Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1955, Kirkland was six when he first sat down at a piano keyboard. After years of Catholic schooling, Kirkland enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical piano performance, classical theory and composition. His first professional work came with Polish fusion violinist Michal Urbaniak, touring throughout Europe with
his group in 1977 and recording the albums Urbaniak and Daybreak. Coincidentally, Kirkland's next high-profile gig was with another Eastern European jazz émigré, Miroslav Vitous. Kirkland is featured on Vitous' ECM recordings First Meeting and
Miroslav Vitous Group. later he hook uwth Wynton Marsalis to Branford Marsalis also working on the Tonight Show band. I sat down with Kenny in his home in LA. Hangin out with him and watching him play was magical. H left us to soon. enjoy this interview with a dear friend Kenny kirkland. nterview was one in the Mid 90's
Song in order: 1 Ana Maria "Kenny Kirkland" 2The Dream of the Blue Turtle " Sting" 3
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