© 2020 St. Louis Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

The Career Of Kenny Barron

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, October 21, 2018 will present “The Career of Kenny Barron.”  Born in Philadelphia in 1943, this jazz piano master began his recording career in 1960 at the age of 17 with recordings with Yusef Lateef and his brother tenor saxophonist Bill Barron.  To date, Kenny Barron has 564 recording sessions to his credit with 54 as a leader.  He had a five-year stints with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz and recorded with just about everyone who is anyone in jazz.  In addition to work on his own projects, tonight’s show presents Kenny Barron with Regina Carter, Kevin Mahogany, Clark Terry and Benny Carter, Sphere, J.J. Johnson and Al Grey. Dizzy Gillespie, Mark Whitfield, Stan Getz, the Ron Carter Piccolo Bass Quartet, Bobby Hutcherson, Little Jimmy Scott, Jim Hall, Joe Henderson, Joshua Breakstone, Judy Niemack and James Moody.

The Slide Show shows my photographs of some of the musicians heard on tonight's show.

Due to copyright restrictions, the audio from this show is no longer available. Audio links are available for one week after a show airs, starting on the Monday after the show.

Here is a video of Kenny Barron (p) and David Holland (b) playing "Billie's Bounce" at Jazz à la Villette in France in 2012.

Stay Connected
Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

Send questions and comments about this story to feedback@stlpublicradio.org.

St. Louis Public Radio is your trusted source for reliable reporting on politics in the St. Louis region, Jefferson City, Rolla, and the Metro East. Through Election Day and beyond, we will be here, delivering the news, providing context and keeping you updated on everything that is happening. It’s all possible because of donations from people like you. Support this work by making a donation today.