Kenny Barron

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Kenny Barron
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Kenny Barron in Munich (2001)
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Born(1943-06-09) June 9, 1943 (age 71)
Philadelphia, United States
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Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron Munich 2001.JPG
Kenny Barron in Munich (2001)
Background information
Born(1943-06-09) June 9, 1943 (age 71)
Philadelphia, United States

Kenny Barron (born June 9, 1943, Philadelphia, United States) is an American jazz pianist. Known for his lyrical style of playing, Barron has appeared on hundreds of recordings as both leader and sideman and is consequently considered one of the most important and influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era.[1][2][3]


Kenny Barron is the younger brother of tenor saxophonist Bill Barron (1927–1989). One of his first gigs was as pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie quartet. Barron was briefly a member of the Jazztet around 1962, but did not record with them.[4]

He graduated in 1978 with a BA in Arts from Empire State College (Metropolitan Center, New York City).

He also co-led the groups Sphere and the Classical Jazz Quartet.[1]

Between 1987 and 1991, Barron recorded several albums with Stan Getz, most notably Bossas & Ballads – The Lost Sessions, Serenity, Anniversary and People Time, a 2-CD set.

He has been nominated nine times for Grammy Awards and for the American Jazz Hall of Fame. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.[5]

For over 25 years, Barron taught piano and keyboard harmony at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He now teaches at the Juilliard School of Music. His piano students have included Earl MacDonald,[6] Harry Pickens, and Aaron Parks.[7]


As leader[edit]

YearAlbumPersonnel / NotesLabel
1968You Had Better ListenBarron-Jimmy Owens Quintet with Bennie Maupin, Chris White, Freddie Waits, Rudy CollinsAtlantic Records[8]
1973Sunset To DawnBob Cranshaw, Freddie Waits, Richard Landrum, Warren SmithMuse Records
1974Peruvian BlueTed Dunbar, David Williams, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Richard Landrum, Sonny MorganMuse
1975LuciferCarlos Alomar, Bill Barron, Billy Hart, James Spaulding, Charles Sullivan, Chris WhiteMuse
1975In TandemTed DunbarMuse
1978InnocenceSonny Fortune, Jimmy Owens, Buster Williams, Gary King, Ben Riley, Brian Brake, Billy Hart, Rafael Cruz, produced by Joel DornWolf
1980Golden LotusJohn Stubblefield, Steve NelsonMuse
1981At the PianoSoloXanadu Records
1983Green ChimneysBuster Williams, Ben RileyCriss Cross Jazz
19841+1+1Ron Carter, Michael MooreBlack Hawk
1984LandscapeCecil McBee, Al FosterBaystate
1985Autumn In New York (LP) / New York Attitude (CD)Rufus Reid, Freddie WaitsUptown Records
1985ScratchDave Holland, Daniel HumairEnja Records
1986What IfWallace Roney, John Stubblefield, Cecil McBee, Victor LewisEnja
1986Two as OneBuster WilliamsRed Records
1988Live At Fat TuesdaysCecil McBee, Victor Lewis, John Stubblefield, Eddie HendersonEnja Records
1989Rhythm-a-ningJohn HicksCandid Records
1990InvitationRalph Moore, David Williams, Lewis NashCriss Cross
1990Live at Maybeck HallSoloConcord
1990The Only OneRay Drummond, Ben RileyReservoir
1991Lemuria - SeascapeRay Drummond, Ben RileyCandid
1991ConfirmationRay Drummond, Ben Riley, Barry HarrisCandid
1991The MomentVictor Lewis, Rufus ReidReservoir Records
1991QuickstepJohn Stubblefield, Eddie Henderson, David Williams, Victor Lewis,Enja
1992People TimeStan GetzPolygram
1993Other PlacesMino Cinelu, Bobby Hutcherson, Victor Lewis, Ralph Moore, Rufus ReidVerve Records
1993SambaoToninho Horta, Victor Lewis, Nico Assumpção, Mino CineluVerve
1994Wanton SpiritRoy Haynes, Charlie HadenVerve
1996Swamp SallyMino CineluPolygram
1993Things UnseenEddie Henderson, John Scofield, John StubblefieldVerve
1998Night and the CityCharlie HadenVerve
2001FreefallRegina CarterVerve
2001Live At Bradley'sRay Drummond, Ben RileySunnyside
2002Canta BrazilTrio da PazSunnyside
2003PeaceGeorge RobertDIW Records
2004ImagesAnne Drummond, Kimberly Thompson, Kiyoshi KitagawaSunnyside
2004Super StandardSuper Trio - Jay Leonhart, Al FosterTokuma[9]
2008The TravelerKiyoshi Kitagawa, Francisco Mela, Steve Wilson, Lionel LouekeSunnyside
2009Minor BluesGeorge Mraz, Ben RileyVenus Records
2013Thrasher Dream TrioRon Carter, Gerry GibbsWhaling City Sound
2014The Art of ConversationDave HollandImpulse Records

As sideman[edit]

With Ron Carter

With Continuum

With Charles Davis

With Booker Ervin

With Ella Fitzgerald

With Stan Getz

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Roy Haynes

  • Togyu (RCA, 1975)

With Jimmy Heath

With Joe Henderson

With Ron Holloway

  • Struttin' (1995)

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Jon Irabagon

  • The Observer (2009)

With Elvin Jones

With Eric Kloss

With Yusef Lateef

With James Moody

With Idris Muhammad

With Nathen Page

  • Page-Ing Nathen

With Marvin Peterson

  • Naima (1978)
  • The Angels of Atlanta (1981)

With Woody Shaw

With Sphere

  • Four for All (Verve, 1987)
  • Bird Songs (1988)

With Charles Sullivan

  • Re-Entry (1975)
  • Kamau (1995)

With Bob Thiele Collective

  • Louis Satchmo (1991)

With Tom Varner

With Tyrone Washington


  1. ^ a b arwulf arwulf. "Allmusic biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Rizzo, Gene (5 March 2005). "Kenny Barron". 50 Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 143. ISBN 9780634074165. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2001). "Kenny Barron". All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 1152. ISBN 9780879306274. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. p. 12. Mosaic.
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Wanton Spirit". Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Kugiya, Hugo (June 15, 2010). "Jazz pianist Aaron Parks is back on the farm — the James Farm". The Seattle Times. 
  8. ^ Andrew Hamilton. "Allmusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Ken Dryden. "Super Standard - Kenny Barron Trio,Super Trio - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Ron Wynn. "Mad About Tadd - Continium - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 

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