Kenny Rampton



Kenny Rampton joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2010. In addition to performing in the JLCO, Rampton leads his own projects. He released his debut leader record Moon Over Babylon in 2013. Rampton also serves as the trumpet voice for the popular PBS TV series Sesame Street.

In the summer of 2010, Rampton performed with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival and was the featured soloist on the Miles Davis/Gil Evans classic version of Porgy and Bess.

Rampton has been a regular member of the Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/ Dynasty, Mingus Epitaph (under the direction of Gunther Schuller), The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Bebo Valdés’ Latin Jazz All-Stars, and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra.

He has toured extensively with the Ray Charles Orchestra, The Jimmy McGriff Quartet, and legendary jazz drummer Panama Francis (and the Savoy Sultans), as well as Jon Hendricks, Lionel Hampton, and Illinois Jacquet. As a side person, Rampton has also performed with Dr. John, Christian McBride, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Charles Earland, Geoff Keezer, and a host of others.

Some of Rampton’s Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Finian’s Rainbow, The Wiz, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Young Frankenstein, and The Color Purple.


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