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Performing Arts Series at RIC – Kenny Werner Jazz Quintet onstage at RIC April 19

Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Kenny Werner brings his jazz quintet to RIC for an evening of inspired improvisation on Monday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Kenny Werner
In addition to Werner, the quintet features noted musicians Randy Brecker on trumpet, David Sanchez on tenor sax, Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums.

Werner’s career began early. At the age of 11, the Brooklyn-born musician recorded a single with a 15-piece orchestra and played stride piano on television.

In 1981, he recorded a solo album of original compositions – “Beyond the Forest of Mirkwood,” and recorded the sounds from his Brooklyn-based studio – a hotbed of late-night jam sessions – the following year.

In the early 80s he toured extensively and recorded with Archie Shepp, and formed his first trio, with bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tom Rainey. By the mid-90s Werner had joined the Mel Lewis Orchestra. For many years, he has written jazz orchestra and symphonic compositions.

He has been a longtime collaborator with singer/actress Betty Buckley, arranging her shows and producing, arranging and playing on her CDs.

Werner has also performed of recorded with Toots Thielemans, Marian McPartland, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Bobby McFerrin and Lou Rawls, among dozens of others.

He continues to share his musical insights as an educator, artist-in-residence and author of the book “Effortless Mastery.”

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has strong praise for Werner: “Perfection. Three hundred and sixty degrees of soul and science in one human being. My kind of musician.”

The Kenny Werner Jazz Quintet will be releasing new, live music on the Half-Note label later this year.

Tickets for the Kenny Werner Jazz Quintet are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.