Kenny Drew was born in New York City in August of 1928.
At the age of 5, he began studying classical piano with a
private teacher and at 8, gave a recital. This early
background is similar to that of Bud Powell, the man who
later became his main inspiration as a jazz pianist. After
digging Fats Waller, at 12, and then Art Tatum and Teddy
Wilson, Drew attended the High School of Music and Art.
He was known as a hot boogie woogie player but passed
through this phase before graduation.
Kenny's first professional job was as accompanist at Pearl
Primus' dance school. At the same time, he was alternating
with Walter Bishop Jr