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Kenny Garrett

Kenny Garrett

American musician
Kenny Garrett
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Intro American musician
Is Musician Composer Saxophonist Jazz musician
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 9 October 1960, Detroit, USA
Age 60 years
Star sign Libra
Genre:
Jazz
Instruments:
Saxophone
Flute
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Biography

Kenny Garrett (born October 9, 1960) is an American post-bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained recognition in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis's band. Since then, he has pursued a solo career.

Biography

Kenny Garrett was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 9, 1960. His father was a carpenter who played tenor saxophone as a hobby. Garrett's own career as a saxophonist took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra, under the leadership of Mercer Ellington, in 1978. Garrett also played and recorded with Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw before developing his career as a leader.

In 1984, he recorded his first album as a bandleader, Introducing Kenny Garrett, on the CrissCross label. Garrett signed to the Warner Bros. Records label, and beginning with Black Hope, in 1992, he recorded eight albums for them. Garrett's music sometimes exhibits Asian influences, an aspect which is especially prevalent in his 2006 Grammy-nominated recording Beyond the Wall.

Garrett joined the "Five Peace Band" of Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride and Brian Blade/Vinnie Colaiuta around 2008. The CD Five Peace Band – Live won a Grammy Award in 2010.

In 2011, Garrett was presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. Garrett also was the Commencement Speaker for graduates.

In 2012, Garrett received a Soul Train Award nomination for his 2012 studio album Seeds from the Underground in the Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group category. Also in 2012, Grammy nominations for Seeds from the Underground followed in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo categories, and Seeds From The Underground received a NAACP Image Award nomination in the Outstanding Jazz Album category. In 2013, Garrett won an Echo Award in the Saxophonist of the Year category.

Garrett's Pushing the World Away album received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category in 2013.

Garrett has been a resident of Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Influence

Garrett was described as "The most important alto saxophonist of his generation" by the Washington City Paper and "One of the most admired alto saxophonists in jazz after Charlie Parker" by The New York Times.

Discography

As leader

  • Introducing Kenny Garrett, 1984 (Criss Cross)
  • 5 Paddle Wheel, 1988
  • Prisoner of Love, 1989 (Atlantic)
  • African Exchange Student, 1990 (Atlantic)
  • Black Hope, 1992 (Warner Bros.)
  • Triology, 1995 (Warner Bros.)
  • Stars & Stripes Live, 1995
  • Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane, 1996 (Warner Bros.)
  • Songbook, 1997 (Warner Bros.)
  • Simply Said, 1999 (Warner Bros.)
  • Old Folks, 2001
  • Birds of a Feather: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, 2001
  • Happy People, 2002 (Warner Bros.)
  • Standard of Language, 2003 (Warner Bros.)
  • Beyond the Wall, 2006 (Nonesuch)
  • Sketches of MD – Live at the Iridium, 2008 (Mack Avenue)
  • Seeds from the Underground, 2012 (Mack Avenue)
  • Pushing the World Away, 2013 (Mack Avenue)
  • Do Your Dance!, 2016 (Mack Avenue)

As sideman

With Geri Allen

  • The Nurturer (Blue Note, 1991)

With Cindy Blackman

  • Arcane (Muse, 1987)

With Art Blakey

  • Feeling Good (Delos, 1986)

With Donald Byrd

  • Harlem Blues (Landmark, 1987)
  • Getting Down to Business (Landmark, 1989)

With Chick Corea

  • Remembering Bud Powell (Stretch, 1997)

With Miles Davis

  • Amandla (Warner Bros., 1989)
  • Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux (Warner Bros., 1991)
  • Live Around the World (Warner Bros., 1996)

With Marcus Miller

  • The Sun Don't Lie (Dreyfus, 1993)
  • Tales (Dreyfus, 1995)
  • Live & More (GRP, 1998)
  • (Telarc, 2001)
  • Panther/Live (2004)

With Mulgrew Miller

  • Hand in Hand (Novus, 1992)

With Wallace Roney

  • Intuition (Muse, 1988)

With Woody Shaw

  • Solid (Muse, 1986)

With Jack Walrath

  • Master of Suspense (Blue Note, 1987)

With Steve Turre

  • Rainbow People (HighNote, 2008)

With Cedar Walton

  • Cedar Walton Plays (Delos, 1986)

With Larry Willis

  • My Funny Valentine (Jazz City, 1988)

With other artists (selected)

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Work
1996 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
1997 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
1997 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Jazz Album of the Year Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane
1997 Nominated Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Performance Songbook
1998 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
1999 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
2006 Nominated Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Album Beyond the Wall
2009 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
2010 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
2010 Won Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Album Five Peace Band - Live
2012 Nominated Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Album Seeds from the Underground
2012 Nominated Grammy Award Best Improvised Jazz Solo "J. Mac"
2012 Nominated NAACP Image Award Outstanding Jazz Album Seeds from the Underground
2012 Nominated Soul Train Award Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group Seeds from the Underground
2012 Nominated Jazz Awards Alto Saxophonist of the Year
2012 Won Echo Award Saxophonist of the Year
2012 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
2013 Won DownBeat Readers Poll Alto Saxophone
2013 Nominated Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Album Pushing the World Away

Chart positions

Chart Peak
position
Work
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (1989) 20 Prisoner of Love
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (1990) 5 African Exchange Student
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (1992) 6 Black Hope
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (1995) 22 Triology
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (1996) 10 Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (1997) 7 Songbook
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (1999) 20 Simply Said
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2002) 19 Happy People
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2003) 11 Standard of Language
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2006) 13 Beyond the Wall
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2008) 11 Sketches of MD
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2012) 10 Seeds from the Underground
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2013) 6 Pushing the World Away
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2016) 24 Do Your Dance!
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https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p78930
http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/beyond-the-wall
http://www.grammy.com/nominees/search?artist=kenny+garrett&title=&year=All&genre=All
http://www.berklee.edu/news/3438/kenny-garrett-addresses-berklee-s-largest-gradua
http://soultrain.com/2012/10/15/just-announced-the-2012-soul-train-awards-nominees/
http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=16
https://web.archive.org/web/20130319130412/http://www.naacpimageawards.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/44th-NIA-Nominations_Final_Release.pdf
http://www.naacpimageawards.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/44th-NIA-Nominations_Final_Release.pdf
https://twitter.com/MackAvenueMusic/status/320256186794536960
https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/kenny-garrett
https://web.archive.org/web/20080927062323/http://www.nj.com/greatday/stories/more.html
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