Kenny Shanker is a saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, and award-winning composer. He grew up in Pleasanton, CA and began playing piano when he was two years old. Bob Bernotas of Just Jazz called him a “talented player and writer to watch very closely.”
Kenny has released three recordings as a leader. He put out his first album, Steppin’ Up, in 2011 for Posi-Tone Records. It was hailed as “immediately enjoyable, with enough twists and turns to reward repeated listening” by Bruce Lindsay of All About Jazz. In 2014, he released Action City, his second album for Posi-Tone. Bop and Jazz called it “ridiculously good” and The Jazz Page called it “an outstanding exposition of the writing chops that won the California native an ASCAP award for composition in recent years.” Kenny released his third recording, The Witching Hour, for Wise Cat Records, which Jazz Weekly called an “impressive foray.”
Kenny has performed with the New World Symphony, Richard Bona, David Benoit, Shelly Berg, Lage Lund, Taylor Eigsti, Bill Mobley, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, R&B singer, Shannon, Martin Fry, Coalescence, and many others. He has also played the national anthem for the Golden State Warriors and the Oakland Raiders and toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Japan. Locally, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club, Smoke, Smalls, Fat Cat, Jazz at Kitano, Queens Jazz Festival, The Garage, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. He currently resides in New York City.