Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Review: Vocalist Kenny Washington in Naples, Florida

Under-recorded West Coast singer shares his jazz mastery

Singer Kenny Washington in Naples, Florida, November 18, 2015
Singer Kenny Washington with the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra in Florida, November 18, 2015 (Kevin Mauldin, bass; Mike Harvey, drums; Dan Miller, trumpet)

Singer Kenny Washington has been around the block musically. His love of song dates to his childhood in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward singing gospel. He honed his chops in college and a nine-year stint in a U.S. Navy Band. He has been a fixture on the San Francisco Bay-area jazz scene for more than two decades.

Oakland-based Washington, who seems woefully under-recorded considering his talent level, found himself in the out-of-town spotlight in Florida on November 18 at Artis Naples’ Daniels Pavilion as special guest with the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra. This very fine Southwest Florida sextet features tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (a 25-year fixture in NBC’s Saturday Night Live Band), and trumpeter Dan Miller (an alumnus of the Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman orchestras, among others).

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published