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Jazz Teacher

Kenny Dennis began his music career in the United States Army Band playing drums in three bands from 1948-1952. While serving, he met and performed with fellow musicians, (alto-saxophonist) Cannonball Adderley, his brother, (trumpet player) Nat, and (pianist) Junior M an ce. After being discharged, he connected with junior high school mate, (pianist) Ray Bryant and became part of The Ray Bryant Trioalong with Jimmy Rowser on bass. They became the house trio at the famous North Philadelphia Jazz Club, “Blue Note'' where they played for such notable jazz artists as J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Chris Connor, and Sonny Stitt.

His career next took him to New York, where he worked with numerous artists including Miles Davis, Phineas Newborn, Billy Taylor, Erroll Garner, Charlie Mingus and Sonny Rollins. Kenny’s next stop was California, when Miles Davis recommended him to Ms. Lena Horne. Recording credits include recordings with such notable artists as Michelle Le Grande Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Nancy Wilson, Gerald Wilson and Langston Hughes.

Kenny's motion picture credits include The Fabulous Baker Brothers and Dead Ringer. His television credits include Designing Women, This is Your Life, Fantasy Island, 227, and Life After Life.

Mr. Dennis has been assistant director of the LACHSA Lab Band since 1997.

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