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    When I visit New York with my wife, we go to Blue Note to listen Count Basie Orchestra and after the recital I talk with the musicians, telling that I too am a profesional saxophonist here in Argentina. They play some of Basies exits, and a guy that plays the solos on the tenor sax impacted me. He was Ken Hing, a nice musician and talking with him, a nice human being. When they finish, my wife take me some photographs with him, and I talk with him about one hour, of all , gigs, music, there and here, and a lot of things. I like very much his sound and technique, and I have a good remember of him.

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    Silvio, you are very fortunate to have met one of the unsung greats of our music. Kenny Hing played tenor in the Basie band for many years, sitting in the section with people like Eric Dixon, Bobby Plater, Danny Turner, Charlie Fowlkes, Jackie Kelso, and Johnny Williams. Kenny was hired by Basie himself to replace the great Jimmy Forrest.

    Kenny has retired, and is living in his hometown, Tigard Oregon.

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    Thank you for the reply sideC. I didn`t know he was retired, and if I had his e-mail I will happy to write him. If he reads this I send my good wishes for him and his family. Silvio

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    Such a great player that I thought I'd dig up a couple of youtube clips for the uninitiated.

    The first one features him and the second features both Mr. Hing and the legendary Basie tenorman Eric Dixon

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeppRiWZSQE


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeVfd...eature=related

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    Thank you very much gold soundz for this excelents videos of the Count and Kenny.

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    Kenny is a great musician. I had the opportunity to play with him while I was in the Basie Band. Needless to say, every performance was a serious lesson from Mr. Hing.

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    Mr jaleelshaw: the year when I hear the band and that I met Mr. Hing was 1999. I remember that was an homage to the singer of the band Mr. Williams. In that time you too play in the band?

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    This is me and Kenneth Hing
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    I met Kenny, AKA "Doc" about 15 years ago when I was subbing in the Basie band (for Doug Miller) on a few gigs. A few months later, my octet was backing up Ann Hampton Callaway for a month long engagement at a NYC nightclub. My regular alto player couldn't make it so I played alto and brought in Kenny on tenor. Our trumpet player, at that time, was Kenny Rampton. Kenny Rampton's dad was an old buddy of Kenny Hing, so Kenny Rampton is actually named after Kenny Hing. The two Kennys had not played together before that time, so that was cool for them.

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    This that you say is very interesting for me. I heard of Doug Miller, but not of Ken Rampton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvio Martin View Post
    Mr jaleelshaw: the year when I hear the band and that I met Mr. Hing was 1999. I remember that was an homage to the singer of the band Mr. Williams. In that time you too play in the band?
    No, I joined in 2001 and played in the band for only a year. It was a great time though...

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    KENNY HING INSIGHTS….

    http://www.timpricejazz.com/articles/kennyhing.html


    There's some interesting stuff Kenny spoke of - on the articles page of my site. Enjoy.
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    The above posted videos of Mr. Hing with the Basie Band are wonderful. Working with those cats every night would be some serious grad school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mascio View Post
    The above posted videos of Mr. Hing with the Basie Band are wonderful. Working with those cats every night would be some serious grad school.
    EXACTLY...Hing should be also a MUST hear for every aspiring tenor player.
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    Tim: I like very much that report to Kenny. If you read my article you know that I talk a lot with him, and ever thing that he spokes is a school for me. Best wishes. Silvio Martin

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    First I ever heard of Kenny Hing and I am ashamed now to admit it. He sounds great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HonkBopSax View Post
    First I ever heard of Kenny Hing and I am ashamed now to admit it. He sounds great.

    HONK- Right here; THE LITTLE KING. 6 BUCKS!!! You will be grooved

    http://www.amazon.com/Little-King-Ke...7225791&sr=1-1

    Honk- a Kenny was with Basie, He is such a beautiful player and has the ROOTS we all love. Know you would love him.

    If the CD is sold out- let me know . I'm a Hing'olgist!! haha....ENJOY.
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    I'm just discovering Kenny Hing after watching some later Count Basie videos on youtube. What a great tenor player. Beautiful tone, feel and lines.
    Did he make any recordings under his own name?

    Here is a nice video of him playing with his Grand Daughter:



    With Basie:








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    When I saw Basie in the early 80s I'm sure Hing was with them... I went right out and got On the Road on red vinyl right after that. One of the first handful of jazz albums that I bought, still like to listen to that one...great live album!
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    Yes, I agree with everything said so far, Kenny Hing is a fantastic tenor player, I always love it when I put a Basie track on and Kenny solos! Brilliant and melodic lines.

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