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Kenny McCabe is an original and compelling saxophonist and composer currently working in both Philadelphia, PA and New York’s greater Capital Region.
Kenny first began listening to jazz at an early age when his father introduced him to jazz greats such as Johnny Griffin, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Sal Nistico, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis, and others. At age 10, he picked up the saxophone and immediately felt an attraction to it. In high school Kenny’s love for the music grew quickly, and he began his professional career at age 16, playing with his own quartet around New York’s greater Capital Region.
In high school, Kenny continued to grow as a musician while learning from some of the most prominent jazz musicians in New York’s Capital Region, including Mark Vinci, Brian Patneaude, Keith Pray, Mark Beaubriand, Lee Russo, and others. Meanwhile, Kenny was selected as lead alto for the New York All-State Jazz Ensemble, and was awarded multiple talent scholarships to attend the Saint Rose Summer Jazz Program, Ithaca College Summer Music Academy, and most notably the Skidmore Jazz Institute where he had the opportunity to work with many world-renowned musicians including Curtis Fuller, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Johnathan Blake, Bobby Shew, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, and Dennis Mackrel.
Since then, he has appeared on stage with a number of distinguished jazz artists, including Todd Coolman, Dick Oatts, Mark Vinci, Eric Marienthal, John Fedchock, Dennis DiBlasio, Nick Marchione, Scott Wendholt, Joanna Pascale, and others. Kenny has also performed at several notable venues such as Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Empire State Plaza, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Racetrack, Canfield Casino, & Chris’ Jazz Café.
Kenny currently attends Temple University in Philadelphia under the tutelage of GRAMMY-winning saxophonist/composer Dick Oatts, and has the opportunity to learn from many of today’s foremost jazz musicians including Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, John Swana, Ben Schachter, David Wong, Byron Landham, and Nick Marchione. Recently, Kenny was selected as one of 9 students from 5 countries to participate in the Hudson Jazz Workshop in Hudson, NY where he had the opportunity to learn from and perform with Claudio Roditi, Armen Donelian, and Marc Mommaas.
Today, Kenny continues to perform both around Philadelphia and New York’s Capital Region with local bands that span numerous genres including jazz, pop, rock, funk, R&B, and soul.