A thorough examination of Kenny Barron’s musical accomplishments over a span of 50 years necessitates a discography of more than 200 pages. That's because in addition to a distinguished career as soloist and leader he has served as one of the most dependable sidemen in all of post-bop mainstream modern jazz. More than 40 albums have appeared under his name, and his presence on literally hundreds of recordings by other musicians paints a panoramic picture of Barron’s lifelong devotion to music.
Born in Philadelphia in 1943 Barron began studying piano at the age of 12. Early work included playing with Philly Joe Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody, until in 1967 Barron undertook his first major independent recording projects. It was around the same time that Barron began leading his own bands as well, all while continuing his work with other high profile jazzmen on their own projects. He seldom recorded with anyone just once. His discography is thickly woven with inspiring names that recur with the regularity of intricate and colorful patterns that invite further scrutiny.
Kenny Barron has been a Steinway Artist since 1987.
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