Trumpeter Kenny Rampton grew up in Las Vegas, and studied music at both the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the Berklee College of Music. In 1989, he moved to New York where he quickly established his reputation as being a versatile musician, touring and performing with a veritable who's who in jazz. Kennys first road gig was a world tour with The Ray Charles Orchestra. After leaving Ray Charles band, Kenny went on the road with legendary jazz drummer Panama Francis and The Savoy Sultans and soon thereafter, with The Jimmy McGriff Quartet. As a sideman, Kenny has also performed with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Chico OFarrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Persip and Supersound, Illinois Jacquet, Dr. John, Edy Martinez, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Reuben Wilson, Charles Earland, Tony Monaco, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Marcus Roberts, Christian McBride, Geoff Keezer, Richard Bona and a host of others.
Most recently, Kenny has been a regular member of The Mingus Big Band, The Mingus Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz' Concert Jazz Band and Bebo Valdez Latin Jazz All-Stars. He can be heard weekly at The Iridium Jazz Club in NYC and at jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. As leader of the Kenny Rampton Sextet, Kenny has performed internationally as well as in many of New York Citys finest jazz clubs.
Rampton has also done quite a bit of commercial work in New York. In addition to subbing in "Chicago: The Musical", "The Producers", "The Drowsy Chaperone", "Spamalot", "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me", "The Wedding Singer", "Hot Feet" and several other shows on Broadway, Kenny can also be heard playing on many R&B, Blues, Pop and Hip Hop recordings. Rampton also toured the U.S. with the pop band Matchbox Twenty. Kenny has also recorded dozens of jingles for such products as Bell Atlantic, Coca Cola, Dos Equis, Pacific Bell, Garden Burger, Popeyes Chicken, Hersheys, Mercedes, Sears, KoolAid, Head and Shoulders, Blistex, BestBuy.Com, Huggies, Pampers, Burger King, Hummer, Red Lobster, AT&T, Verizon, PEDA, Ameritrade, Wheat Thins, Miller Lite, Charles Schwab, Kohls, Arbys, Wendys, Old Spice, Nivea, Stay Free and York Peppermint Patties.