Honored because of the nationwide Endowment for Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron features an unmatched capacity to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The la Times named him "one associated with the top jazz pianists on earth" and Jazz Weekly calls him "more lyrical piano-player of our time."
Philadelphia is the birthplace of several great musicians, including the undisputed masters for the jazz piano: Kenny Barron. Kenny was created in 1943 and while a teen, started playing expertly with Mel Melvin's orchestra. This regional musical organization additionally showcased Barron's sibling Bill, the late tenor saxophonist.
While nevertheless in high school. Kenny caused drummer Philly Joe Jones and also at age 19, he relocated to nyc and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody, after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the five-spot. Upon Moody's suggestion Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962 without even hearing him play a note. It was in Dizzy's musical organization where Kenny developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron used Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich. Early 70s found Kenny dealing with Yusef Lateef who Kenny credits as a vital impact in his art for improvisation. Urged by Lateef, to follow a college training, Barron balanced touring with researches and obtained their B.A. in Music from Empire State university, By 1973, Kenny joined the faculty at Rutgers University as professor of music. He presented this tenure until 2000, mentoring nearly all today's younger abilities including David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell. In 1974 Kenny recorded his first record album as a leader the Muse label, entitled "Sunset To Dawn." This was becoming the first in over 40 recordings (and still counting!) as a leader.
After stints with Ron Carter in belated seventies Kenny formed a trio with Buster Williams and Ben Riley which worked alongside of Eddie Lockjaw" Davis, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Harry "Sweets" Edison. Throughout the 80's Barron worked utilizing the great tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, touring along with his quartet and recording a number of renowned records including "Anniversary", "Serenity" and Grammy nominated "folks Time" additionally during 80's, he co-founded the quartet "Sphere, "
along with Buster Williams, Ben Riley and Charlie Rouse. This band dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk and original compositions prompted by him. Sphere recorded a number of outstanding jobs for Polygram label, included in this "Four for several" and "Bird Songs." Following the death of Charlie Rouse, the musical organization took a 15-year hiatus and reunited, replacing Rouse with alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. This reunion made its first recording for Verve reports in 1998.
Kenny Barron's very own tracks for Verve have made him nine Grammy nominations from 1992 with "People Time" a highly skilled duet with Stan Getz followed by the Brazilian inspired "Sambao and a lot of recently for "Freefall" in 2002. Other Grammy nominations went to "Spirit Song", "evening therefore the City" (a duet recording with Charlie Haden) and "Wanton Spirit" a trio recording with Roy Haynes and Haden. It is critical to observe that these three recordings each obtained double-Grammy nominations (for album and solamente overall performance.) His CD, "Canta Brasil" (Universal France) linked Barron with Trio de Paz in a fest of original Brazilian jazz, and was called experts Choice Top Ten CDs of 2003 by JazzIz mag. Their 2004 launch, photos (Universal France) had been empowered by a suite initially commissioned because of the Wharton Center at Michigan State University and functions 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) premiered October 2005.
After a fruitful musical conference associated with minds with bassist Dave Holland, the 2 masters made a decision to collaborate on a duet task become introduced on Impulse/Universal documents in 2014 followed closely by a trip.