Kenny Blake

Kenny Blake

Kenny Blake

Kenny Blake

Tue, Dec 18, 2018, 5:00pm
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Backstage Bar at Theater Square
  • Free

Jazz saxophonist and composer Kenny Blake earned critical acclaim and reached the top of the jazz charts with his four releases on Heads Up Records. His sound is “soul hybrid” a combination of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues. Kenny Blake's R&B-tinged solos delight fans around the world. Kenny has performed throughout the United State, Europe, and South Africa as a solo artist and sideman. In the mid-80's Blake toured with the MCA pop-jazz recording artists Cabo Frio and performed his compositions on their 1987 self-titled release. With airplay on smooth jazz and quiet storm radio stations Blake’s 1991 solo release “Interior Design” climbed to number 15 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. He again reached the jazz charts at number 20 with the album “Rumor Has It” in 1992. Blake has released five solo CDs. Along with Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley Blake performs as member of the Heads Up Super Band and appeared on their 1998 release. As a session man Blake has recorded with Pieces of a Dream, Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley, Darryl Alexander, Tommy Price, Bob Thompson, Chizmo Charles, Rodney McCoy, Donny Iris, Billy Price, Pure Gold, and John Harrison III, and others. He has appeared at many jazz festivals including the annual Berks Jazz Festival, the Jazz on the Rocks festival in Cape Town, South Africa, the 2006 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and at festivals in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rehobeth Beach, Oregon, and Cape May. Kenny works with an array of top musicians and performing in duos, trios, and quartets.

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