Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron is considered by jazz critics and peers to be one of the greatest living jazz pianists. With his lyrical, smooth improvisations he mesmerizes audiences worldwide. Known for his unassuming humility, Barron is a purist musician, interested less in showmanship or fame than in sharing his art and craft with audiences and students.

Turning 71 this June, Barron was born in Philadelphia. He moved to New York City at 19, working as a freelance pianist. When a fellow musician recommended him, Dizzy Gillespie hired him with no audition in 1962. With Gillespie’s quartet, Barron developed an affinity for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. During the 1970s he honed his improvisational skills as he toured and collaborated with many jazz greats.

The Los Angeles Times called Barron “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly dubbed him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”

Barron teaches at Juilliard School of Music after teaching 25 years at Rutgers University. He has appeared on over 100 albums, either as a leader or sideman. He was nominated for nine Grammys.

On Friday March 21, Barron will be solo on the AcA’s Yamaha grand piano for an intimate performance in the Moncus Theater. For tickets or other information, check out the AcA’s website.

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