Local trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse has a straightahead, hard-bop approach, but always produces a probing, thoughtful sound—almost like a flugelhorn—that distinguishes him in the U.S. Army Blues, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and his own trios, quartets, and quintets that gig around town. Those pretty notes, to paraphrase Louis Armstrong, go right through you. Rittenhouse is a professor of Jazz Trumpet at George Mason University, and a member of many revered ensembles. Rittenhouse completed his undergraduate degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and has since completed post graduate work at the Eastman School of Music, Duquesne University, and the University of Maryland. Rittenhouse has taught clinics with Jamey Aebersold, and he has played with artists such as James King, Steve Gadd, Ahmad Jamal, and Dr. Bill Taylor.
Kenny Rittenhouse performing “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” w/ Kenny Rittenhouse Septet: