Kenny Forsh & the Latin Jazz Quartet Live Performa
Musician Profiles/ Bios Kenny Forsh and The Latin Jazz Quartet Kenny Forsh, saxophones, flute, percussion, vocals Kenny Forsh is a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn. He began his musical explorations in the New York City public school system during his secondary school years. With a prior interest in vocal music and early participation in school choral groups and musical productions, he pursued his interest in instrumental music as a high school student. He was recognized as a deserving recipient of the Duke Ellington Music Scholarship and was afforded the distinct opportunity to study the bassoon with classical bassoonist, Bert Biel, who was a member of the New York City Philharmonic Orchestra at the time. This experience ignited further interest in the other woodwind instruments. Strongly influenced by many of the musicians of the neo-bop period, Kenny pursued further study of jazz improvisation and performance in a variety of New York City music clinics including the Jazzmobile, the Jazz Interactions workshops and the New Muse Community Cultural Center in Brooklyn. Kenny attributes much of his musical development to those invaluable experiences. His musical endeavors were further fueled under the musical direction and guidance of such renowned master musicians as Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman and Sonny Redd. Throughout his musical career, Kenny has performed with groups in public libraries, clubs, organizations, summer concerts and colleges. He has devoted time to provide musical instruction and basic music skills for children in several local Brooklyn elementary after-school programs. He has gained considerable experience from doing freelance and backup work in various local Latin, jazz and pop/contemporary bands. Kenny has performed at Town Hall in the flute choir for Jimmy Heath's Suite of Afro-American Evolution, with the Sam Brown Big Band Experience, The Creative Music Ensemble, The Black Vibrations, Just-Us Productions, Blaze and is the co-leader and saxophonist with the Latin-fusion ensemble, Luis Sanabria and BRIZA. Kenny was recognized among several notable and distinguished musicians on the Brooklyn Jazz Honor Roll at the Seventh Annual African-American Heritage Ceremony honoring the accomplishments of local jazz musicians. Performances have been varied and assorted with numerous venues in the tri-state area including Westchester, New Jersey and Conn. Kenny's performances have included engagements at the Foxwoods Hotel and Casino Resort, the Metronome, SOB's, The Knitting Factory, The Nuyorican Poet's Café, The Bell Atlantic World Festival, Soul Café, St. John's University and the Louis Armstrong House Garden. Kenny recorded with George Guzman and La Familia on their CD project and has recently recorded several tracks with vocalist Arezer II on her new CD release. Kenny was invited to perform with percussionist Eric Frasier's Quintet in the 2nd Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival and subsequently performed at an upscale establishment in Washington,D.C. Kenny is also a member of the Associated Musician's of Greater New York Musician's Union Local 802 AF of M. Kenny Forsh and the Latin Jazz Quartet live in Poughkeepsie, is the recent CD release which is being distributed throughout the US. * Kenny Forsh plays alto saxophone in the Dona Carter (McGee)Charles McGee Big Band which is based out of New York City. The late trumpeter/arranger/composer, Charles McGee, organized a big band prior to his passing which had several compositions and works in progress. Kenny, along with a host of some of New York City's finest musicians, will be performing some of these selections with a 14-piece ensemble in a tribute concert, in honor of Charles McGee, to be held at St. Peter's Church, NYC (54th St.& Lexington Avenue.) on Sunday, March 30th at 7:30pm. Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez, keyboards- an impeccably creative musician and alumni of the Manhattan School of Music, Joaquin has professionally arranged, recorded and played with many notable musicians including the likes of the popular latin group Yambu, Conjunto Classico, Hector Cassonova and Ralphe Asanti just to mention a few. Joaquin's talents cover the gamut from performance, accompaniment and composition. Joaquin has also taught high school instrumental music and music therapy. Clark Campbell, drums- a drummer with diverse talents, he was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York where he currently resides. Clark took an interest in the drums at an early age. Exposed to a religious background in his formative years, he was encouraged by his parents to play drums in the church. He eventually teamed up with his brother Kurt, a gifted pianist, to perform and play music in a variety of musical situations. Clark also played in high school bands and gospel choirs. Clark credits his major musical influences to such great legendary drummers like Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes and Tony Williams. He has performed in many musical venues throughout the metropolitan and tri-state area during his playing career. Comfortable in any musical genre from jazz to R&B and gospel, he has performed with trumpeter Charles McGee and bassist Bob Cunningham. Richie Robles, bass guitar- born in Brooklyn, Richie showed an interest in music and a fascination with the guitar at an early age. He cites Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and the legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery as his primary musical influences. During his teen years he met the renowned musician/guitarist, Bernard Burns, who Richie credits as his major jazz influence. Richie progressed in his musical abilities on electric bass, guitar, percussion and even some vocals. Richie eventually attended Brooklyn College as a music major and Film minor. Living in New York City, he was exposed to many musical genres including latin, reggae, gospel and even 'house music'. Richie has played with many groups including, Rare Touch-- an R&B gospel band-and the reggae band, The Proof International. But it was the latin-jazz ensemble Luis Sanabria and BRIZA that he thoroughly enjoyed playing the electric bass. Richie has performed with BRIZA for over a decade and has maintained positive musical relationships with the musicians especially tres guitarist Luis Sanabria. Richie has done backup work for artist like Johnny Osbourne, Sonny Dreadlock and trumpeter Ray Vega. Richie has had some exceptional musical sessions one in particular with trumpeter Charles McGee. He is also performing in live shows, recording and working with his 'teacher' and friend, Kenny Forsh on his latest CD release. Caught In The Act... The Kenny Forsh Quartet has continued to stay 'in the mix' since the year began. The year actually began with us doing some promotional work around the CD project and continuing to identify venues for performance. Ironically, the first performance of the year was at a location just a couple of blocks north of the infamous 'ground zero' in lower Manhattan. A small spot named Rosie's Tavern provided us with a warm and engaging audience for an exciting evening of music. In April, the quartet headed a few miles north of the city to work several engagements at New Orleans Au Bistro, a trendy club located in downtown Stamford, Conn. This venue provided a warm atmosphere and a lively environment to present the music. As part of a promotional showcase for TRY-A-STAR Booking and Management Inc., the band performed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY. This event showcased several acts under the management company. There were a couple of gigs at private affairs during the spring and the quartet had a sizzling evening at Club Idlewild, NYC. The band performed in conjunction with Canadian House DJ Miguel Gracas to integrate several jazz-fusion selections with house music. It was truly an exhilarating evening. Kenny Forsh Quartet had the pleasure of participating in the 'Summer Series 2002' at The Center for The Arts at St. John's the Baptist Church in Brooklyn. For this gig guest percussionist /composer Teddy Acosta joined the quartet on congas for some energetic latin grooves. The band's performance was in rare form and provided a swinging afternoon of musical explorations. The quartet's CD release also received recognition and a favorable review in Cadence Magazine-The Review of Jazz & Blues: Creative Improvised Music Vol.28 No. 6 -June, 2002. c.2002.