Artists Back

Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron Quintet on tour

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019


Kenny Barron’s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angles Times to name him one of the top jazz pianists in the world and Jazz Weekly to call him The most lyrical piano player of our time.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of many great musicians, including one of the undisputed masters of the jazz piano: Kenny Barron. Kenny was born in 1943 and while a teenager, started playing professionally with Mel Melvin’s orchestra. 

By 1959 Kenny had worked with drummer Philly Joe Jones while still in high school. At age 19, Kenny moved to New York City and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the Five Spot. Upon Moody’s recommendation Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962 without even hearing him play a note. It was in Dizzy’s band where Kenny developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich. The early seventies found Kenny working with Yusef Lateef who Kenny credits as a key influence in his art for improvisation. Encouraged by Lateef, to pursue a college education, Barron balanced touring with studies and earned his B.A. in Music from Empire State College, By 1973 Kenny joined the faculty at Rutgers University as professor of music. He held this tenure until 2000, mentoring many of today’s young talents including David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell. In 1974 Kenny recorded his first album as a leader for the Muse label, entitled Sunset To Dawn. This was to be the first in over 40 recordings (and still counting!) as a leader.

Following stints with Ron Carter in the late seventies, Kenny formed a trio with Buster Williams and Ben Riley which also worked alongside of Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Harry Sweets Edison. Throughout the 80’s Barron collaborated with the great tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, touring with his quartet and recording several legendary albums including Anniversary, Serenity and the Grammy nominated People Time Also during the 80’s, he co-founded the quartet Sphere, along with Buster Williams, Ben Riley and Charlie Rouse. This band focused on the music of Thelonious Monk and original compositions inspired by him. Sphere recorded several outstanding projects for the Polygram label, among them Four For All and Bird Songs. After the death of Charlie Rouse, the band took a 15-year hiatus and reunited, replacing Rouse with alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. This reunion made its debut recording for Verve Records in 1998.

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 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 da 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. 

In 2008 Mr. Barron released his first studio recording in four years with The Traveler (Universal France), an intoxicating mix of favorite Barron tunes set to lyrics and newly penned compositions. In a first for the noted pianist, he is joined by vocalists Grady Tate (who sheds his drumsticks for this special appearance), Tony award winner Ann Hampton Callaway and young Gretchen Parlato, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Competition for Jazz.

2010 saw the release of Minor Blues on Venus records, a trio recording with George Mraz and Ben Riley. His latest CD is Kenny Barron & the Brazilian Knights, published by Universal in 2013.

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 JazzPar 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.

Awards : 

From 1992 to 2002 , his own recordings for Verve have earned him nine Grammy nominations with " People Time " incredible duet with Stan Getz .

- He was also nominated in the release of " Spirit Song ", " Night and the City " ( a duet recorded with Charlie Haden ) and " Wanton Spirit " , recorded with Roy Haynes and Haden trio these three records all received a double nomination for Grammy awards ( for the album and solo performance)

- The CD Canta Brasil (Universal France ) linked Barron with Trio de Paz in a fest of original Brazilian Jazz Critics' Choice and was named the top ten CDs of 2003 Jazziz Magazine .

- In 2005, he was introduced into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award.

- He receives six times the Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists AssociationFrom 1992 to 2002 , his own recordings for Verve have earned him nine Grammy nominations with " People Time " incredible duet with Stan Getz .

- He was also nominated in the release of " Spirit Song ", " Night and the City " ( a duet recorded with Charlie Haden ) and " Wanton Spirit " , recorded with Roy Haynes and Haden trio these three records all received a double nomination for Grammy awards ( for the album and solo performance)

- The CD Canta Brasil (Universal France ) linked Barron with Trio de Paz in a fest of original Brazilian Jazz Critics' Choice and was named the top ten CDs of 2003 Jazziz Magazine .

- In 2005, he was introduced into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award.

-  2015 JJA Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalist Association

• Pianist of the Year (for the seventh time)

• Duo or Trio of the Year, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland

• Record of the Year, The Art of Conversation, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland

• Jazz Photo of the Year, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland by Andrea Palmucci

 

 

 
GAlerie
L'agenda à venir de l'artiste