Desert Island Jazz
Kenny Washington (2011)

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Kenny Washington is one of the most remarkable vocalists in the Bay Area—or anywhere else.

Born in New Orleans, Kenny has always had a deep love of music: he grew up singing and performing Gospel music in church, and sang and played saxophone in the school band. He continued at Xavier University, immersing himself in music of all kinds: jazz, classical, R&B, pop.

In 1986, Kenny joined the honorary US Navy Band, touring both nationally and internationally for nine years. When he left the Navy, they dropped him here in the Bay Area, and he stayed.

The San Francisco Chronicle called him "the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene", and Andrew Gilbert wrote in the East Bay Express "He slays them wherever he performs, scats with the harmonic daring of a bebop saxophone, and croons with the simmering soul of Donny Hathaway."
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Quincy Jones Back on the Block Jazz Corner of the World Qwest/Warner Bros
# 2 Donny Hathaway These Songs for You (Live) Superwoman: Where Were You When I Needed You? Atlantic/Rhino
# 3 Luther Vandross This Is Christmas My Favorite Things Epic
# 4 Sarah Vaughan After Hours Great Day Roulette
# 5 Stevie Wonder Innervisions Jesus Children of America Tamla
# 6 Aerosmith Pump The Other Side Geffen
# 7 Earth, Wind and Fire All 'n' All Serpentine Fire Columbia Legacy
# 8 Quincy Jones Back on the Block The Verb to Be Qwest/Warner Bros
# 9 Ella Fitzgerald Ella in Berlin How High the Moon Verve
Book "I'm not a reader"
Luxury Item A stereo
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11 Apr
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Jim Butler
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17 Jan
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10 Oct
Freddy Cole
21 Nov
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01 Aug
Harry Duncan
03 Oct
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03 Jan
Lisa Engelken
26 Sep
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07 Nov
Roger Glenn
05 Dec
Kimberly Gordon
28 Mar
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