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Jazz Hall of Fame pianist Kenny Barron performs at UTSA Nov. 30

Kenny Barron
Anne Drummond

Pianist Kenny Barron and flutist Anne Drummond

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(Nov. 20, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Music and KRTU Radio 91.7 FM will welcome legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron and flutist Anne Drummond for a concert performance at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30 in the Arts Building Recital Hall (2.03.02) on the UTSA Main Campus. The performance is a part of the UTSA Music Department's Monday Night Artist Series.

Recognized by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the top jazz pianists" in the world, Barron is a nine-time Grammy Award nominee. He returns to San Antonio for a duet performance with Drummond, one of his former students at the Manhattan School of Music. Barron reunites with Drummond, after performing with her in his former band, Canta Brasil.

At the age of 19, Barron moved to New York City and joined Dizzy Gillespie's now legendary band, developing an appreciation for Latin and Carribbean rhythms. In addition to his nominations, Barron has played in hundreds of jazz recordings with numerous jazz artists including an historically important duet with Stan Getz, which is recognized as a benchmark in the art of jazz duo performance. In 2005, Barron was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs.

Recently named a Rising Star by Downbeat magazine, Drummond's latest recording, "Like Water," explores the sensual, evocative sounds and intoxicating rhythms of Brazil.

Admission is $20 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens.

For more information, call Cynthia Solis at 210-458-5685 or visit the UTSA Department of Music Web site.

 

 

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Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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