In 2003, Kenny took his next step, signing on with Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra–an organization with which fellow Columbus native, 2011 American Pianists Awards winner Aaron Diehl, also performed. This brought opportunities to tour and play for audiences in Peru, Canada and many countries in Europe.
Kenny moved to Atlanta in 2009 to pursue his musical career full time. That same year he joined the Theo Croker Quintet and played gigs at the Peace Hotel, Jay-Z Club, The Cotton Club and for government officials of Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Making his name in Atlanta, Kenny has worked alongside many Grammy-nominated artists including Jennifer Holliday, Dionne Farris, India Arie, Carmen Bradford, Russell Gunn, Jazzmeia Horn, Les Nubians and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest. He has also been featured in multiple film and television productions including “Bessie” alongside Queen Latifah, “Jacob’s Ladder” with Michael Ealy, “Star,” “Married to Medicine” and a Gil Evans documentary for executive producer Terence Blanchard.
Kenny Banks Jr. was a finalist for the 2019 American Pianists Awards at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC.
Showtimes: 7:30pm and 9:30pm Admission: $29.