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Denver-born trumpeter Kenny Warren has been active in New York’s improvised music scene since 2006. His playing is rooted in jazz and draws heavily from American and international folk music traditions. He has released two LPs with his songwriting outfit Laila and Smitty which ​Bird is the Worm​​ described as “massively genuine and unabashedly heart-on-the-sleeve open and honest”. He also leads The Kenny Warren Quartet which was featured in the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2016) and whose debut album Thank You for Coming to Life is released on Whirlwind Recordings.

Kenny has toured internationally and studied in the Balkans with legendary brass band Slavic Soul Party, whom he joined in 2008. In 2016, SSP released a reimagining of Duke Ellington’s ​’​Far East Suite​’​and has held a weekly residency at Barbès in Brooklyn for over a decade.

Kenny has recorded with the Middle Eastern Maqam-Jazz band Nashaz, played and recorded with indie rock icons like The Walkmen and Spoon, toured with The Budos Band, and was featured on the soundtrack of the highly acclaimed film Beasts of the Southern Wild. He is a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections, and co-curator of the weekly experimental music series A.E. Randolph Presents.

Kenny has ​made a handful of record​ings​ of his own music as a collaborator with ZhirtZ n ZkinZ and NOOK, and is in demand as a sideman in a number of New York music circles. Recent projects include: Ben Stapp’s Zozimos, Brad Shepik’s Balkan Peppers, The Sway Machinery, The Sandra Weiss Quintet, The Myk Freedmans, Big Butter and The Eggmen, Andy Biskin’s 16 tons, The Rob Brown Quartet, Antlers and Capillaries, and duos with Jeremiah Lockwood, Bobby Avey and Tony Malaby.