Kirk Lightsey

Kirkland "Kirk" Lightsey (b. Feb. 15, 1937, Detroit, Michigan) is an American jazz pianist. Lightsey had piano instruction from age five and studied piano and clarinet through high school. After service in the Army, Lightsey worked in Detroit and California in the 1960s as an accompanist to singers. He also worked with jazz musicians such as Yusef Lateef, Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, and Kenny Burrell. From 1979 to 1983 he toured with Dexter Gordon and was a member of The Leaders in the late 1980s.

Kirk Lightsey Albums (3)

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