Cultural Percussionist

Kenny Drew Day

Kenneth SidneyKennyDrew (August 28, 1928 – August 4, 1993) was an American jazz pianist.

Drew was born in New York City in 1928 and received piano lessons from the age of five. He attended the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan. Drew’s first recording, in 1950, was with Howard McGhee, and over the next two years he worked in bands led by Buddy DeFranco, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, among others. After a brief period with his own trio in California, Drew returned to New York, playing with Dinah Washington, Johnny Griffin, Buddy Rich, and several others over the following few years. He led many recording sessions throughout the ’50s, and in 1957 appeared on John Coltrane‘s album Blue Train.

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