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Joe Kennedy, Jr.


Although recipient of classical training, violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr. is most beneficial known for his function in jazz, carrying out together with his cousin, the saxophonist Benny Carter, in addition to pianists Hank Jones and George Shearing. Kennedy was created in Pittsburgh in 1923, and his youth close friends included another potential jazz great, pianist Ahmad Jamal. Motivated by traditional violin grandmaster Yehudi Menuhin, Kennedy continued to perform using the Camp Lee Symphony Orchestra in Petersburg, VA, during Globe Battle II, but after his Military tenure finished he came back to Pittsburgh, signing up for Jamal, guitarist Ray Crawford, and bassist Edgar Willis within the jazz combo the Four Strings. Their Mary Lou Williams-produced debut, Tendencies, appeared for the Disk label in 1949, with Down Defeat dubbing Kennedy’s function “the cleanest violin we’ve have you ever heard.” After learning used music at Carnegie Mellon, Kennedy shifted to Virginia Condition College, earning an employee teaching position using the Richmond open public school program. He continued to be a Richmond educator for 32 years within the capacities of instrumental music expert, supervisor of music, and finally supervisor of supplementary arts and humanities — among his learners was the near future golf great Arthur Ashe. In 1962 Kennedy documented what would stay his singular jazz date being a head for near 2 decades: the Crimson Anchor discharge Strings by Candlelight, which highlighted efforts from Hank Jones, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and bassist Milt Hinton. The next season he was the very first African-American musician accepted towards the Richmond Symphony, staying resident violinist for another 18 years; throughout that period he also documented with Jamal, toured simply because a member from the Benny Carter All-Stars, and constructed a small number of first tracks, including “BE CERTAIN,” “Tempo,” and “Opticas.” After reuniting with Jones and recruiting bassist Main Holley and drummer Oliver Jackson, Kennedy once again assumed a command function for 1980’s Magnifique!, released via the French Dark and Blue label. (The periods had been reissued in 2002 beneath the name Falling deeply in love with Like.) Kennedy retired as Teacher Emeritus of Music from Virginia Technology in 1995; he passed away Apr 17, 2004, in Richmond.

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Full Name Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
Died August 12, 1944, Blythburgh, United Kingdom
Profession Aircraft pilot, Soldier
Education Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Choate Rosemary Hall, London School of Economics and Political Science
Nationality American
Parents Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Rose Kennedy
Siblings John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Rosemary Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Kathleen Cavendish
Music Songs Año Nuevo Sin Ti, I'll Just Keep On Dreaming, No Me Imagino Sin Ti, Für Elise, Wiegenlied, Falling In Love With Love, Liebestraum, There's a Small Hotel, Moonlight Concerto, Ella Priva en Santa, Our Dreams Come True, That´s My Girl, Barcarole, Velvet, Crying Int He Chapel, Mirandola, Lulu's Back in Town, Piano Concerto No. 1, Jealous Heart, Largo, The Major, Rosetta, So True, Aquellos Ojos Verdes, El Cumbanchero, Ma! She's Making Eyes at Me, Fit Like A Glove, Day In, Day Out, Lover, Mal de Amor, Destined To Roam, I Wish I Where in Love Again
Albums Strings By Candlelight, Film Hits, Falling In Love With Love (Nice, France 1980) [feat. Hank Jones, Major Holley, Oliver Jackson] [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions], Classic Trumpet, Latin Hits, Flashback to 50´s, Immortal Trumpet, Accentuate the Positive, Magical Strings, No Turning Back, Éxitos de Hispanoámerica, El Bohemio, Joe Kennedy & His Orchestra

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1 He was killed on August 12, 1944 while flying a secret mission to knock out Hitler's V1 Rockets. His plane, weighted down with explosives, exploded over the English Channel. The reasons why the plane exploded remain a mystery.
2 Brother of John, Robert, Edward, Rosemary and Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy.
3 Eldest son of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
4 Joe was always expected to have been the Kennedy that would become President of the United States. After his tragic death, the mantle fell to his brother John who did become President in 1960.
5 He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and the Air Medal for heroism.

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How to Win the US Presidency 2016 Documentary Himself
American Experience 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Brother
The Lost Kennedy Home Movies 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Kennedys' Home Movies 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kennedys: The Curse of Power 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself

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