Kenny Washington

Instrument: Vocal

Genre: Jazz, soul

Available: 2020-21

Area: Europe

Kenny Washington

Instrument: Vocal

Genre: Jazz, soul

Available: 2020-21

Area: Europe

Bio

Kenny Washington has thrilled audiences across the globe with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and inventive scatting. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington appeared in 2013 with Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform Blood On The Fields, alongside vocalists Gregory Porter and Paula West. He returned in 2014 for Basie & The Blues with pianist Eric Reed and again in 2016 to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. In 2017, Washington performed with Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra alongside Roberta Gambarini, to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday.

 

Born and raised in New Orleans, Washington grew up singing gospel in church and playing saxophone in school bands. Jazz caught his interest when the great clarinetist Alvin Batiste performed at his high school with a band of students that included two precocious, talented teenage brothers named Branford and Wynton Marsalis. Inspired, Washington went on to study music at Xavier University, playing saxophone and singing in a variety of styles.

 

After college, Washington joined the honorary U.S. Navy Band Guam, followed by the U.S. Navy Band 7th Fleet stationed in Japan. He auditioned as a saxophonist, but discovery of his singing talent landed him a spot as a vocalist in both bands. For nine years, Washington performed with the bands across Asia, Russia, Australia and the U.S.

 

After settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington was cast alongside Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry and Nancy King in a featured role in Fire at Keaton’s Bar & Grill, an off-Broadway theater production by saxophonist Roy Nathanson. Further success came with an invitation to join vibraphonist Joe Locke on several dates leading to Washington’s feature on Locke’s For The Love of You (2010).

 

Washington continues to appears nationally and internationally with The Joe Locke Group as well as maintain a busy schedule of solo national and international appearances.

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