Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron in Munich (2001)
Background information
Born (1943-06-09) June 9, 1943
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1960s–present

Kenny Barron (born June 9, 1943, Philadelphia) is an American jazz pianist. Barron has appeared on hundreds of recordings as leader and sideman and is considered one of the most 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]



  1. 1 2 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" (PDF). 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.

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