Infobox musical artist
Name = Kenny Davern
Img_capt = Kenny Davern in 1992
Img_size = 150
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = John Kenneth Davern
Born = Birth date|1935|1|7
Died = death date and age|2006|12|12|1935|1|7
Origin = flagicon|USA
Huntington, New York, USA
Clarinet Soprano saxophone
Arbors Records Chiaroscuro Records Jazzology
Jack Teagarden Joe Temperley Bucky Pizzarelli Ken Peplowski
Kenny Davern (
January 7, 1935— December 12, 2006), born John Kenneth Davern, was one of the premier jazz clarinetists of his generation.
He was born in Huntington,
Long Islandto a family of mixed Jewish and Irish-Catholic ancestry. [ [http://jazzplus.gmn.com/artists/artist.asp?id=2445&bio=true GMN.com - Jazz Artist - Kenny Davern ] ] His mother’s family originally came from Vienna, Austria, where his great-grandfather Alfred Roth had been a colonelin the Austro-Hungarian cavalry, the highest rank accessible to a Jew in the HabsburgImperial army.
Pee Wee Russellthe first time, he was convinced that he wanted to be a jazz musician, too; and at the age of 16 he joined the musician's union, first as a baritone saxophoneplayer. In 1954 he joined Jack Teagarden's Band, and after only a few days with the band he made his first jazz recordings. Later on, he worked with bands lead by Phil Napoleonand Pee Wee Erwinbefore joining the Dukes of Dixielandin 1962. The late 1960s found him free-lancing with, among others, Red Allen, Ralph Sutton, Yank Lawsonand his life-long friend Dick Wellstood.
At this time, he had also taken up the
soprano saxophone, and when a spontaneous coupling with fellow reedman Bob Wilberat Dick Gibson's Colorado Jazz Party turned out be a huge success, one of the most important jazz groups of the 1970s, Soprano Summit, was born. Co-led by Wilber and Davern, both switching between the clarinetand various saxophones, during the next five years Soprano Summit enjoyed a very successful string of record dates and concerts. When the group disbanded in 1979, Davern devoted himself to solely playing clarinet, preferring trio formats with pianoand drums. His collaboration with Bob Wilber was revived in 1991, the new group being called Summit Reunion. Leading his own quartets since the 1990s, Davern has preferred the guitarto the pianoin his rhythm section, employing guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Aldenand James Chirillo.
In 1997, he was inducted into the Jazz
Hall of Fameat Rutgers University, and in 2001 he received an honorary doctorate of music at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. In addition to the jazz greats that inspired him, Kenny Davern indicates classical clarinetist David Weber, principal solo clarinetist with the New York City BalletOrchestra, as his most important teacher.
Although playing mainly in
traditional jazzand swing settings, his musical interests encompass a much broader range of styles. In 1978 he collaborated with avantgarde players Steve Lacy, Steve Swallowand Paul Motianon a free jazz-inspired album appropriately entitled "Unexpected". In addition to his accomplishments in jazz, his ardour and knowledge of classical music is encyclopaedic, particularly of the work of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.
Especially since he has been concentrating on exclusively playing the
clarinet, Kenny Davern has been calling his own an unmatched mastery of the instrument. A full, rounded tone, especially "woody" in the lower chalumeauregister, combined with highly personal tone inflections and the ability to hit notes far above the conventional range of the clarinet, have made his sound immediately recognizable. In the late 1980s, the New York Timeshailed him as "the finest jazz clarinetist playing today". Kenny died of a heart attack at his Sandia Park, New Mexicohome.
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