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Kenny Reichert

Kenny Reichert is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer, bandleader, and educator who has been described as “a distinctive player and composer” by DownBeat Magazine and “accomplished” by Textura. He is known for his wide-reaching artistic vision and creativity, seeking to expand his boundaries and discover new musical horizons.

Reichert is a seasoned performer, having shared the stage alongside many notable jazz artists in the Midwest including Russ Johnson, Geof Bradfield, Johannes Wallmann, Alyssa Allgood, Clark Sommers, Ethan Philion, Christy Bennett, Artie Black, Tony Barba, and Devin Drobka. Reichert’s second studio album as a leader, Deep Breath, was released in April 2023 with Shifting Paradigm Records. He self-released his debut album Interpretations in 2015 and has been featured on recordings such as Johannes Wallmann’s Love Wins (Fresh Sound) and Ian Ewing’s Overnight (Nettwerk Music Group).

Born in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Reichert grew up playing piano, guitar, and organ. After attending Berklee College of Music, Reichert returned to Milwaukee to complete his studies in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Reichert holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University and was a 2022 Luminarts Cultural Foundation Jazz Improvisation Fellow.

In 2014, Reichert met his wife, classical guitarist, vocalist, composer, and educator Sara d’Ippolito Reichert, in the Milwaukee music scene. Together they formed the jazz-folk duo "Sara and Kenny." Since 2015, the duo has toured and recorded across the United States and Europe, including concerts in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Lichtenstein, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States. To date, Sara and Kenny have released four albums and three singles: Volver A Los 17 (2022), Puzzles by the Fire (2019), Heartless (2019), Landscapes (2019), Pretty (2018), Familiar Rhythms (2017), and Spirit of Gold (2015).

Reichert also composes and produces music for sync and licensing purposes. He has over 20 releases between Bigger Story Music, Atomica Music Library, Burnett Music, Slightly Subversive, and The License Lab.

Kenny Reichert performs with Raezer’s Edge Amplifiers.


Album Review

Kenny Reichert: Switch

Read "Switch" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chicago guitarist Kenny Reichert works extremely hard to make his sound come across as casual on Switch. If you do not count the numerous discs with his partner Sara d'Ippolito Reichert, this is his third release as a leader. It follows Deep Breath (Shifting Paradigm Records, 2023) and returning from that previous outing are vocalist Alyssa Allgood and drummer Devin Drobka. Anchored by the rock steady pulse of bassist Ethan Philion, the title track opens with Reichert and ...

Album Review

Kenny Reichert: Deep Breath

Read "Deep Breath" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Kenny Reichert is a jny:Chicago-based guitarist of broad background, Berklee training, and wide-ranging tastes in pop and jazz. He has self-released one studio album, Interpretations (2015). Reichert records mostly originals. If you are looking for influences, “Spears" (a play on “Sphere"?) sounds Thelonious Sphere Monk-ish enough, with plenty of solo space for saxophonist Tony Barba woven in. Barba can hold his own with anyone. Reichert does not shy away from vocals either. His lyricist and singer is Alyssa ...

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“...a distinctive player and composer with wide-ranging idiomatic inklings.”
DownBeat Magazine

When one considers how accomplished Reichert shows himself to be as a guitarist, bandleader, and writer, the words triple threat come to mind.”
— Textura


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Calligram Records


Deep Breath

Shifting Paradigm Records



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