Truly Free

You are listening to my current CD "Truly Free".

The song playing is the 1st track entitled "New Start"...Enjoy!!

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Kenny Banks - Jazz Pianist

Kenny Banks

...composer, arranger and performer who slips effortlessly among musical styles while retaining his own distinct sound.

This Columbus Ohio native has been studying and playing piano since the age of seven. He first developed his gift through the church, which led him to study music at Central State University. Following graduation, he taught vocal music in the Columbus Public Schools before pursuing his dreams by touring as a clinician, keyboardist, musical director and producer across the United States and other parts of the world. 

Kenny has graced renowned stages like the Jools Holland Television Show in England, Tiny Desk, BET, and the Image Awards. His iconic performances at the inauguration and the United Nations Ceremony for President Barack Obama highlight his impact, resonating across significant venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Philharmonie in Berlin. Noteworthy movie appearances include scenes in Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys," and a collaborative composition, "Hello Love," with recording artist Kathleen Bertrand, featured in the GMC movie "Raising Izzie."

Kenny has engaged with acclaimed artists like Jimmy Heath, Wess Anderson, Earl Klugh, Kathleen Bertrand, Lizz Wright, Rene Marie, Russell Gunn, Pharez Whitted, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Whalum, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Byron Cage, Jennifer Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and even the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra, showcasing just a glimpse of his impressive list of notable musical performances.

Kenny received his Master's degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife (Angelia) and three children (Kenny Jr., Sydney and Sasha).  He serves as accompanist, chorale director and chief musician for The Cascade United Methodist Church.  His recent career milestone involves delving into videography, where he has produced over a hundred virtual choir videos for diverse artists, ensembles and choirs.

Kenny intermittently collaborates with Atlanta's Kathleen Bertrand, gracing distinguished local jazz venues while also complementing the artistry of acclaimed trumpet virtuoso Joe Gransden. Their collective musical brilliance culminates in a harmonious duo album titled "Dichotomy."

Kenny consistently records and captivates audiences worldwide, sharing the stage with international recording artist Lizz Wright. In addition to collaborative efforts, he independently introduces his own projects, such as “Hymns of Comfort" and “Truly Free.”

"Music is designed to heal, for it will soothe the body, relax the mind, and ignite the heart, all while uplifting the spirit."