Dave McKenna – 2012

Noted for his incredible technique, the Pawtucket pianist also became known as one of the finest improvisers and all-around players of the post-War jazz era, equally at home as a sideman, accompanist or soloist.

Bursting onto the post-war jazz scene in the late 1940s, Dave McKenna, of Woonsocket, was almost immediately recognized as one of the finest pianists to ever set fingers to keyboard. His amazing technical proficiency served only to raise his art to the highest interpretive levels as a sideman, accompanist and soloist. His left hand alone would have guaranteed him a place in the pantheon of great jazz pianists, but his depth of feeling guaranteed his place as one the greatest improvisers in the history of jazz. Dave McKenna died in 2008.

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