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Kenny Werner Quintet featuring special guests David Sánchez, Randy Brecker, Scott Colley and Antonio Sánchez, Monday, December 5

Kenny Werner Quintet featuring special guests David Sánchez, Randy Brecker, Scott Colley and Antonio Sánchez
Monday, December 5

“Werner’s set…has quietly become the pianists’ yard stick of our era.” – Jazz Times

Guggenheim Fellow / pianist / composer / educator Kenny Werner has been a powerful force in jazz for decades. His thoughtful compositions have been performed by artists of every shade, but are shown to best advantage in a live setting with a band of his own design. It goes without saying that few designs could top this quintet, which features , David Sánchez, Randy Brecker, Scott Colley and Antonio Sánchez. Werner and company will perform expansive, cathartic works from a vast and varied repertoire, including the critically heralded No Beginning No End (Half Note, 2010).

Although born in Brooklyn, Werner grew up in Long Island, where he took right to the piano. In fact, his playing was impressive enough to land him a television appearance at age 11. Although classically trained, the boy had an excellent ear and often departed into popular music gleaned from film and radio. After high school, he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music and started honing his improvisational abilities with renowned professor Madame Chaloff. Chaloff imparted a spiritual aspect to his approach that persists to this day. After Berklee, Werner studied music in Brazil for a time, and then returned to the states to start his own group.

The original Kenny Werner Trio (with Ratzo Harris on bass and Tom Rainey on drums) endured for well over a decade, earning fans throughout the USA and Europe. Meanwhile, Werner graced a number of small group configurations, played big band jazz with the Mel Lewis Orchestra, and began composing and arranging for groups of all sizes. In the years hence, he’s been commissioned to compose and arrange works for jazz and wind ensembles, Broadway orchestras, choirs and even string quartets. He has maintained a reputation as an innovator on every avenue of the jazz vernacular, most notably in small-group formats with Toots Thielemans, Joe Lovano, Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller, and as a member of the Lawnchair Society, which featured Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley and Brian Blade.

Philadelphia-born trumpeter Randy Brecker cut his teeth on hard bop records by Lee Morgan, Art Blakey and Horace Silver. But the chameleonic Grammy-winner is at home in any idiom, as evidenced by high-profile appearances with James Taylor, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Saxophonist David Sánchez may have come up playing Latin jazz, but his immediately recognizable sound defies categories. Despite his relative youth, Sanchez has already earned nine Grammy awards and been nominated for many others besides.

California-born bassist Scott Colley relocated to New York in the late 1980’s. Initially backing Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Jordan and Roy Hargrove, he has since recorded half a dozen titles as leader and collaborated with a laundry list of legends, from Jim Hall to Joe Henderson. Three-time Grammy winner Antonio Sánchez (drums) left his home in Mexico City to attend Berklee College. Before long, he’d taken the New York scene by storm, with a cast of greats including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera and Danilo Perez. Sanchez’s innovative approach to both modern jazz and contemporary Latin percussion make him a coveted commodity in both camps.


Kenny Werner Quintet featuring special guests David Sánchez, Randy Brecker, Scott Colley and Antonio Sánchez

DATE: Monday, December 5, 2011
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door; No Jazztix or Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

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Reggie Marshall


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