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July 25, 2015 7:30 PM
NEA Jazz master Kenny Barron

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July 25, 2015 7:30 PM


Lensic Performing Arts Center


New Mexico Jazz Festival
NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron


New Mexico Jazz Festival presents NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron Trio with Stefon Harris.

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”

Kenny Barron’s own recordings for Verve 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. 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.

Tickets: $20-$50

Special thanks to Thornburg Investment Management for their support of the New Mexico Jazz Festival and other Lensic performances.


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