Kirk Lightsey

Kirk Lightsey

born on 15/2/1937 in Detroit, MI, United States

Kirk Lightsey

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Kirkland "Kirk" Lightsey (born February 15, 1937, Detroit, Michigan) is an American jazz pianist.


Lightsey had piano instruction from the age of 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. During the 1980s he led several sessions of his own, including duets with pianist Harold Danko. In the 1980s and since he has worked with Jimmy Raney, Clifford Jordan, Woody Shaw, David Murray, Joe Lee Wilson, the late, great, Irish guitarist Louis Stewart, Adam Taubitz, Harold Land and Gregory Porter.

He is also an accomplished flautist and occasionally doubles on flute in live performances. He has been living in Paris since 2000.


As leader

  • Habiba with Rudolph Johnson (Gallo, 1974)
  • Lightsey 1 (Sunnyside, 1982)
  • Lightsey 2 (Sunnyside, 1982)
  • Isotope (Criss Cross, 1983)
  • Shorter by Two with Harold Danko (Sunnyside, 1983)
  • Everything Happens to Me (Timeless, 1983)
  • Lightsey Live (Sunnyside, 1985)
  • First Affairs (Limetree, 1986)
  • Everything Is Changed (Sunnyside, 1986)
  • Kirk 'n' Marcus (Criss Cross, 1986)
  • From Kirk to Nat (Criss Cross, 1990)
  • Goodbye Mr. Evans (Evidence, 1994)
  • The Nights of Bradley's (Sunnyside, 2004)
  • Estate (Itinera, 2007)

As sideman

With Chet Baker

  • Smokin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Groovin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Comin' On with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Cool Burnin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Boppin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)

With Kenny Burrell

With Agostino Di Giorgio

  • The Path (Fonò, 2001)

With Ricky Ford

  • Shorter Ideas (Muse, 1984)
  • Looking Ahead (Muse. 1986)
  • Saxotic Stomp (Muse, 1987)

With Sonny Fortune

  • Four in One (Blue Note, 1994)

With Clifford Jordan

  • Two Tenor Winner (Criss Cross, 1984)

With Louis Hayes

  • The Super Quartet (Timeless, 1994)

With Blue Mitchell and Harold Land

With David "Fathead" Newman

  • Heads Up (Atlantic, 1987)
  • Fire! Live at the Village Vanguard (Atlantic, 1989)

With The Leaders

  • Mudfoot (Black Hawk, 1986)
  • Out Here Like This (Black Saint, 1987)
  • Unforeseen Blessings (Black Saint, 1988)
  • Heaven Dance (Sunnyside, 1988)

With Jimmy Raney

  • The Master (Criss Cross, 1983)

With Rufus Reid

  • Perpetual Stroll (Theresa, 1980)

With Roots

  • Saying Something (1995)
  • For Bird & Diz (In+Out, 1996)

With Saheb Sarbib

  • It Couldn't Happen Without You (Soul Note)

With Woody Shaw

  • Imagination (Muse, 1987)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Pow! (Prestige, 1965)


  • Kirk Lightsey at Allmusic
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