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Kenny Washington


One of the many young hard-bop revivalists to have arrived on the scene in the late '70s and early ‘80s, Washington has been in particular demand by much older musicians, playing with such legendary veterans as Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, and Tommy Flanagan. Born in Brooklyn, Washington studied with the former Dizzy Gillespie drummer Rudy Collins and attended New York's LaGuardia High School for Music & Art. Washington worked with Konitz while still in his teens, recording with the saxophonist's nonet in 1977. He worked with Carter from 1978-9 and Griffin from 1980


Charles, Play!

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: How About You?; Be My Love; Peter and the Big Bad Wolf; These Foolish Things; Swing State; Passport; Chopin; Golson; Simple Pleasure.


Article: Album Review

Charles Chen: Charles, Play!

Read "Charles, Play!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Charles Chen makes his recorded debut and confidently answers the command on Charles, Play!, a splendid quartet date on which he is ably supported by veteran tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore and the peerless rhythmic tandem of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. Chen wrote four of the album's nine engaging numbers ...


Article: Liner Notes

Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'

Read "Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Chances are that if you're reading these notes right now you're more than a bit familiar with the talents of tenor saxophonists Eric Alexander and Grant Stewart and might even have picked up Wailin' (Criss 1258), their first effort together leading a quintet billed as Reeds and Deeds. As such, it would probably be redundant to ...


Article: Live Review

Cedar Walton Trio at Night Town

Read "Cedar Walton Trio at Night Town" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Cedar Walton Trio Night Town Cleveland Heights, Ohio April 4, 2002 Every spring, jazz fans in Cleveland can look forward to a stupefying array of festivities revolving around the Tri-C JazzFest, which happens to be America's premier educational jazz festival. Over the years, this has also meant that other jazz-related presentations ...


Article: Liner Notes

Joe Magnarelli: Hoop Dreams

Read "Joe Magnarelli: Hoop Dreams" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

As Duke Ellington would often remind us, music comes in two varieties, that which is good and that which is bad. This suggests that genre and category are really of little concern and that overall quality is really the defining factor in considering the validity of any musical expression. Taking this axiom one step further, let ...


A Joyful Holiday

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Warm In December; Twinkle Twinkle Little Me; The Christmas Song; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; O Holy Night; The Christmas Song.


Linger Awhile [Deluxe Edition]

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Can't Get Out of This Mood; Guess Who I Saw Today; Nostalgia (The Day I Knew); Sweet Pumpkin; Misty; Social Call; I'm Confessin' That I Love You; Linger Awhile; 'Round Midnight; Someone to Watch Over Me; I Miss You So; Sometimes Today Seems Like Yesterday; I’m Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key); I’m Afraid (Of Loving You Too Much); Guess Who I Saw Today (New Trio Version); Can’t Get Out Of This Mood (Duo Version); Sweet Pumpkin (Duo Version); Guess Who I Saw Today (Duo Version); Lush Life.


Green On The Scene

Label: Cellar Music group
Released: 2023
Track listing: Red Cross; Cheatin'; Horizons; A Handful of Stars; The Song Is You; All The Things You Are;' You-Kraine (Song For Ukraine); A Tear and a Smile; Barry


The Heavy Hitters

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Hub; New Day; Silverdust; Una Dia es un Dia; Big Richard; Chainsaw; This Is Something New; Cedar Land; Bluesit.


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