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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: May 27, 1930

Kenny Dennis began his music career in the United States Army Band playing drums in three bands from 1948-1952. While serving, he met and performed with fellow musicians, (alto-saxophonist) Cannonball Adderley, his brother, (trumpet player) Nat, and (pianist) Junior Mance. After being discharged, he connected with junior high school mate, (pianist) Ray Bryant and became part of The Ray Bryant Trio along with Jimmy Rowser on bass. They became the house trio at the famous North Philadelphia Jazz Club, “Blue Note” where they played for such notable jazz artist as J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Chris Connor, and Sonny Stitt. His career next took him to New York, where he worked with numerous artists including Miles Davis, Phineas Newborn, Billy Taylor, Erroll Garner, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins. In 1957 Kenny performed in Sonny Rollins's Trio with bassist Wendell Marshall at Carnegie Hall -- a historic performance that was commemorated in 2007 with a 50th anniversary concert. Kenny’s next stop was California, when Miles Davis recommended him to Ms. Lena Horne. Recording credits include recordings with such notable artist as Michelle Le Grande Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Nancy Wilson, Gerald Wilson and Langston Hughes....
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Johnny Griffin Quartet - The Congregation
Johnny Griffin - tenor sax, Sonny Clark - Piano, Paul Chambers - Bass, Kenny Dennis - Drums
From the album 'THE CONGREGATION' (1957)


Sonny Stitt Quartet - "Blues Greasy"
Sonny Stitt - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons - piano, Edgar Willis - bass, Kenny Dennis - drums
From the album Personal Appearance - 1957


Michael Legrand Jazz Orchestra - "Jitterbug Waltz"
Miles Davis - trumpet, Herbie Mann - flute, Jerome Richardson - clarinet, baritone sax, Phil Woods - alto sax, John Coltrane - tenor sax, Betty Glamann - harp, Eddie Costa - vibraphone, Barry Galbraith - guitar, Bill Evans - piano, Paul Chambers - bass, Kenny Dennis - drums, Michel Legrand - arranger, conductor
From the album Legrand Jazz - 1958


"When The Saints Go Marching In" and "What Kind of Fool Am I"
Victor Feldman - Vibes and Piano, Jimmy Rowles - Piano, Kenny Dennis - Drums, Bob Whitlock - Bass
From the Frankly Jazz TV Series with host Frank Evans (1962).


Kenny Dennis Trio - Gershwin's "Summertime" and "There's a Boat That's Leavin Soon for New York"
Kenny Dennis - Drums, Phil Wright - Piano, Mike Gurrola - Bass
Free Friday Jazz Series, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on May 21, 2010.


Kenny Dennis Trio - "Autumn Leaves"
Kenny Dennis - Drums, Llew Matthew - Piano, Mike Gurrola - Bass
At Keyboard Concepts in Los Angeles on August 14, 2010.


Kenny Dennis Trio - "It Was Just One Of Those Things"
Kenny Dennis - Drums, Llew Matthew - Piano, Mike Gurrola - Bass
At Keyboard Concepts in Los Angeles on August 14, 2010.

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