Hello! My name is Joey Kendrick, and I am a composer. I am also a very cool and interesting guy!
I grew up in Kansas City, then I went to school at Indiana University and William Paterson University. Now I live in New York City, where I participate in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
I’ve studied with a lot of great musicians and composers who helped me become as cool as I am today. In no particular order (except alphabetical), they include Darcy James Argue, David Baker, Cecil Bridgewater, Andy Farber, Alan Ferber, Pat Harbison, Pete McGuinness, Jim McNeely, Kevin Norton, Rich Perry, and Brent Wallarab.
I have composed and arranged pieces of music to feature a lot of really good improvisors (sometimes because they asked me to, sometimes because I wanted to) including Ingrid Jensen, Rich Perry, Jamey Aebersold, and Pat Harbison.
In January 2016, I completed the six-movement Suite for Jazz Ensemble. A lot of people liked it, and I was awarded the BMI Foundation’s 1st Annual David N. Baker Jazz Composition Scholarship.
In 2019, I completed my arrangement of Ingrid Jensen’s composition Leaves and conducted the premiere performances at William Paterson University and Dizzy’s Club in Lincoln Center with the WP Jazz Orchestra and Ingrid herself.
In 2020, I stayed at home during the COVID-19 pandemic just like everyone else.