A solo recital by Kenny Barron is a rare opportunity to witness the unadorned creative process of one of the greatest living pianists — an artist who leads a peerless career as a bandleader, sideman, composer, arranger, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master recipient. Though he is often heard in a trio setting — a format Barron has honed to its highest level of expression — the pianist as soloist creates an entire orchestra from the instrument, as heard brilliantly on his recently re-issued 1982 solo session for Xanadu Records, Kenny Barron At the Piano.
ABOUT KENNY BARRON
Called “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” by The Los Angeles Times, Kenny Barron is an NEA Jazz Master and eleven-time GRAMMY nominee who helped define and extend the jazz tradition since his work with Dizzy Gillespie in the early ‘60s catapulted him into the spotlight. Extensive work with Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, Stan Getz, James Moody and Ron Carter built his peerless reputation as a sideman, and he has recorded nearly 50 albums as a bandleader over his five-decade career. A seven-time recipient of Best Pianst by the Jazz Journalists Association, Barron leads an ironclad trio with bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake, and regularly performs as a soloist and in duet with bassist Dave Holland and violinist Regina Carter. Having taught piano and harmony at Rutgers University for over 25 years, he is currently on the faculty of the Julliard School of Music and was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Berklee College of Music and SUNY Empire State.