Kenneth Barron, 9 June 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying piano as a child, Barron began playing professionally when still in his early teens. Performing first in R&B bands, he began to concentrate on jazz, and in the late 50s and early 60s played briefly with Philly Joe Jones and Yusef Lateef. From 1961, he was resident in New York, playing with James Moody, Lee Morgan, his older brother Bill Barron, a saxophonist, and then joined Dizzy Gillespie for an association that lasted until 1966. During his sojourn with Gillespie he toured extensively. In the late 60s he was briefly with Stanley Turrentine and then spent two years with Freddie Hubbard, following this engagement with a long stint with Lateef. By this time Barron had become established as a composer and teacher and in 1973 was appointed to a senior post at Rutgers University. During this same period he also worked with Ron Carter.
In the 80s Barron continued...
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