Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
Among jazz musicians, especially in New York City, pianist Kenny Barron is considered an institution. He spent years in bands led by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef and Stan Getz, and brings that wisdom to every note. He’s put out dozens of albums, continues to write new music, and turns up in classrooms and on concert stages throughout the city. And he continues to play brilliantly, with clarity and ebullience alike.
For his 70th birthday week, Barron’s band is playing another jazz institution: the Village Vanguard. Included in the repertoire will be songs by the late Mulgrew Miller, another pianist of gentle temperament and profound capability. WBGO and NPR Music will present a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Kenny Barron Quintet on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
- Kenny Barron, piano
- Vincent Herring, alto saxophone
- Brandon Lee, trumpet
- Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass
- Lee Pearson, drums