Dave McKenna

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Dave McKenna

David Jr. "Dave" McKenna (born May 30, 1930 in Woonsocket , Rhode Island , † October 18, 2008 in State College , Pennsylvania ) was an American jazz pianist.

Live and act

McKenna learned the piano at the age of 7. He is self-taught in the field of jazz and gained his first experience as a musician under Boots Mussulli (1947), Charlie Ventura (1949) and Woody Herman (1950–51). After a two-year military service from 1953 to 1954, which he spent in Korea , he was again a member of Ventura's band. In the following years he worked with musicians such as Gene Krupa (1956), Stan Getz , Zoot Sims , Al Cohn , Eddie Condon and Bobby Hackett (from 1959), with whose quartet he recorded critically acclaimed records such as Blues With a Kick .

In the 1970s he returned to the international scene with Bob Wilber and Pug Horton . In addition, he also appeared repeatedly as a soloist in the piano bars of Massachusetts , and also in New York's Michael's Pub . In the 1980s he toured with the superband , which included Warren Vaché and Scott Hamilton . McKenna died on October 18, 2008 at the age of 78 from complications from lung cancer .

Dave McKenna made numerous albums both as a leader and as a sideman and was to be admired as a pianist in outstanding small ensembles and as a soloist. He was one of the few important jazz musicians who could hardly be heard in Europe - mainly because he didn't want to miss the baseball broadcasts that were omnipresent on US television.

His style of "three-handed swing" was defining the style, in which he counterpointed a rhythmically strong bass line of chords with the left thumb, thumb and forefinger of the right hand, which was played around by a melody line of the remaining fingers of the right hand.

Discographic notes

  • The Piano Scene of Dave McKenna with Johnny Drew , Osie Johnson , 1958
  • The Dave McKenna Quartet ( Chiaroscuro , 1974) with Zoot Sims , Major Holley , Ray Mosca dm
  • One Bass Hit (Concord, 1979) with Scott Hamilton , Jake Hanna
  • Left Handed Compliment (Concord, 1979)
  • Giant Strides (Concord, 1979)
  • Solo piano (Chiaroscuro, 1979)
  • Dancing in the Dark (Concord, 1985)
  • Major League (Concord 1986) with Scott Hamilton and Jake Hanna
  • Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 2 (Concord, 1989)
  • A Handful of Stars (Concord, 1992)
  • An Intimate Evening With Dave McKenna (Arbors, 2002)
  • In Madison (Arbors, ed. 2018)

Lexigraphic entry

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The New York Times : Dave McKenna, Pianist Known for Solo Jazz Work, Dies at 78 , October 20, 2008.

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