Kenny Barron -piano
Kiyoshi Kitagawa – bass
Lee Pearson – drums
With his unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms, “Kenny Barron is the leading practitioner of an elegant, economical and sure-footed piano style” (The New York Times), hailed as “the most lyrical piano player of our time” (Jazz Weekly).
Kenny Barron’s recordings have earned him nine Grammy nominations beginning in 1992 with “People Time” an outstanding duet with Stan Getz followed by the Brazilian influenced “Sambao and most recently for “Freefall” in 2002. Other Grammy nominations went to “Spirit Song”, “Night and the City” (a duet recording with Charlie Haden) and “Wanton Spirit” a trio recording with Roy Haynes and Haden. It is important to note that these three recordings each received double-Grammy nominations (for album and solo performance.) His CD, “Canta Brasil” (Universal France) linked Barron with Trio de Paz in a fest of original Brazilian jazz, and was named Critics Choice Top Ten CDs of 2003 by JAZZIZ Magazine. His 2004 release, Images (Universal France) was inspired by a suite originally commissioned by The Wharton Center at Michigan State University and features multi-Grammy nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris. The long awaited trio sequel featuring Ray Drummond and Ben Riley, The Perfect Set, Live At Bradley’s, Part Two (Universal France/Sunnyside) was released October 2005.
Barron consistently wins the jazz critics and readers polls, including Downbeat, Jazz Times and JAZZIZ magazines. 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 and was as a finalist in the prestigious 2001 Jazz Par International Jazz Award.
Whether he is playing solo, trio or quintet, Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition.
“One of the top jazz pianists in the world” (Los Angeles Times).
Pre-show “JazzTalk” with Kenny Barron at 7pm.
Friday November 22, 2013
The Folly Theater
300 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Ticket Office 816.474.4444