Kenny DrewKenny was born in august 1928 (New York City). At the age of 5, he began studying classical piano. He attended the High School of Music and Art. Soon, was known as a hot boogie woogie player.
Later, he was alternating with Walter Bishop Jr. in a neighborhood band that included Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean and Art Taylor. He first recorded with Howard McGhee in 1949, and over the next two years recorded with Buddy DeFranco, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, and Dinah Washington. He then led many recording sessions throughout the 1950s. In 1953, Kenny decided to settle in Los Angeles, but made his way back in 1957 to NYC, where he worked as an accompanist for Dinah Washington.
Along with several other American jazz musicians who went to Europe, in 1961 Kenny moved to Denmark. He was a well known figure on the Copenhagen jazz scene, recording many sessions with the Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Kenny passed away in august 1993.
Some Other Spring
Storyville SLP 4045
recorded may 1970 in København/Denmark (?)
Karin Krog, vocals
Dexter Gordon, tenor sax
Kenny Drew, piano, organ
Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen, bass
Espen Rud, drums