One night at the Kitano Hotel, NYC
Kenny Carr is a classically trained guitar player, composer and band leader in New York City, where he has been performing music from his 2018 release, Departure, and his five earlier collections. Carr performs his original jazz, blues, funk and fusion instrumental music with trio, quartet and other ensembles as well as in solo settings. Carr has performed as headliner at NYC clubs such as 55 Bar and The Bitter End and has been featured in the Jazz at Kitano Emerging Artist Series.
Carr studied jazz theory with vibraphonist Rob Lautz and trumpeter Ray Brown in California before moving to Boston where he studied guitar performance and film score at the Berklee College of Music.
By 16, he was performing with fellow Bay Area jazz musicians such as drummers Kenny Wollesen, Jeff Ballard, bassist Anders Swanson and saxophonist Donny McCaslin. In 1981, Carr and company were invited to open for Carmen McRae and Freddie Hubbard at the Mount Tamalpais jazz festival.
In his final year at Berklee, Carr joined the Ray Charles Trio and the Ray Charles Orchestra. Carr toured worldwide with Charles for over 10 years and was lead guitar for the recordings “Just Between Us” and “Live at Montreux”.
Following Charles’ passing, Carr composed and recorded music for five albums including: Friday at Five (2005), Turn the Page (2006), Changing Tide (2007), Idle Talk (2014), and Exit Moon (2015), and performed around the mid-Atlantic region. He has recorded with NY, LA and other musicians to include Donny McCaslin, Kenny Wollesen, Hans Glawischnig, George Laks, Andy Hess, Tony Mason, John Dryden, Tom Baldwin and Frank Russo. In 2018, Carr recorded and released Departure featuring top New York artists Donny McCaslin, Kenny Wollesen and Hans Glawischnig.