ABOUTJOE

Joe Kenney is a recording artist and virtuoso keyboardist from Philadelphia. His recordings are distinctly his: a cohesive blending of jazz fusion, rock, and classical idioms. Prolific -- he’s put out three full albums with two forthcoming (all in three years) -- Kenney has garnered praise for both his original compositions and cover arrangements.

 

His debut album, Afflictions and Remedies, a solo piano album, was praised as a "painting of a piano at work" by Meredith Hairston, who put the album in rotation at WJSU in Jackson, MS.

 

Joe's eight-track debut has also received spins on WRTI and WXPN in Philadelphia.

 

 

In early 2016, Kenney showed his versatility by delivering a nine track album of jazz and classical inspired arrangements of alternative rock and top 40 hits. Released in February 2016, "1.5" was recognized on broadcast radio 104.5 Philadelphia several times and featured on the alternative rock station's page on iHeartRadio. DJ Wendy Rollins characterized his Twenty One Pilots cover as "perfection" and went on to praise Joe for "re-imagining songs in a completely different format".

 

 

Expanding into different formats, Kenney got to work on an album with a full band for the first time, honing in on a jazz fusion sound while retaining the classically informed harmonies from his first two albums. The first two singles from the upcoming album were released in November 2016, with the third single, "Zera", put out in May 2017. 

 

 

In March 2018, Kenney released 2.5, his third full studio album in as many years. Showcasing multiple styles and varying instrumentation, 2.5 features distinctively energized reinterpretations of eight alternative rock hits. The first half of the album features funky, bluesy, jazzy, and even classical-inspired full group instrumental and vocal arrangements of four songs, while the second half of the album features virtuoso solo piano re-imaginings of four others.

 

In June 2018, Joe signed on 212° Records with Carter Fox and Michael Tozzi of iJazzGlobal. In August, Joe made waves with his debut orchestral performance with the Chesco Pops, where Kenney's arrangement of his own original work "Zera" was premiered. 

 

Kenney has an active performing schedule as a soloist and with several bands.

Album Four in Progress!

Recording is well underway for Joe's fourth album, his first to be released on 212° records. Joe and band are working with engineer Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios; the group is overwhelmingly excited about how it is turning out. Stay tuned for announcements on the featured vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as release date!

Hotline Bling - Solo Piano Cover - at over 415K Streams on Spotify

From his sophomore album, 1.5 (2016),  Joe Kenney's solo piano cover of Drake's "Hotline Bling", has 415K+  streams  on Spotify. 1.5 debuted as a surprise album in February 2016 -- you can stream it here or buy a physical copy via the website.

Joe Kenney signs with 212 Degrees Records

Joe will put out his 4th studio album with the new label, spearheaded by Michael Tozzi of Radio JJZ and iJazzGlobal and  Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, and entrepreneur Carter Fox.