Saxophonist and educator Stantawn Kendrick is a native of Thomson, GA. He began showing interest in music at a very young age. Brought up by music from the 70s his father would play throughout the house and being active in the church planted seeds for him to pursue music later in life. He holds a bachelors in music from Valdosta State University and a masters degree from William Paterson University. While attending William Paterson University he met and studied under Clark Terry whom took him as a student with a bright future. Later Clark asked him to join his big band as well as his jazz quintet. Stantawn went on to travel and perform with Clark for the next 5 years. He is the last saxophonist to frequently work and travel with Clark Terry.
He has been grateful to have the opportunity to perform and/or study with Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Eric Reed, Russell Malone, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Don Braden, David Demsey, Marcus Printup, Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as others. He is a saxophone instructor for the Phil Ramone Youth Orchestra. This program, funded by the late Phil Ramone and his family, gives less fortunate children the opportunity to study music with proper instruments at very young ages. He has been a constant church musician, studio musician and educator.
He has recently released his debut album entitled "No Longer Bound". It is a body of work in which each piece is a reflection of hurt, pain, happiness, melancholy, peace and prayer. It represents people who experience these emotions when no one else knows. It expresses the will to break free from the mental chains of low self esteem, doubt, worry, fear and anxiety. It features Eric Reed (piano), Jacob Webb (bass) and Johnathan Blake (drums) with special guests Enoch Smith Jr., Karen Marie, and Angeleisha L. Rodgers.