Philadelphia native pianist Kenny Barron has been able to parlay early experiences in Dizzy Gillespie’s 1960s band into a long career playing with jazz legends like Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Rich, and most notably saxophonist Stan Getz. Barron went to on to co-lead the acclaimed Thelonious Monk legacy cum tribute group Sphere with saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Ben Riley. Mr. Barron’s recordings for Verve have earned him nine Grammy nominations and he has been named Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association every year for the past four years. Now Barron is part of an emerging generation of modern masters who have a personal connection to jazz history.
An excellent pianist who plays in a style influenced by McCoy Tyner and Oscar Peterson, Mulgrew Miller has been quite consistent throughout his career. He got his start with Mercer Ellington’s big band in the late 1970s and had important stints with Betty Carter, Woody Shaw’s Quintet, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. As pianist with late drummer Tony Williams, among others, Miller forged a multi-dimensional sound, seamlessly shifting time feels, throttling through hard-driving grooves and delving into gentler persuasions.
During the 1990s, Miller developed his career as a leader of his own trios/quintets, recording an impressive series of albums for RCA/Novus. In 1995, he toured Europe and the US sharing the stage with fellow pianist Kenny Barron and performing in various all-star groups. With more than 400 recording sessions to his credit, Miller has become one of the most recorded pianists today.
Kaufman Center presents No Minimum Featuring Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller
129 W. 67th St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Monday, February 14, 2005, at 8 PM
Single tickets are $35
Call the Box Office at 212.501.3330 or order online.