Kenny Poole 1947 - 2006 Sadly, shortly after the October 2005 release of DUETS, Kenny Poole discovered he was suffering from esophageal cancer. He lost his battle with the disease in May 2006. Kenny was comfortable playing with local musicians as well as musical giants. Whomever he played with, the results were always spectacular - in a quiet sort of Kenny way. For instance, DUETS can be enjoyed as a soft unobtrusive background with dinner and drinks or the impromptu arrangements and the musical give and take between the performers can be dissected and studied. All of Kenny's recordings are like that. Those performers who had the privilege of working with Kenny were always struck by his 'quiet genius' '...Once I got past the sheer intimidation of actually having the privilege to work with him some years ago, it was like cuddling into the comfort of your favorite chair ~ the inimitable warmth of his playing is so profound, and so strong, and so real and he makes it seem easy.............effortless. It is contagious; so therefore he makes YOU better. So unpretentious. So genuine. Just Kenny. Just brilliance!...' Lynn Scott -Cincinnati jazz singer from Ohio Finger style Guitar Club 'Tribute To Kenny' --------------- Excerpted from May 28, 2006 club newsletter Palmer Moore - Organizer Ohio Finger style Guitar Club The international music community has lost one of it's most unpretentious greats. Frank Sinatra sang it best when he crooned, 'I did it my way.' Kenny Poole was blessed with a world class talent of playing - no, more than simply 'playing' - Kenny's genius was the ability to 'arrange' finger style jazz guitar 'on the fly' at complexities even the best trained jazz musicians would find difficult to chart out in a week... Yet, in spite of continual urgings of the music industry powers to take his art to more fertile jazz communities - he chose to stay right in his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio playing his small intimate, yet very fulfilling, gigs to very appreciative audiences. He surely did it 'his way' and we are so glad he did.' --------------- With his passing, the world has lost a musical genius whose likes we will not see again in our lifetimes. And many of us have lost a good friend. --------------- Excerpted from liner notes 'DUETS' KENNY POOLE is "one of the best Jazz guitarists in the country" according to Ed Benson editor of Just Jazz Guitar magazine. Kenny began playing guitar at age 14 after listening to Chet Atkins on the album "Finger Style Guitar". He has been a professional musician since 1966. While Kenny prefers to keep a low profile, he has played with most of the "Jazz guitar elite" at some time or other including Gene Bertoncini, Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Mark Murphy, Barney Kessel, herb Ellis, Jimmy Raney, Mundell Lowe, Tal Farlow, Cal Collins, Joe Pass, Howard Alden, Jimmy Bruno, Jack Wilkins, Mark Elf, and others. Kenny's discography is just as varied and includes several James Brown records... He has appeared on J-Curve's "S'US Four with Cal Collins, "East Meets Midwest" with Gene Bertoncini, and for his late friend and mentor George VanEps, : For George, a Tribute to a Master"...Kenny is also featured on four Stork Music Productions CD's including "It's About Time" with legendary King Records drummer Philip Paul. 'Since the Heydays of Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney, the Tristate has had no lack of classic pop-singers. Ms Antony is one of the newest members of that sorority' Cincinnati Enquirer 2000 Liz Antony has been performing around the Cincinnati area since 1990. She trained with classical soprano, Harriet BeBe at Xavier University. She has sung with many of the Big Bands and several dance and rock bands in Cincinnati. However, her first love is jazz standards. Her Premier CD "Cincinnati Standards" was a reflection of that and featured some of the best Cincinnati club musicians including Kenny Poole. Her second CD "No Moon At All", produced by trumpeter Jerry Conrad featured arrangements written specifically for Liz and Jerry's 18 piece orchestra (and also included an impromptu guitar solo on 'Lullaby of Birdland' by Kenny Poole who stopped by the studio during the session to pick up some equipment). "Puttin' On The Ritz" from this CD was chosen to be part of the sound track of the Insignia Films Documentary "Las Vegas" due to be aired on PBS in the fall of 2005. Liz was awarded a Cincinnati Enquirer Cammy Award as Cincinnati's "Best Jazz Vocalist" in 2000.
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