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Monday, February 6
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Kenny Barron Trio

6:00 PM
All Ages
THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT - TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT THE DOOR. Dinner Specials are SOLD OUT. Meat & veggie chili will be available to purchase at the counter. Masks are encouraged. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information. Thank you!

Dinner Special (SOLD OUT):
Lamb & Apricot Tagine
House Salad & Baguette
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”

The Philadelphia native started playing professionally as a teenager with Mel Melvin’s orchestra and Philly Joe Jones. He moved to New York City at 19 and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody, after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the Five Spot. Upon Moody’s recommendation Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962 without even hearing him play a note. It was in Dizzy’s band where Barron developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich. The early seventies found Barron working with Yusef Lateef who Kenny credits as a key influence in his art for improvisation. In 1974, Barron recorded his first album as a leader for the Muse label, entitled Sunset To Dawn. This was to be the first in over 40 recordings as a leader. His duo album with Stan Getz during the late 1980s, People Time led to the first of 11 GRAMMY nominations received for his recordings. Without Deception, his 2020 follow up with bassist Dave Holland to The Art of Conversation (Impulse) was noted as one of the top releases of the year. The 2016 album, Book of Invention (Impulse) was Barron’s first trio outing in 20 years and marked the first recording ever with his Kenny Barron Trio bandmates bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake.

Kenny Barron Website 
Sponsored by Mary Alice & David Copp
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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