Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Kenny MacKenzie Album "The New Scene" available at Patreon!

Above is one of seven tracks from the new album that are completed and available for download to subscribers at Patreon. I think some listeners will be pleased at the amount of familiar titles and the fresh approach that mixes piano jazz trio with electronica and a certain space-age lounge vibe. Five more to go as well as subscriber requests like an Elvis tune (already on site) and another popular tune that should be online in a few weeks.

Titles finished so far include "1-2-3", "What Now My Love", "L-O-V-E", "Who Can I Turn To", "Call Me", "With These Hands", "Michelle" and "I Can't Help Falling In Love".

I'm releasing these under the moniker I've used for 10+ years for my electronic releases - Seven Octaves, but as you can hear in the above selection all the tunes are piano-centric and definitely jazz. The whole album should be complete by mid-November, but you can download the tracks as they're finished as a subscriber, and can cancel your subscription at any time. The more subscribers I get - the more radio stations I'll be able to send cds to, and maybe even have hard copies manufactured for patrons! This album will not be made available at Amazon, iTunes, Spotify etc - only at my Patreon page.

Hope you enjoy! Special thanks to the stations & djs who continue to air my previous releases! Hugs to all! - Kenny

Friday, June 23, 2017

New Music & Upcoming Album Alert!

It's been some time since I've released any new jazz music! You may know I record electronic music under the moniker Seven Octaves. Till now I've kept the two distinct and apart. A drummer and friend predicted about ten years ago that one day I'd find my own way to put them together.

Long story short - I'm making a straightforward jazz Seven Octaves album that will prominently feature my piano playing . It will also be all covers! I've decided to entirely remake Sarah Vaughan's 1966 release, a very fine album (featuring a young Bob James) made up of twelve 60's pop & easy listening hits, including "L-O-V-E", "What Now My Love?" "Who Can I Turn To" and the bossa nova selection below.

To cover the cost of production more directly, this will be a subscription-only release; available at Patreon. There are several subscriptions to choose from that start as low as $3 a month, and can be cancelled at any time. This album will not be released on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify or any other public venue. Tracks are released to Patrons as they are completed along with photos & videos. There are also more perks - links to free downloads of previous albums and any other material I record. To learn more about the album, see the track list or sign on to be a part of this project - visit my Patreon page. Thanks for stopping by - hope you dig the music! - Kenny  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

This is the new official KMT website!

It was time for a change, the old site was getting too bulky and I was having to do all the updates by code, so this will be the new official site for Kenny MacKenzie Trio etc... If you are looking for Seven Octaves, that'll take a few weeks longer. I will post the domain name here when it's established.

Thank you for visiting! I'll be updating and adding to this site more often now that I can see what I'm doing! If you want to stay informed, follow this blog.

Warm regards! - Kenny

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Where in the world is...

L-R: John Pellegrino, Ray Guiser, KM, Steve Prince
Photo: Charlie Boyer, Jazz-Blues Florida

Just a brief hello to catch up here on the blog, and to announce some upcoming performances!

"Where Have U Been?" Well, I've been a bit choosey about performances lately, whether or not there's a piano, or at least a crowd that listens, what the parking is like haha. A few highlights from 2014 were the superb Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival (with Barry Smith and the late, great, dear person Don Waldrop), The New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival (in the Ray Guiser Quartet, pictured) and our 2nd Jazz Vespers at St. Cyprians in St. Augustine (with John Pellegrino - bass and Ray Winer - drums). Also hit the new jazz club 727 here in Palm Coast, with delightful Linda Cole as well as the trio. That club has since hit hard times and pared down to duos and lower pay. Keep your fingers crossed!

2014 also saw the release of my 5th album in the electronic genre, under the moniker Seven Octaves. It is by far the jazziest electronic album I've done (and coincidentally, also the best!) If you think you might be interested in that - you can hear a few tracks over on my Soundcloud page; my remake of "Do You Wanna Dance" being the jazziest of the 3 that are currently posted there. Oh yeah - I sing a little on this one...

Coming up in 2015 - the trio has been invited back to this year's Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival; hands down the most professionally run festival I've been a part of. That's the weekend of March 20-22. Not sure which day/time we're doing, yet. Another highlight will be our appearance in the Romanza Festival in St. Augustine. That date is Monday May 11th at 7:00pm.

Yes, a new album is always in the back of my mind. Logistics and affordability are the key issues. I'm a 'where there's a will...' kinda guy as well as a believer in God's great benevolence... when the time is right it will happen. Hopefully soon! Special thanks to the radio stations & djs that continue to include me in their playlists.

Thank you for including me in your life's soundtrack. Happy New Year! - Kenny

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Just a quick post on my activities, since there's been no post since May. Apologies for being a poor blogger!

I've definitely enjoyed the hiatus from gigs this year, although I have done a few, including the New Smyrna Jazz Festival last week in the Ray Guiser Quartet. There are a few more in November, listed on the home page. I continue to play in a band called the Blue Notes every Wednesday for a dance down here - a lot of fun with excellent song selections; and we are by far the jazziest dance band down here. ;)

Radio show is going great!! (WFCF 88.5 St. Augustine) Again - too much fun! I love being exposed to artists I've overlooked as well as new jazz. It's all pretty vast, and a bit overwhelming, but I absorb what I can; dj-ing is a blast; and I love the various contact from listeners who can hardly contain themselves, sometimes. Jazz inspires!

The podcast has taken a break after 27 episodes, but I think we're coming back in November. Lots of work, but I'm happy with the results.

Once a month I'm releasing an electronic number (as Seven Octaves) for the rest of this year, free to download. Some of them will make it onto a new full-length. You can hear them easily on the Seven Octaves home page.

And finally, if you missed it, the trio put out "Rekeb" earlier this summer! You can hear/buy it on the updated home page, and there are new live selections on the Listen page, featuring Ray Parker on bass and Matt Kane on drums. New jazz works will be forthcoming, as the opportunities arise. Thank you for your support and for stopping by! - Kenny

Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Single!

In a short while I'll be releasing a new jazz single. It's a track I was saving for the next album, and felt now was a good time. Just got the master back today, and now dealing with the old artwork problem... I've found a drawing I love - waiting for word from the artist. Thinking about maybe doing a Kickstarter thing for the next cd. We'll see what happens! - Kenny

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Site spritz-up and the low-down...

KMT live in Jacksonville August 2012

Hello! Hope you are all doing well & have survived Sandy, Nemo, Q & all the other rascals that've torn through lately! I've been a neglectful blogger, for sure. I'm on a bit of a performing hiatus, as well, taking gigs here and there, but not really doing the trio thing just now. We'll see what Spring/Summer have in store!

Meanwhile - I've a bus-load of mov & wav files to sort through and make somethin' out of. While poking through them today, I found an odd gig at Jazzland where only the first 3 songs were recorded - so I mastered them & they are up on the listen page.

In addition - the home page has been tidied up some, and since I'm "on vacation", there's a list of a bunch of the social networks where you can find me, if you so choose. I'm not often on Pinterest or Last Fm, but they're up there anyway - you never know. I'm always on Facebook - if you friend me, maybe message and introduce yourself - "Hi I like your band" or "Hey wassup - I stalk jazz musicians..." - whatever!

Just trying to keep it fun! Thanks for stopping by - Kenny