Meet the Musician
Chief Musician Kenneth H. Carr,
Musical Director, Guitar
|Go Tell it on the Mountain
featuring MU1 Carr from the album
Chief Musician Kenny Carr, raised in Santa Cruz Calif., joined the Navy Band in 1998. He began playing violin at age nine, but at age eleven moved to the guitar. By his early teens, Carr was studying jazz theory with vibraphonist Rob Lautz as well as renowned trumpeter Ray Brown. In 1981, he performed with his group The Jazz Animals as an opening act for Carmen McCrea and Freddie Hubbard at the Mount Tamaulipas Jazz Festival. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and was immediately placed in the top ensembles and recording groups at the school. During his final year in 1986, he auditioned for Ray Charles and toured worldwide with Ray Charles as his guitarist for more than 10 years. Carr is one of the original members of the Cruisers.