Kenny Barron Trio plus special guest David Sánchez to perform at Luther Nov. 11

Oct. 28, 2010

The Kenny Barron Trio and Grammy award-winning saxophonist David Sánchez join together for an evening of jazz Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may also be purchased online at http://centerstage.luther.edu. Ticket price is $22, $20 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

The appearance by the Kenny Barron Trio and David Sánchez is part of Luther's 2010-11 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.

Barron is a nine-time Grammy Award nominee and recipient of the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, the nation's highest honor bestowed upon jazz musicians.

Born in Philadelphia, Barron started playing professionally as a teenager with a local orchestra. At age 19, he moved to New York City where he freelanced with musicians Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody.

Throughout his career, Barron has played with scores of musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Abbey Lincoln, Helen Merrill, Chico Freeman, George Benson, Yusef Lateef, Lee Konitz and Stan Getz.

A professor of music at Rutgers University from 1974-2000, Barron mentored many of today's established jazz talents, including Sánchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell.

Barron's ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired the Los Angles Times to name him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" and Jazz Weekly to call him "the most lyrical piano player of our time."

Barron has won numerous jazz critics' and readers' polls, including Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a six-time recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association's Best Pianist Award.

Sánchez has been hailed by fans as one of the most progressive tenor saxophone players of his generation.

With his eighth overall album, Sánchez continues to fuse his fierce, straight ahead jazz sound with African, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean influences.

A native of Puerto Rico, Sánchez came to the U.S. to attend Rutgers University. With his close proximity to New York, he quickly became a member of the New York City jazz scene.

Some of his first New York musical experiences were with piano giant Eddie Palmieri, Hilton Ruiz and trumpeter Claudio Roditi.

Sánchez has performed and recorded with Kenny Barron, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden, Lalo Schifrin and Tom Harrell. He also had the opportunity to perform with the legendary drummer Elvin Jones.

Sánchez has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. In 2005 he won the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album for his 2004 album "Coral."

For more information about Barron, visit http://www.kennybarron.com/.

For more information about Sánchez, visit http://www.davidsanchezmusic.com/.

Upcoming performances in the 2010-11 Center Stage Series include Carrie Newcomer on Feb. 11 and Nnenna Freelon, "Dreaming of the Duke," on Feb. 17.

To learn more about upcoming performances in the series, visit the Center Stage website at http://centerstage.luther.edu.