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.
This is true jazz, full of improvisational brilliance, real soul and
expert playing. Keyboardist MacKenzie really shines...rounded
out by Nathan Peck on bass and Yoni Halevy on drums, an
astonishingly locked-in rhythm section.
- Good Times Magazine
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.
Palm Coast, FL
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students