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Kenny Drew Jr.

p, 1958-2014 US, New York City
Musician of Jazz

American Jazz Pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. (born June 14, 1958, died August 3, 2014), son of jazz pianist Kenny Drew, is an American jazz pianist. His music is known for its hard-swinging bluesy sound and large, two-handed rooty chords contrasting with fast runs. His style is said to be similar to that of his father and Oscar Peterson. His initial study was in classical music with an aunt. In his teens he became interested in jazz and pop, but initially worked in funk bands. Later he went into jazz piano and in 1990 won the Great American Jazz Piano competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has continued to perform jazz, but has also performed some chamber music. His style has some similarities to his father's, but is different enough to generally avoid comparison. He is considered the more eclectic of the two. Drew attended Iona College in New Rochelle, NY for a spell from 1977 to 1978. There, he became pianist for the Iona College Singers, an entertainment troop promoting the College's name and goodwill among local high schools, retirement homes and the like in the Northeast region of the USA.

     
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Dance
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Giant Steps on A Look Inside by Kenny Drew Jr.
Minuet On The Name Of Haydn on A Look Inside by Kenny Drew Jr.
When You Wish Upon A Star on Kenny Drew Jr. by Kenny Drew Jr.
Mr. P.C. on A Look Inside by Kenny Drew Jr.
Silver's Serenade on Duality by Larry Coryell & Kenny Drew Jr.
Confrontation on The Rainbow Connection by Kenny Drew Jr.
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes on Duality by Larry Coryell & Kenny Drew Jr.
In Walked Bud on Kenny Drew Jr. by Kenny Drew Jr.
Passionata - With String Orchestra on Passionata by Kenny Drew Jr.
Moanin' on Duality by Larry Coryell & Kenny Drew Jr.

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
DualityKenny Drew Jr. & Larry Coryell2011Album
SongbookDaniel Schnyder Featuring Kenny Drew Jr., Kristjan Järvi, Symphony Orchestra Of Norrlands Opera2002Album
Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1999-Agb SeriesKenny Drew Jr.2001Album
Ravel JazzPeter Waters, Kenny Drew Jr., Musikkollegium Winterthur2001Album
Jazz Meets Weill And GershwinKurt Weill, David Taylor, Kenny Drew Jr., Daniel Schnyder2000Album
Solo - This One's for BillKenny Drew Jr.1999Album
Follow The SpiritKenny Drew Jr.1998Album
PassionataKenny Drew Jr.1998Album
At MaybeckKenny Drew Jr.1995Album
A Look InsideKenny Drew Jr.1993Album
Kenny Drew, Jr.Kenny Drew Jr.1991Album
The Flame WithinKenny Drew Jr.1989Album
Third PhaseKenny Drew Jr.1989Album
The Rainbow ConnectionKenny Drew Jr.1988Album
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