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Kenny Werner

Instrument: 
keyboard
Ensembles: 
Octurn

Biography

Kenny Werner is the cream of the crop, both as a composer and pianist, and was barely 11 when he appeared on TV for the first time. As a child he enrolled for classical piano lessons, after which he perfected his skills at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Round about the same time he developed a huge interest in improvisation. As a result, he enrolled at the Berklee School of Music, where he was taught the tricks of the jazz trade.

In 1981 he founded his own Kenny Werner Trio, with drummer Tom Rainet and bass player Ratzo Harris. Together they played both national and international stages for 14 years and recorded four albums. In the mid-'80s he is invited into the Mel Lewis Orchestra (now the  Village Vanguard Orchestra). In no time Mel Lewis and Bob Brookmeyer allow him to compose his own pieces and arrange for the big band. It soon becomes his specialty and today he mainly writes for various big bands such as the Cologne Jazz Ochestra, the Danish Jazz Orchestra, the Stockholm Jazz Ochestra, the Metropole Orchestra of Holland, ... He has also recorded two albums with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

In the early '90s he starts a duo with Toots Thielemans. Those are also the days of frequent co-operation with his pal Joe Lovano. To this day he remains a prominent player on the  international jazz scene. He has performed with the likes of Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Billy Hart, ...
 
Quincy Jones says the following about him: 'Kenny is perfection, 360 degrees of soul and science in one human being. My kind of musician.'
 
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