Randy Kaye Randy Kaye

Born on May 20, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y.,Randy grew up in a household where music was a part of life.The son of Alan Kaye, a saxophone player in many big bands and his mother Leona was also a jazz singer. Randy took uo the saxophone at a young age. When young Randy was sick with rheumatic fever Rhis father bought him a set of drums and he never looked back. Randy attended schools in Brooklyn and was a golden glove boxer,played baseball and ran track. Kaye was asked to cut his hair in high school and when he refused he was expelled. Mr. Kaye,a lifelong musician began playing professionally when he was only 15 years old! He started sitting in with players like Kenny Dorham and Roland Kirk and even sat in with Duke Ellington once. would have his father pick him up at the clubs after a gig. Randy was eventually hired by Tony Scott to play in his band along with Paul Chambers and Jaki Byard. Shortly after he was introduced to clarinetist Perry Robinson and Dave Izenson and went on to form the Unitrio band. Randy was also working with vocalist Sheila Jordan and in early 1969 he became the drummer for Jimi Hendrix, who was putting together a new band, favoring more experimental instrumental music. Randy Kaye was part of the “Gypsy Sun and Rainbows Band”and play with Jimi at the famed “Tinker St. gig” Jimi Hendrix's manager put an end to that project shortly before the Woodstock festival in August of that year

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”Jimmy Giuffre was the best leader, both as a player and as a man,” said Kaye, who spent a quarter century playing with Giuffre

“It's a dangerous type of music we play,” said Kaye. “It could be rambling on. But so is a straight-ahead gig, with ninety choruses of the same song. I have devices in my head that keep things moving. The challenge is to move it along without dominating the players.

“It's not a jam session. It's not about how good anyone is. It's about playing from your heart. It's a bridge between the intellect and the emotions. It's a different way of playing

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Album Brooklyn 1967, May 24th by Randy Kaye

Brooklyn 1967, May...

Philology Jazz Records



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