Kenny Werner is a pianist of seemingly infinite capacity, and a Grammy-nominated composer as well, and an evening with Kenny is a lyrical (but never predictable) journey through the vast seas of improvised music. Kenny's all-star quintet featuring Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Scott Colley, and Antonio Sanchez, has played together enough now that they are a real band, with magical interplay on the bandstand, as will be documented in April when they record live at the Blue Note in NYC. Scott and Antonio would also love to do trio gigs with him if available, but if not, Kenny has other attractive trio options, and he's a master of that format.
In addition, Kenny's writing for large ensembles is nothing short of brilliant. His newest and most ambitious work, No Beginning No End, a commissioned suite for Jazz soloists + a 45-piece wind ensemble that Kenny wrote in memory of his late daughter Katheryn, earned Kenny a Guggenheim award and will be released later this year on the Half-Note label.
In addition to his playing and composing, Kenny is also a teacher of profound insight, who has literally changed students' lives. The reigning guru of Jazz Education since the publication of his book Effortless Mastery, he is also much sought after for college lectures and residencies, and while on campus often performs as guest artist with student ensembles, as well as with the trio.