Kenny Barron Trio
June 10 @ 8:00 pm
$26 - $62
“One of the top jazz pianists in the world.” —Los Angeles Times
Before hearing him play a single note, Dizzy Gillespie hired pianist Kenny Barron into his band in 1962 upon the recommendation of tenor saxophonist James Moody, who had praised Barron’s outstanding style. In Gillespie’s quartet, Barron cut his teeth on Latin and Caribbean rhythms that would later mellow into the lyrical improvisation that made him one of jazz’s most influential pianists. Barron was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master and has been nominated for over 15 Grammy Awards. In trio form, Barron’s piano is given space to roam. His elegance leads without demanding attention, establishing rhythm and exploring melodies through expressive enchantment. Barron was honored in 2012 with a DC Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and holds Honorary Doctorates from SUNY Empire State, his alma mater, and from Berklee College of Music.
Kenny Barron, piano / Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass / Johnathan Blake, drums