21 year-old Kenny Banks Jr. is one of my favorite pianists. I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with him alongside Cedric Easton (drums) and Hamilton Hardin (keys), every Wednesday at Dick’s Den for the past couple months. This next Wednesday, February 10, will be his last regular appearance in Columbus before he leaves town to start fresh in Atlanta.
Those familiar with the Columbus jazz scene will remember the name because Kenny Banks Sr. used to play around Columbus before moving to Atlanta roughly 10 or so years ago. Kenny Banks Jr. shares the soulfulness in the playing of his father, with the boundless energy and guts of youth.
Come on out to wish him good luck and hear this amazing talent one last time in Columbus, at least for a while. We play 9-1.
This video below was shot at Dick’s Den in December, 09, and features Kenny in a piano solo following my violin solo on an arrangement of Paganini’s 24th Caprice for violin.