Kenny Davidsen can currently be seen live at Don’t Tell Mama’s (343 W.46th St.) on Fridays and Saturdays and at Brandy’s Piano Bar (235 E. 84th St.) on Sundays. He is a singer, songwriter, composer, band leader and arranger, vocal arranger, and accompanist.
In February 2009, and with a return engagement in March 2009 at the Metropolitan Room, Kenny was the Musical Director and string arranger for the show “Strings Attached” for the Metro Star Talent Challenge Winner, Anne Steele. Reviews were outstanding for the show, with the New York Times calling Kenny‘s work “handsomely arranged“. On March 9, 2009, he performed for the grand official opening of the new “Don’t Tell Mama” in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman was in attendance. Kenny was covered in Your Neighborhood Newspaper/A Las Vegas Review-Journal Publication in an article called “Fremont East hits high note”. On March 24, 2009, Kenny was seen on KCLV Channel 2 with Nancy Byrne.
On April 26, 2003, Kenny released his first full-length album, “Goodnight, Baby,”. The album received a positive review in BackStage, and in 2004, he was invited to perform “Goodnight, Baby” at the Ritz Carlton in Cannes, France. His music received radio play in Europe with “I’ve Touched Your Life” and “You Don’t Really Love Him” being ranked as top favorites.
Kenny was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 4, he began his musical training studying classical violin and piano with Juilliard music instructors for several years. At age 9, he played violin at Radio City Music Hall for The Magnificent Christmas Spectacular and was shown on WNBC, Friday, November 16, 1984. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School where he played for the school symphonic band, orchestra, chorus, and stage band. He was the musical director for the musicals “Grease” and “Oklahoma”, and for “Sing”. Kenny received the “Frederic Chopin Piano Award” for outstanding ability and achievement as a pianist, as well as for contributions to the school music program. Kenny studied with the Manhattan School of Music in their Jazz Department and went to New York University where he had a double major in Music and Journalism. He was a member of the New York Choral Arts Society, and a staff writer for the Washington Square News Sports at NYU. Kenny also interned at WNYC and belonged to Kappa Beta Alpha Society. He was a member of the National Honor Society, and a recipient of the Founders Day Award (candidates who have distinguished themselves among their fellow students through consistent evidence of outstanding scholarship). He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude with honors in music from New York University.
In 1998, Kenny starting performing as a singer/songwriter in New York City in established venues such as the Sidewalk Café, The C-Note, The Bitter End, Luna Lounge, and The Living Room. In 1999, he released a live album (recorded at the Sidewalk Café) entitled “88 Broken Strings”. In February, 2000, at The Throne Dance Theatre, Kenny was the Musical Director and pianist for the show “Prepare To Meet Your Maker”by Pete Dizozza and is featured on the show’s soundtrack. From 2000-2002, he was the musical director and accompanist for the comedy improvisational group “Funny…Sheesh”, and Sharon Fogarty’s Sci-Fi Anti-Musical, “The Overdevelopment Of Scott” at Dixon Place.
On January 30, 2001, Kenny was the accompanist at Carnegie Hall for the Dwight School Chorus. Later that year, Kenny scored the film “Learned,” which premiered at the Angelika Film Center. In February 27, 2001, at
Baby Jupiter, he was Musical Director and pianist for “The Last Dodo” by Peter Dizozza. He performed in a benefit for 9/11 at the Sidewalk Café, and On August 11, 2003, he was the pianist for the celebration of the 60th
Anniversary of “Casablanca” at the World Café.
Kenny can transpose music into any key on sight, and has perfect pitch.