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Robin Kenyatta

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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: March 6, 1942 | Died: October 28, 2004    

Robin Kenyatta - alto and tenor sax, flute

In the 1960s and 1970s, Robin Kenyatta was one of the more original players in the new sound of jazz. Unafraid to put his alto sax through unexpected twists, Kenyatta became famous for his free jazz performances. During a career spanning four decades, he released 12 albums and appeared on dozens more. He held his own against the greatest jazz men of the twentieth century and, according to All About Jazz, is remembered as “one of THE altoists of the '60s.”

Born Robert Prince Haynes on March 6, 1942, in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Kenyatta was the third child of Thomas and Rebecca Haynes. The family, including older siblings Doris and Thomas, moved to New York City when Kenyatta was four. There, a neighbor played the saxophone. For years Kenyatta listened to him practice through the walls. He fell in love with the sound and, at the age of 14, got his hands on his first instrument an alto sax. He joined the school marching band, but as the instructor was focused on trumpets, Kenyatta learned mostly on his own. Eventually he met professional musicians who helped him along, including John Handy, a saxophonist who had played with Charles Mingus. Though alto sax would become his specialty, Kenyatta also learned tenor sax, soprano sax, and flute....
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Source: Candace LaBalle

  • Until

    Pirouet
    2008
  • Stompin' At The Savoy

    Pirouet
    2008
  • Take The Heat Off Me

    Pirouet
    1979
  • Beggars And Stealers

    Pirouet
    1977
  • Encourage The People

    Pirouet
    1976
  • Nomusa

    Pirouet
    1975
  • Touch

    Pirouet
    1973
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