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. For more details on that see Special Projects.
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 fellowship and was released on the Half-Note label. Kenny followed that up with more great writing for his Half-Note CD Institute of Higher Learning, with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Kenny is also arranging Toots’s favorite songs for the BJO, in preparation for a major European Tour next year in memory of Toots.
In addition to his playing and composing, Kenny is also a teacher of profound insight, whose book Effortless Mastery changed Jazz Education forever and led to Berklee College of Music creating the Effortless Mastery Institute, with Kenny as Director. Now Kenny has written a sequel entitled Becoming the Instrument, and will embark on a promotional tour of colleges this school year with a presentation he calls Talk/Play. Get in touch and let’s arrange a stop on the tour at your school.