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Kenny Nightingale Image Credit: Smooth Jazz Magazine
Kenny Nightingale Image Credit: Smooth Jazz Magazine

Kenny Nightingale

Kenny Nightingale is originally from Nigeria, the west side of Africa.

Brandon Foster

He never had to change his full name for immigration purposes. He started playing the saxophone over forty years ago, but he made his recording debut in 2016 and the annual Gospel Choice Awards nominated him for his single, ‘Gospel Got Jazz’. “My father, my current percussionist, was my mentor and tutor in my passion for the sax.” Young Nightingale honed his craft artistically from there while playing at different jazz venues in his native country. He arrived to the United States in 1996, first living in New York City for several months where he met his soulmate. He later relocated to the music capital of Nashville, where he stayed for nine years. He finally settled in Atlanta and reconnected with the woman, who eventually became his wife and mother of five daughters. The Nightingales have been there over fifteen years. He studied digital engineering with the Atlanta Urban League to aid in his music production, but he would have been a drawer or interior designer if he chose a different path.

“When it comes to inspiration, the Creator, nature, and humanity around me are as such respectively. The magic happens randomly and it moves me to set those inspirations to music.” Steve Cole, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, and Victor Wooten are se


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