Born: April 26, 1950 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Ken began playing trumpet in 1959, and played in the Northside Highlander Concert band from 1960-1963. After completing four years of private training, he played 1st chair trumpet in his high school concert band from 1963-1968. Immediately after that he worked as conductor and lead trumpet player for the Six Flags Over Georgia orchestra from 1968-1971. His natural musical interests brought him to playing guitar, electric bass, and keyboards, and he began working in nightclub bands, in which he played full-time from 1971-1980.
1981 he formed a partnership with an electronics technician, and moved into the professional studio business. Performance venues changed from clubs to private parties and concerts. He continues to develop his studio and has recorded over 1000 albums.
As a composer, he has been commissioned to write music for various clients such as Warner Bros. Films, CNN, the Weather Channel, many radio and TV advertisers as well as for songwriters and lyricists of all types. Ken has played trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass and keyboard on thousands of studio sessions, and is quite familiar with orchestration, arranging and composition, as well as audio engineering and MIDI programming techniques.
Ken's band Solid State, performs their original compositions, and has been featured on WRFG, WBCX, & WCLK FM radio stations, PBS Television's Jazz Atlanta, at The Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Inman Park Festival, and the Atlanta Arts Festival, as well in many jazz clubs and private parties. Ken continues to be active in the professional music and recording business in Atlanta.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
I teach from my recording studio in Atlanta (www.800east.com). I teach trumpet, guitar, electric bass, keyboards, theory and music production including arranging and composition. For hours and rates please contact me at: 404-688-9388 or firstname.lastname@example.org