Kenny Barron, Piano
Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Double Bass
Johnathan Blake, Drums
NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Kenny Barron is widely regarded as one of the best jazz pianists in the world. Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of the most highly respected pianists of our time.
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More about Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron was born in Philadelphia in 1943 and, while a teenager, started playing professionally with Mel Melvin’s orchestra. While still in high school, Barron worked with drummer Philly Joe Jones and at age 19, he moved to New York City and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody. Upon Moody’s recommendation, Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron, where he developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Buddy Rich, and Yusef Lateef. Encouraged by Lateef to pursue a college education, Barron earned his B.A. in music from Empire State College and joined the faculty at Rutgers University as a professor of music. He mentored many of today’s young talents including David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell.
Following stints with Ron Carter, Kenny formed a trio with Buster Williams and Ben Riley, which also worked alongside Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Harry “Sweets” Edison. Barron has collaborated with Stan Getz, touring with his quartet and recording several albums including the Grammy-nominated People Time. He co-founded the quartet Sphere with Buster Williams, Ben Riley and Charlie Rouse. This band focused on the music of Thelonious Monk.
After a series of successful duo concerts with Dave Holland, the two masters decided to record The Art of Conversation. In 2016, Barron released the long awaited trio album, Book of Intuition, featuring his band mates Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Johnathan Blake.
Barron has earned 11 Grammy nominations throughout his career. He consistently wins the jazz critics and readers polls, including 2016 Downbeat Critics Poll, Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater SUNY Empire State and from Berklee College of Music. Barron was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association.
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Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after this performance.