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Charles Kynard
Charles (*1933) was a native of Kansas City, MO, who lived and played in Kansas City, MO, for over forty years. Charles received his early education in the Kansas City, KS public schools. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas at Lawrence; Post graduate work at UCLA, University of California at Long Beach; Avila University, Kansas City; the Ford Free University in Berlin/Germany; and the Hock Schule für Musik in Berlin/Germany. Charles started studying and playing music at the tender age of nine then switching from piano to the organ.
 
In 1956-1957, he touched the world with the U.S. Army show. He also appeared on the famous Ed Sullivan show in 1956; and with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra. During the early 1960’s, Charles often played as a guest organist at Municipal stadium at Kansas City Athletics baseball games.
 
In 1963, Charles moved to Los Angeles, CA, and worked in studio orchestras for Columbia Pictures, and Warner Brothers Pictures. He also worked with studio musicians in and around Hollywood. Charles, despite the number of albums produced, actually recorded infrequently choosing to appear nightly on the Los Angeles County and New York night club scenes.
 
Kynard was also an educator who taught mentally challenged children of both the Kansas City, MO, public school district and the Los Angeles County public school system. In his private studio, he would teach piano and organ to budding musicians of all ages. In addition to his love of several jazz genres that included soul, jazz, and acid jazz, Charles equally loved and played Gospel music much in the tradition of Fats Waller. To that end he served as organist at the First AME Church Los Angeles. Charles later led First AME Church of Pasadena as its Minister of Music and served as organist for the Fifth District of the AME Church.
 
Charles traveled and performed with Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Jimmy Witherspoon, in concerts in New York, California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and other states. Charles had been performing with the popular stage drama, "Evolution of the Blues." Charles passed away in 1979 as he sat at the organ that day playing the music he loved so much.
 
from "Tribute To Charles Kynard" (www.kynard.com)
contact:
homepage: www.kynard.com (tribute site)

 

Discography
My Mother's Eyes
Pacific Jazz PJ-71
recorded May 1963 in Los Angeles, CA/USA
Sonny Stitt, tenor sax
Ray Crawford, guitar
Charles Kynard, organ
Doug Sides, drums
Where It's At!
Pacific Jazz PJ-72
recorded 1963 in Hollywood, CA/USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Clifford Scott, sax
Howard Roberts, guitar
Ray Crawford, guitar
Milt Turner, drums
Leroy Henderson, drums
Ronnell Bright, piano
Professor Soul
Prestige 7599
recorded August 1968 in Los Angeles, CA/USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Cal Green, guitar
Johnny Kirkwood, drums
The Soul Brotherhood
Prestige 7630
recorded March 1969 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Charles Kynard, organ
David 'Fathead' Newman, tenor sax
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Grant Green, guitar
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Mickey Roker, drums
Reelin' With The Feelin'
Prestige 7688
recorded August 1969 in Los Angeles, CA/USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Wilton Felder, tenor sax
Joe Pass, guitar
Carol Kaye, bass
Paul Humphrey, drums
Afro-Disiac
Prestige 7796
recorded April 1970 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Bernard Purdie, drums
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Grant Green, guitar
Houston Person, tenor sax
Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui (Beautiful People)
Prestige 10008
recorded 1970 in New Orleans, LA and Metairie, LA/USA
Charles Kynard, organ, piano
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Bernard Purdie, drums
Idris Muhammad, drums
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Rusty Bryant, tenor sax
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Charles Kynard
Mainstream Records MRL 331
recorded 1971 in USA
Charles Kynard, organ
King Errison, conga
Billy Fender, guitar
James F. Gadson, drums
Ernest J. Watts, tenor sax
Carol Kaye, bass
Woga
Mainstream Records MRL 366
recorded 1972 in USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Chuck Rainey, bass
Arthur Adams, guitar
David Roberts, trombone, bass trombone
George Bohanon, trombone, bass trombone
James Kartchner, trumpet, flugelhorn
Jerome Rusch, trumpet, flugelhorn
Paul Humphrey, drums
Freedom Jazz Dance
Mainstream Records MRL 388
recorded August 1971 in USA
Leonard Feather, piano
Charles Kynard, organ
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Earnie Watts, tenor sax
Fred Robinson, trombone
Chino Valdes, percussion
Paul Humphrey, drums
Max Bennett, bass
Your Mama Don't Dance
Mainstream Records MRL 389
recorded 1973 in USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Chuck Rainey, bass
Ray Pounds, drums
Paul Humphrey, drums
David Roberts, trombone, bass trombone
George Bohanon, trombone, bass trombone
Arthur Adams, guitar
James Kartchner, trumpet, flugelhorn
Jerome Rusch, trumpet, flugelhorn
The Last Tango = Blues
Mainstream Records MRL 392
recorded 1973 in USA
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
David Angel, alto sax, clarinet
Steve Kravitz, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Chuck Rainey, bass
Darrell Clayborn, bass
Ray Pounds, drums
Jackie Kelso, flute
David T. Walker, guitar
Charles Kynard, organ
Chino Valdes, percussion
King Errisson, percussion
Paul Humphrey, percussion
Herman Riley, tenor sax
Jackie Kelso, tenor sax
Booty
Mainstream Records MRL 413
recorded 1974 in USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Larry McGuire, trumpet
Jerry Rusch, trumpet, flugelhorn
David Roberts, trombone, bass trombone
Paul Humphrey, drums
Carol Kaye, bass
Charles Mallory, guitar
Legends Of Acid Jazz
Prestige PRCD 24219-23
tracks 01-06: originally released as Afro-Disiac, recorded April 1970 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
tracks 07-11: originally released as Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui recorded December 1970 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Charles Kynard, organ
Houston Person, tenor sax
Rusty Bryant, tenor sax
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Grant Green, guitar
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Bernard Purdie, drums
Idris Muhammad, drums

 
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