Expanding his stellar working trio to a quintet with the addition of GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter Mike Rodriguez and Bay Area-raised saxophone great Dayna Stephens, Kenny Barron explores new sonorities and textures in a program of originals and fresh takes on standards, celebrating the release of his new Impulse! album with this band, Concentric Circles. Best known for his work with the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Rodriguez is a young veteran of work with Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, and Chico O’Farrill. Stephens is arguably one of the busiest and most buzzed-about saxophonists in modern jazz, working with Taylor Eigsti, Brad Mehldau, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Billy Hart among others, and leading eight albums.
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.