Born: July 20 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Kim Pensyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer and arranger who has twice been named one of Billboard’s Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. A pianist and trumpeter, he has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. He has recorded with jazz legends such as Toots Thielemans, and modern greats like Joey Calderazzo and Bob Mintzer. He has performed at such esteemed jazz venues as The Blue Note and Blues Alley and toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra and Acoustic Alchemy. He has more than 100 published works recorded and over 150 compositions and arrangements in his catalog...
Awards:Career Highlights: “Pensyl Sketches #1” (1989) #3 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart #2 on Radio & Records NAC Chart #6 on Gavin AA Chart ASCAP Best New Jazz Writer #10 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year “Pensyl Sketches #2” (1990) #5 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart #3 on Radio & Records NAC Chart #9 on Radio & Records Contemporary Jazz Chart #3 on Gavin AA Chart #16 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year “Pensyl Sketches #3” (1991) #9 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart Top 10 at Radio & Records and Gavin N. A. R. M. Jazz Album of the Year “Three Day Weekend” (1992) #3 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart Top 10 at Radio & Records and Gavin “Eyes of Wonder” (1993) #16 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart “Jazz Voices” (1996) WOSU-TV’s award winning concert video
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Associate Professor of Jazz Studies College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati.
Jazz Improvisation Clinic Jazz Styles and Analysis Clinic