells    By Kenny Barron

Hank Jones

07/15/10    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Review of 2010 Copenhagen Jazz Festival

June 2010    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

People Time: The Complete Recordings
Stan Getz/Kenny Barron

05/15/10    News    By Aubrey Everett

Several Jazz Artists Honored at Berklee Commencement

01/12/10    News    By JazzTimes

NEA Presents 2010 Jazz Masters Awards

09/24/09    News    By Lee Mergner

The Kennedy Center Announces 2009-2010 Jazz Season

04/29/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz Puppet Show at the Harlem School of the Arts

04/01/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Headliners

December 2008    Albums    By Mike Joyce

The Traveler
Kenny Barron

02/15/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Portland Jazz Festival

11/05/07    Concerts    By George Kanzler

Detroit International Jazz Festival

04/14/07    Concerts    By David French

Thelonious Monk 90th Birthday Celebration

September 2004    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Kenny Barron Quintet

08/13/03    Concerts    By Ashley Kahn

Hank Jones at The Blue Note

January/February 2003    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Canta Brasil
Kenny Barron

November 2002    Albums    By Harvey Siders

A Great Night in Harlem
Various Artists

November 2002    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

Live at Bradley's
Kenny Barron Trio

12/07/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

"Made In America": An All-Star Jazz Benefit

July/August 2001    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

Kenny Barron/Regina Carter

May 2000    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Spirit Song
Kenny Barron

April 2000    At Home    By Jacques Lowe

Kenny Barron

May 1998    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Night and the City
Charlie Haden/Kenny Barron

April 1998    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

Things Unseen
Kenny Barron

March 1998    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Things Unseen
Kenny Barron

October 1997    Albums    By David Zych

Soft Spoken Here, Sunset to Dawn, Golden Lotus
Kenny Barron



Things Unseen


Soft Spoken Here, Sunset to Dawn, Golden Lotus

32 Jazz

Things Unseen


Spirit Song




Live at Bradley's


Canta Brasil




The Perfect Set: Live at Bradley's II


A Great Night in Harlem


The Traveler


Now Was the Time


Night and the City


People Time: The Complete Recordings

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