Dave McKenna is simply one of the legends of the jazz piano. He, of course, would probably disagree. "I
don't know if I qualify as a bona-fide jazz guy," he says. "I play saloon piano. I like to stay close to the
melody." His humility and laid-back personal style seem a contrast to the vibrant vitality of his
masterful piano style. His range is truly extraordinary. One minute he is caressing a lovely ballad, the
next he is thundering and rumbling through a high-powered rendition of I Found a New Baby.
Dave was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, into a musical family. His father William McKenna, a
postman, played the drums part-time, and two sisters are singers