Kenny Peagler is an internationally acclaimed, multi-genre pianist, composer, singer-songwriter, musical director, and educator. 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..", said the late renowned pianist, Geri Allen. “Kenny on the Yamaha [piano] and his high tones raise the hairs on my arms and the chills run over my back. The song does something experimental, which makes it difficult for the public to keep the attention in front of the stage, but watch the open-mouthed dining rooms. As a conservatory-educated pianist Kenny mixing a N'awlins rhythm with a Ray Charles and even a classical theme, attention is also back in the back of the stage rather than at the bar" says The Blues Alone during a live performance at the North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam.
His music is a mix of lyrical melodies, dense harmonies, fluid technique, and a rhythmic heartbeat that takes listeners on an eclectic and soulful musical excursion. 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 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. Kenny Peagler delivers a sound that is rich in his inspirations while still defining his own voice.
Kenny Peagler's last solo piano album, 100 Years of Strayhorn, celebrated the centennial birthday of the prolific jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. As a sideman, Kenny has played on seven internationally released albums and has composed for countless artists including the sultry ballad "All I Want To Do" featured on the Aaron Myer's album Leo Rising and "He's My Everything," featured on Richard White's album I am of Value. His diversity as a pianist can also be heard on the album Evermore, which featured the band Gemini and numerous notable guests, including renowned trumpeter Sean Jones.
Peagler has performed around the world at a steady pace for many years, as a sideman and as a solo pianist. 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. Kenny 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. Throughout his career, he has performed with countless musical icons.
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. He is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Kenny has an ongoing and active commitment to music education. He continues to give masterclasses at universities all over the world.