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REFLECTION, NO. 5: IMMERSION 

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ABOUTJOE

Joe Kenney -- a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.M. in piano performance (2013) -- is a recording artist, songwriter, and pianist from Philadelphia. The music on Kenney's four albums and various collaborations span multiple genres, and are reflective of a cohesive blending of classical music theory, jazz fusion, rock, soul, and hip-hop idioms. Joe has garnered praise for both his original compositions and cover arrangements.

His debut album, Afflictions and Remedies (2015), a solo piano album, received local airplay and was also praised as a "painting of a piano at work" by Meredith Hairston, who put the album in rotation at WJSU in Jackson, MS.

 

In early 2016, Kenney went to work on an album of jazz and classical inspired arrangements of alternative rock and top 40 hits. Released in February 2016, the sophomore album 1.5 was recognized on broadcast radio 104.5 Philadelphia and featured on iHeartRadio. DJ Wendy Rollins characterized Joe's cover of the Twenty One Pilots song Stressed Out as "perfection" and went on to applaud him for "re-imagining songs in a completely different format."

Following the success of the first two solo piano albums, Joe expanded into different formats, working with a full band and honing in on a jazz fusion sound, while retaining the classically informed harmonies from his first two albums. An EP of three singles would be released in 2017, which would be the foundation and inspiration for the forthcoming 2020 album.

 

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 two full group instrumental tracks and two vocal arrangements, while the second half of the album features solo piano re-imaginings of four others.

In August 2018, Joe made waves with his debut orchestral performance with the Chester County Pops, where Kenney's arrangement of his own original work Zera was premiered, alongside a performance of Chopin's Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante.

In 2019, Kenney started his biggest undertaking to date: the recording and unveiling of his fourth album, which features six highly decorated vocal artists from the Philadelphia area, on a ten-track original album that has music geared towards markets that cross multiple musical styles. The first single, Another Side (Ft. Joy Ike), released on May 8th, 2020, and was premiered by Neon Music (UK) with a glowing review.  It was also featured on The Key/WXPN and selected as the Philly Local pick by highly popular radio personality Helen Leicht. The next two releases, All's Not Lost (Ft. Laura Lizcano) and Gone (Ft Aaron Parnell Brown) were also met with spectacular reviews.

 

On October 23rd, the full album, Forth, was released to all platforms. It won a Bronze Medal in the Global Music Awards and has been featured on over 85 Radio Stations in U.S. and Canada. After pushing the tour in support of the album back due to the pandemic, Kenney and his band continued to work on more material and collaborations with new artists for upcoming 2022 releases. Joe also recorded an entire new piano album -- and this soon-to-be 5th studio album is entitled Reflections on Inner Transformation. The music features piano explorations and meditations on points of growth that Kenney sought to both develop in himself as an individual and to capture the spirit  of each in sound with distinct character pieces.. Five singles from the album were released in 2021, and blogs such as Music Dances When You Sleep and MainlyPiano have featured the music and written articles endorsing the currently available tracks. 

A year after the release of Forth -- in October 2021 --  Joe Kenney Band brought to fruition Forth Tour, which saw highly successful concerts in Cleveland, OH; Lousiville, KY; Birmingham, AL; New York, NY; Wayne, PA; and Wilmington, DE. The band came home and delivered on an amazing debut performance at City Winery in Philadelphia, and are looking forward to their continuing weekly residency at Root Down Brewing in their backyard of Phoenixville; 2022 debut shows at SOUTH (Philadelphia); two jazz festivals that are not yet officially announced; and an EP of new collaborations and the release of Kenney's solo piano album.

 

Joe also is working in a few other bands, and his group The Proper Hustlers, front-manned by guitarist/vocalist/and college classmate Ethan Stauffer, has a busy performing schedule of their own.

Forth Tour Takes Joe Kenney Band to Shows/Interview in 7 Cities.

JKB celebrated the release of their award-winning 2020 album with performances in Wilmington, DE; Wayne, PA; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Louisville, KY; and Birmingham, AL; and a radio interview in Jackson, MS. 

 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Joe Kenney Band at SOUTH Restaurant and Jazz Kitchen

Coming off Forth Tour and following a performance at The Loft at City Winery, JKB will perform at SOUTH on Broad in Philadelphia on 1/2 -- the performance will be two sets and feature several guest vocalists! Stay updated on upcoming shows and ticket links here

Fifth Album, Solo Piano Album Entitled Reflections on Inner Transformation, Confirmed for 2022 Release.

Coming off the success of the  2020 release of the  collaborative album Forth and the subsequent supporting tour, Kenney is releasing a  twelve-song collection of solo piano pieces. Reflections on Inner Transformation presents twelve improvisational pieces each inspired by a meditation on a different area of active personal focus.

 

The album has the hallmarks of Kenney's distinctive piano playing and compositional voice, and draws from New Age, Classical, Jazz, and other styles. Singles releases from the upcoming project have already been featured on blogs such as Music Dances When You  Sleep and MainlyPiano, playlisted on many Spotify/Apple Music lists, and aired on Hometown Heroes/Delaware Public Radio.