"The most lyrical piano player of our time." - Jazz Weekly
Kenny Barron Trio
Featuring: Kenny Barron - Piano
Kiyoshi Kitagawa - Bass
Lee Pearson - Drums
Kenny Barron's unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles 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. 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. In the years to follow, Barron worked with Dizzy Gillespie Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich, and Yusef Lateef (who encouraged Barron to earn his B.A. in Music from Empire State College), Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Ben Riley, Eddie Lockjaw" Davis, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Harry "Sweets" Edison, Stan Getz (with whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated record "People Time"), Charlie Rouse, Gary Bartz, Charlie Haden, and many more.
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.
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.