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Kenny Barron
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Jazz pianist Kenny Barron performs Dec. 4 at UTSA

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Dec. 1, 2006)--The UTSA Department of Music will welcome world-renowned jazz legend Kenny Barron as part of the Monday Night Artist Series at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4.

Nominated for nine Grammy Awards as well as the American Jazz Hall of Fame, Barron has played with jazz greats Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Regina Carter, among others.

Referred to as "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" by the Los Angeles Times, Barron was named Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association for the past four years and his work appears on more than 40 recordings.

Barron began his career in his teens when he signed on to play professionally with Mel Melvin's Orchestra. In the 1960s, he was hired as the piano chair in the Dizzy Gillespie Quartet.

Encouraged by musician Yusef Lateef, Barron returned to school and balanced a full touring schedule with his studies and received a B.A. in music from Empire State College. In 1973, Barron joined the faculty of Rutgers University as a professor of music, where he stayed until 2000.

The performance will be in the 1604 Campus Arts Building Recital Hall. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, seniors and military with ID. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance by calling (210) 458-5685. Admission is free for UTSA students, faculty and staff with current UTSACard.

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