With a gift for improvisation, pianist-composer Kenny Werner was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. His education includes the Manhattan School of Music, the Berklee School of Music and connecting with others, such as Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Archie Shepp, Charlie Mingus, and Joe Henderson. A stellar writer-arranger for orchestras, he’s worked with the Mel Lewis Orchestra and the Metropole Orchestra of Holland. Kenny’s issued a score of CDs including his masterpiece, the classic 2007 Blue Note Records release, Lawn Chair Society featuring Brian Blade, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley and Chris Potter. His lauded publication on improvisation Effortless Master – Liberating the Master Musician Within is essential reading. For Portland he’ll perform in trio with Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller.
“…a pianist who tempers fearsome technique with a
questing spiritualism” -The New York Times