KENNY WERNER – A pianist of seemingly infinite capacity and a Grammy-nominated composer as well, an evening with Kenny is a lyrical (but never predictable) journey through the vast seas of improvised music. His longtime trio with Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller is state of the art for the piano trio, and Kenny has also put together an exciting and moving duo tribute to his longtime employer Toots Thielemans with Toots’s heir apparent as the most creative harmonica player in Jazz, Gregoire Maret. This past Fall also saw the release of Kenny’s LP for Newvelle Records, featuring Dave Liebman on reeds, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, and James Genus on bass.
In addition, Kenny’s writing for large ensembles is nothing short of brilliant. His masterwork No Beginning No End, a commissioned suite for Jazz soloists + a 36-piece wind ensemble that Kenny wrote in memory of his late daughter Katheryn, earned Kenny a Guggenheim award and was released on Half-Note. Kenny followed that up with more great writing for his Half-Note CD Institute of Higher Learning, with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Kenny welcomes new commissions, so if you want to premiere a stunning new work for big band or jazz orchestra, get in touch with me.
In addition to his playing and composing, Kenny is also a teacher of profound insight, who has literally changed students’ lives. Now Director of Berklee’s Effortless Mastery Institute, based on the principles in Kenny’s book of the same name, he is much sought after for college lectures and residencies, and while on campus often performs as guest artist with student ensembles, as well as with the trio.