Kenny Barron (born June 9, 1943 in Philadelphia) is an American jazz pianist. Known for his lyrical style of playing, Barron has appeared on hundreds of recordings as both leader and sideman and is consequently considered one of the most important and influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era.
Kenny Barron is the younger brother of tenor saxophonist Bill Barron (1927-1989). One of his first gigs was as pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie quartet. Barron was briefly a member of the Jazztet around 1962, but did not record with them.
He graduated in 1978 with a BA in Arts from Empire State College (Metropolitan Center, New York City).
He also co-led the groups Sphere and the Classical Jazz Quartet.
Between 1987 and 1991, Barron recorded several albums with Stan Getz, most notably Bossas & Ballads - The Lost Sessions, Serenity, Anniversary and People Time, a 2-CD set.
He has been nominated nine times for Grammy Awards and for the American Jazz Hall of Fame. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
For over 25 years, Barron taught piano and keyboard harmony at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He now teaches at the Juilliard School of Music. His piano students have included Earl MacDonald,Harry Pickens, and Aaron Parks.