Born: May 15, 1966 Primary Instrument: Piano
Kenny MacKenzie Trio have been playing together since 2000. Kenny spent most of his life on Long Island but now lives in FL. Most of the other players live in NYC. In 2001 they began playing live in a quintet format in the heart of NYC's West Village at Café Creole every Monday from May 2001 to Sept 2003. Shortly after the start of this gig they performed as a trio in Louis Bar (now Louis 649) every Thursday from August 01 to August 04. Beginning in November 2002 the trio also began month long fill-ins for Eri Yamamoto at famed Arthur's Tavern and continued to do so semi-annually through Nov. 2004. In 2005 Kenny joined the Shenole Latimer Quartet. From June 2007 to Feb. 2008 the trio set up closer to Kenny's home at the Elk Street Grille in Port Jefferson. Kenny has a performing trio in FL with John Pellegrino on bass and Scott Mariash on drums. They perform the first Friday of every Month at La Crepe en Haut - Ormond Beach, frequently adding Flugelhornist Marc Koblick in later sets....
MacKenzie's trio plays with a relaxed and knowing feel that reminds me of what Vince Guaraldi did with the Peanuts material - Mark Seleski (Jazz.com)
MacKenzie presents a varied program of inventive original music that brings to mind the angular style of Keith Jarrett and the groovy appeal of Ramsey Lewis. - Cadence Magazine
Joyful original tunes and crisp playing...Why can't every modern-bop group show this much spirit? - KZSU radio
This new release has all the elements of a successful project, excellent charts, great musicianship and a fresh new sound...This is one album you will find yourself playing often. - eJazzNews
There You Are
Tracks: 1; Too Much Matlock 2; Always Leaving 3;Sarabande 4;There You Are 5;In Control 6;To A Wild Rose 7;If I Should Lose You 8;Chinny Chin Chin 9;Sky Blue
Personnel: Kenny MacKenzie: piano Nathan Peck: bass Yoni Halevy: drums Mike Savino: bass Chris Higginbottom: drums Zaid Shukri: bass Paul Micca: drums.
Closer to the Day
Tracks: 1; Song One 2; Face to Shine 3;Closer to the Day 4;Like Them That Dream 5;Good Manners 6;Song Two 7;Black and Orange 8;Surely.
Personnel: Kenny MacKenzie: piano Shenole Latimer: alto sax Nathan Peck: bass Yoni Halevy: drums Jerry McDonald: bass Ben Bynum: drums.
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Palm Coast, FL
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students