He’s known as one of the world’s premier soulful shout jazz trombonists and the original recording artist of shout band music internationally. His instrumentation includes the sousaphone, bass horn, trombone, baritone, drums, trumpet and the piano.
Meet Kenny Carr, native of Charlotte, North Carolina, who’s been described as soulful jazz’s best kept diamond. Quotes about Kenny Carr:
"Today's trombonist cannot fail to appreciate the remarkable ability of Kenny Carr to move beyond technique immediately to the heart. Listen to how Kenny turns a single note into a flaming flower of expression and how the ensemble moves as one to push, prod and react to all that is going on. It is truly unforgettable." Douglas Yeo, Bass Trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra
"While I had previously listened to all of Kenny Carr and the Tigers' recordings, I was unprepared for their performance at the 2002 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Their playing was outright astonishing, and I was stunned by Kenny's virtuosity and inventiveness. I could follow the band's chord progression but I never knew where Kenny's melodic flights were taking him. And then, just like magic, there he was within a chord with the row trombones. His creative ornamentation with this unique shout band genre reminded me of Louie Armstrong's melodic innovation in jazz. At times, I think the recordings do Kenny do disservice. Their presentation, side-by-side, playing to the Lord, is a sight to behold! To really experience kenny and his group is to hear AND to see them. After all these years of hearing about Kenny Carr and his group, I finally was able to experience them-what a joy!!" Stewart Carter, Professor of Musicology and Trombone, Wake Forest University; Editor of the Historic Brass Journal, former editor of Historical Performance
His music adventure began at the early age of 6, when he began playing the trumpet in the church band. Pursuing other instruments – the drums, baritone, bass horn, and the piano, he never ceased to amaze the audience. Later, Kenny decided to work professionally as a shout soulful brass trombonist, which led him and his group, The Tigers, to become known as a bona fide fresh sound in the music world.
His “Sound the Alarm” album (2003) received acclaim throughout the brass industry and allowed him to tour internationally. As Executive Producer of his recent release “The Sealer Breakers”(2011), he has shown that his talents in musical arrangement and composing are unlimited.
Throughout his career he’s shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest musicians, Ramsey Lewis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jonathan Butler, Al Green, Vickie Winans, John P. Kee and Gladys Knight.
Kenny’s music continues to excite the international news and press; he was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Brass Journal of News of Switzerland, ITEC International Brass Journal of Budapest, Hungary, and BET.
Stay tuned for Kenny’s New Cd titled Amazing Love, scheduled to be released fall 2012.