Thursday, July 18, 2013
Dr. Kenneth Love aka Kenny Love (http://www.kennylovejazz.com) and his nine-member jazz ensemble is preparing to embark on a special international themed variety musical event tour that will present multiple entertaining elements within it, as opposed to simply presenting a music concert. As such, its representative music company, ABANA Music in association with The KEL Group record label and 1 Way Public Relations, is seeking a variety of retail sponsors who may be interested in partnering with the ensemble’s joint organization for promoting and publicizing their retail business, products or services.
Dr. Love has worn many proverbial hats in the music industry, from his 20 years as an international radio/video promoter and media publicist to his 30-plus years as a composer, lyricist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. His foray into the world of music began at the age of 4 when, as he recalls, “A miniature trumpet was casually removed from my grasp (and lips) during preparation for a March of Dimes parade as a result of my having failed to cause it to transmit sound, although I was huffing and puffing quite professionally.”
This would later become the first instrument for which he received formal training and ultimately mastered.
A native of Texas, Dr. Love received musical training from 1970-1976 while in elementary, junior high and high school, eventually adding the bass guitar, strings, piano and an extensive study of music composition to his repertoire. He also spent several years at Prairie View A&M University in Texas as a Music Education Major. At the completion of his sophomore year, he joined and spent four years in the U.S. Army, after which time he officially became a professional recording artist in 1982. He later went on to both complete and maximize his college education.
Dr. Love performed with several bands in Texas and Germany over the years, including The Lights of Soul (1976), Instant Function (1976-1978), Just Us & Duane (1982), High Rise (1984-1985), Nightwynd (1987) and The Wall of Jazz (2009). In 1984, he was signed by the notable major label R&B producer Aubrey “Skip” Gravatt, after Gravatt, also credited with having discovered disco queen Evelyn Champagne King, heard one of Kenny’s studio recordings. The major label deal never materialized, however, due to Gravatt’s untimely death. He, subsequently, released several independent single recordings that received both international radio airplay and print media coverage.
He began his career as a radio/video promoter and media publicist in 1991 after having successfully marketed, promoted and publicized his first commercially released recording independently that year. He formally retired in 2010 to return to his first loves of music composition and music production. Until 2011, he had released no albums as a solo artist, but did release three R&B/Dance singles as a solo artist, titled All Of My Love, and Just Want To Dance (With You) in 1991 and Vampire Love in 2003.
The multi-talented, multifaceted entertainer admits that he enjoys composing, recording and producing equally because each contains its own unique and separate element and experience. His choice of music for his own listening pleasure is jazz, and he describes his personal genre as Jazz/World Hybrid stating, “My sound was developed after I discovered the amazing ‘coloring’ that can be affected and executed via inverted 7th, 9th and 11th chords within a musical composition.”
Dr. Love’s musical influences include such jazz luminaries as The Crusaders, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock, Lenny White, and the late Dr. Donald Byrd. For more information or details, please visit Dr. Love’s website at http://www.kennylovejazz.com