Kenny Barron performing in 2018
Born June 9, 1943 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Genres Jazz Musician, composer Instruments Piano 1960s-present Website www .kennybarron .com
Kenny Barron (born June 9, 1943) is an American jazz pianist, who 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.  
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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.
He graduated in 1978 with a BA in arts from
Empire State College (Metropolitan Center, New York City).
He co-led the groups
Sphere and the Classical Jazz Quartet.
Between 1987 and 1991, Barron recorded several albums with
Stan Getz, most notably , Voyage , Bossas & Ballads - The Lost Sessions , Serenity Anniversary and People Time, a two-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.
In May 2010, Barron was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from
Berklee College of Music along with African-born singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo, Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, and songwriting duo Leon Huff and Kenneth Gamble.
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,  Harry Pickens, Jon Regen and Aaron Parks.
( You Had Better Listen Atlantic, 1967) with Jimmy Owens
( Sunset to Dawn Muse, 1973)
(Muse, 1974) Peruvian Blue
(Muse, 1975 ) with In Tandem Ted Dunbar
(Muse, 1975) Lucifer
(Wolf, 1978) Innocence
( Together Denon, 1978) with Tommy Flanagan
(Muse, 1980 ) Golden Lotus
( Kenny Barron at the Piano Xanadu, 1981 )
( Imo Live Whynot, 1982)
(Baybridge, 1982) Spiral
( Green Chimneys Criss Cross Jazz, 1983)
(BlackHawk, 1984 ) with 1+1+1 Ron Carter and Michael Moore
( Landscape Baystate, 1984)
( Autumn in New York Uptown, 1984) - reissued as New York Attitude
( Scratch Enja, 1985)
(Enja, 1986) What If?
(Red, 1986) with Two as One Buster Williams
(Storyville, 1986 ) with The Red Barron Duo Red Mitchell
(Enja, 1988) Live at Fat Tuesdays
( Rhythm-a-Ning Candid, 1989) with John Hicks
( The Only One Reservoir, 1990)
( Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Volume Ten Concord Jazz, 1990)
(Criss Cross Jazz, 1990) Invitation
(Candid, 1991) Lemuria-Seascape
(Enja, 1991) Quickstep
(Reservoir, 1991 ) The Moment
(Candid, 1991) with Confirmation Barry Harris
( Sambao Verve, 1992)
(Verve, 1993) Other Places
(Verve, 1994) with Wanton Spirit Roy Haynes and Charlie Haden
(Verve, 1995 ) Things Unseen
(Verve, 1995) with Swamp Sally Mino Cinelu
( Live at Bradley's EmArcy, 1996 )
(Universal, 1996 ) Live at Bradley's II
(Verve, 1996 ) with Charlie Haden Night and the City
(Verve, 1999) Spirit Song
(Verve, 2000) with Freefall Regina Carter
( Canta Brasil Sunnyside, 2002)
(Sunnyside, 2003) Images
( Super Standard Venus, 2004)
(Sunnyside, 2007) The Traveler
(Venus, 2009) Minor Blues
(Sunnyside, 2012) Kenny Barron & the Brazilian Knights
( The Art of Conversation Impulse!, 2014) with Dave Holland
(Impulse!, 2016) Book of Intuition
(Blue Note, 2018) Concentric Circles (Dare2, 2020) with Without Deception Dave Holland
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