Biography
Closely associated at times with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland surprisingly only led one CD of his own prior to his premature death. He started playing piano at age six and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Among his early jobs were playing with Michal Urbaniak (on electric keyboards) during 1977, Miroslav Vitous (1979), Terumasa Hino, and Elvin Jones. Influenced by Herbie Hancock, Kirkland was well-featured while with Wynton Marsalis' band (1981-1985), but his departure in 1985 to play pop music with Sting (along with Branford Marsalis) greatly upset Wynton. After leaving Sting in 1986, Kirkland became a session musician and in the early '90s, he joined the #Tonight Show band (under the direction of Branford Marsalis); his only album as a leader was for GRP (1991). Kirkland was found dead in his Queens, NY, apartment on November 13, 1998; he was just 43 years old. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi



 
Top Tracks
Videos
Close
Kenny Garrett Quartet feat. Kenny Kirkland Jazz Baltica
DOCTONE: Billy Hart on Kenny Kirkland
Kenny Kirkland Trio - 01 - Black Nile and Interview - HQ
Sting Live in Tokyo - "....world is runnin down". K Kirkland's piano solo
Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts talks about his friend the great jazz pianist Kenny Kirkland
Kenny Kirkland Giant Steps solo
Kenny Kirkland "Phryzzinian Man" - Peter Martin and Adam Maness | You'll Hear It S2E18
Download SoundHound
The only App that can give you results through singing and humming search!
You can sing any song from this artist to help SoundHound users find it!