WBEZ | the awakening http://www.wbez.org/tags/awakening Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago jazz pianist Ken Chaney remembered as one of 'the best' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-12/chicago-jazz-pianist-ken-chaney-remembered-one-best-104553 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6858_ken%20chaney.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Ken Chaney at the piano (courtesy kenchaney.webs.com)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72459281" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://kenchaney.webs.com/">Ken Chaney</a>, a long-standing Chicago jazz musician and educator, died last Wednesday at the age of 73.</p><p>Chaney&#39;s reputation among his fellow musicians is stellar: Everyone praises his musicianship and attitude. &nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Ken Chaney was one of the best musicians I ever worked with. And Chaney was cool,&quot; said drummer Isaac &quot;Red&quot; Holt.</p><p>Holt&nbsp;hired Chaney to play in his group Young-Holt Unlimited in the late 1960s. They had a hit with the song &quot;Soulful Strut.&quot;<br /><br />Chaney was born in Edmonton, Alberta and came to Chicago in the mid-1950s. After leaving Holt&rsquo;s group in the 1970s, he went on to form and lead his own ensembles, including The Awakening. &nbsp;</p><p>Holt said Chaney&#39;s musical talents were all over the map.</p><p>&quot;Later on he was known as a bebop player because he had the bebop brass around him. But Ken Chaney was a versatile piano player. He could play whatever you wanted to play,&quot; Holt said.<br /><br />Pianist Miguel de la Cerna took Chaney&#39;s chair when he left Young-Holt Unlimited. He said Chaney&rsquo;s other great legacy is as a teacher of musicians ranging from countless Chicago music students to vocalist Dee Alexander and current Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;For our town, he&rsquo;s sort of like what Art Blakely became which is almost a school, you know you had to come through Ken Chaney school,&quot; de la Cerna said.</p><p>Chaney also had a rare view of the jazz profession.</p><p>&quot;Ken taught me this was a business. We had to act like businessmen, instead of the traditional musician stereotypes. There was a way you had to dress, a way you had to act. And those lessons were invaluable to me. I don&#39;t know who I&#39;m going to call now to know how to act,&quot; de la Cerna said.<br /><br />Family, friends, and fellow musicians will remember Chaney <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-23/entertainment/ct-ent-1224-ken-chaney-obit-20121223_1_young-musicians-pianist-ken-chaney-jazz-pianist">at a memorial in Hyde Park this Saturday.</a><br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 13:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-12/chicago-jazz-pianist-ken-chaney-remembered-one-best-104553