On October 9th, we celebrate the birthday of legendary jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Garrett is known for his passionate playing, his innovative compositions, and his collaborations with some of the biggest names in jazz history.
A developmental period in Garrett’s career began in 1978 when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Garrett was only 18 years old at the time, but he quickly impressed Ellington with his musical talent and maturity. Garrett spent two years with the Ellington Orchestra, playing on several albums and touring extensively.
In 1981, Garrett joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The Jazz Messengers were one of the most prestigious jazz ensembles in the world at the time, and Blakey was known for his demanding standards and his willingness to give young musicians a chance. Garrett spent five years with the Jazz Messengers, and he became one of the leading members of the band during that time.
In 1986, Garrett left the Jazz Messengers to join Miles Davis’ band. Davis was one of the most innovative and influential jazz musicians of all time, and Garrett was thrilled to have the opportunity to play with him. Garrett spent three years with Davis’ band, and he played on several albums during that time, including Amandla (1989).
Garrett’s time with Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, and Miles Davis was a seminal period in his career. He learned from three of the greatest musicians in jazz history, and he played with some of the most talented musicians in the world. Garrett’s experience with these three bands helped to shape him into the world-renowned musician that he is today.
On Garrett’s birthday, let’s take a moment to appreciate his contributions to jazz music. He is a true legend, and his music continues to inspire and entertain people all over the world.