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date: 05 December 2019

Kerr, (Chester) Brooks (Jr.)locked

  • James M. Doran
  •  and Barry Kernfeld


(b New Haven, CT, Dec 26, 1951; d New York, April 28, 2018). Pianist. At the age of nine he made his début at the Playback Club in New Haven, accompanied by Charlie Smith. After moving in 1963 to New York he studied with Sanford Gold and from 1969 to 1973 attached himself to Willie ‘the Lion’ Smith; at the same time he studied theory at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School (1970–72). Kerr became well known as a student and interpreter of the work of Duke Ellington, and from 1972 into the 1980s he played with many of Ellington’s former sidemen, including Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope, and Sonny Greer; he may be seen with them in the video Duke Ellington and Friends, filmed at a seminar at the University of Wisconsin in July 1972. He also recorded the album Prevue...

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