Detroit Jazz Composer and Pianist Kenn Cox, 68, Dies


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Jazz pianist Kenneth Louis Cox II died of lung cancer on Friday. He was 68. Cox died at his Detroit home, said his wife of 42 years, Barbara Cox.

He was known by some as Kenny, though he preferred Kenn. The Detroit native was a graduate of Cass Technical High School. He went on to study at the Detroit Conservatory of Music and the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts.

Cox was not only a skilled pianist but also played bass, bassoon and trumpet. Through the years, he played with trombonist George Bohannon's quintet and guitarist Wes Montgomery. He was a regular at Detroit's legendary jazz-spot Baker's Keyboard. His albums, such as “Introducing Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet" and “Multidirection," were reissued on the Blue Note label.

Cox is survived by his wife Barbara, son Philip Cox and a stepdaughter, Angela Washington. Services will be held on Dec. 27 at St. Matthew's & St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, 8850 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Societ of the Culturally Concerned, 8285 Morrow Circle, Detroit MI 48204; (313) 834-6511.

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