- Washington, DC
- Jazz Pianist
- Travels nationwide
- $200 and up
Kenny Peagler is an accomplished, virtuoso pianist with fluency in all genres of music including: Jazz, classical, Broadway, pop, top 40, and blues, among others. A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory, Kenny has performed all over the world for some of the biggest names in music and at some of the best venues in the world.
An experienced solo and ensemble musician for various events including, but not limited to: weddings, cocktail events, hotels, restaurants, corporate, dinner parties, etcetera. Venue experience ranges from small intimate gatherings at private homes to high capacity performing arts centers.
Kenny is talented, friendly and professional. He was a real pleasure.
Ken's energy and enthusiasm can only be matched by his piano skills. Our New Years party was a hit thanks to Kens entertainment.
What to Expect
If a client hired me, they would get an amazing pianist that's well versed in music from all genres that has the ability to connect with a diverse audience.
Kenny Peagler’s musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost a pianist and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for blending various genres and connecting with other musicians and the audience on a deeper level which informs everything he plays. As pianist, recording artist, and composer, Peagler’s music is a mix of lyrical melodies, dense harmonies, fluid technique, and a rhythmic heartbeat that will take any listener on an eclectic and soulful musical excursion. He delivers a sound that is rich in his inspirations while still defining his own voice. His artistic arsenal spans the spectrum of genres including jazz, classical, popular, rhythm and blues, and gospel with a raw and honest approach that delivers musical integrity filled with rich emotions. “He brings a wonderful energy and creativity..”, says pianist and educator, Geri Allen. His music has the ability to stir emotions while being harmonically and melodically complex at times. “...the creativity; he never plays a song the same way twice. I was just fascinated; transfixed. I could listen all night long…,” says Bishop Carlton Pearson at a live performance.
In 2015, Peagler released a solo piano album, 100 Years of Strayhorn, which was critically acclaimed and was also featured by the Billy Strayhorn Foundation. As a sideman, Kenny has played on six internationally released albums and has composed for countless artist including the sultry ballad "All I Want To Do" featured on Aaron Myer's Leo Rising album, "He's My Everything" featured on Richard White's I Am of Value recording, and as the arranger and pianist on the Aaron Myer's work, “Leo Rising”. Kenny's diversity as a pianist can also be heard on the album, “Evermore”, which featured the band Gemini and numerous notable guest, including jazz trumpeter, Sean Jones.
As a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kenny experienced childhood in a city with a strong musical heritage, culture, and the origin of numerous influential jazz artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner, Mary Lou Williams, and Billy Strayhorn. Like many pianists, Kenny studied and performed classical works at a young age. As a teenager, he was heavily immersed in classical, jazz, soul, and gospel music. Growing up exposed to such a wide range of genres helped advance his ear for music, develop his harmonic palette, and showed him firsthand the power that music can have in connecting the performer with the audience and the audience with each other.
Peagler has performed around the world at a steady pace for many years, as a sideman and as a solo pianist. He has performed at some of the most notable venues including Carnegie Music Hall, Village Underground, The Blue Note in New York City, North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam, Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy, Oslo Konserthus in Norway, Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh Jazz Festival, and Italy's legendary Umbria Winter Jazz Festival. Peagler performed for President Barack Obama at the NAACP Bicentennial Celebration, held in New York City and appeared as a pianist on the hit Middle Eastern reality television show, Yalla NY. He was the keyboardist for Source Magazine's "Source 360", held in front of an audience of 20,000 at the Barclays Center in New York City with Lil' Kim, Wu-Tang Clan, and Tribe Called Quest. Throughout his career, he has performed with countless musical icons.
Additional Booking Notes
I prefer venues that come equipped with a piano/keyboard but certain exceptions can be made from time to time.
Past Booked Events
|October 14, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|October 07, 2017 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 31, 2016 • 8:30pm - 10:30pm||House Party|
|December 10, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 06, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|