Kenny Powell is currently teaching applied jazz saxophone at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio where he studied under the watchful eyes of Eugene Marquis and Robert Cavally of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
His primary instruments are the members of the flute, saxophone and clarinet families. He has logged performances with an extensive list of world class entertainers including: George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Sean Jones, Geri Allen, Christian McBride, Lena Horne, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Count Basie Orchestra, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Donald Byrd, Nathan Davis, Jeff Watts, Joe Harris, Doc Severinson, James Moody and many others. In 2003, Kenny won the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Masterclass Competition and won the title again in 2015.
Kenny was also a member of the inaugural Jazz Flute Big Band where he performed with fellow flutists Hubert Laws, Lew Tabackin and Greg Pattillo.
Kenny earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Kentucky State University in 1979. He also holds a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology (1985) and a Doctor of Education degree (2002), both from the University of Pittsburgh.
Education & Training
- EdD, University of Pittsburgh