Robin Kenyatta

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Robert Prince Haynes, 6 March 1942, Monck’s Corner, South Carolina, USA, d. 26 October 2004, Lausanne, Switzerland. When Haynes was aged four, his family moved to New York City where, 10 years later, he began playing alto saxophone. His first jazz interests lay in the music of his formative years, bop and hard bop, and cited influences include Sonny Stitt, with whom he recorded Deuces Wild: Introducing Robin Kenyatta in 1966, Cannonball Adderley, and John Handy. As he developed he also took an interest in free jazz. In 1965 he recorded Portrait In Soul with pianist Valerie Capers. From 1969 he lived for three years in Paris, before returning briefly to the USA. Then, in the early 70s, he moved to Switzerland from which base he toured all over Europe. Among many jazz musicians with whom Kenyatta worked in the mid-60s are Bill Dixon, Roswell Rudd, Archie Shepp and Stitt and he was also with the Jazz Composers Orchestra. In the 70s, he played with pianist...

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