Kenny Werner

Kenny Warner has been a force on the New York scene for several decades. Such local papers as The Village Voice (… an ebullient stylist … his solos start evenhandedly and become wooly rides into the darkness.”) and The New York Times (“a pianist who tempers fearsome technique with a questing spiritualism”) have acknowledged his importance. Werner and saxophonist Joe Lovano have been trading chairs as leader and sideman since the early 1980s, and Kenny began a long-term musical relationship with Toots Thielemans in the 90s. Werner has some 24 recordings under his own name, including his latest solo album The Space (Pirouet PIT3106). He has garnered four National Endowment For the Arts grants, and received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2010 for his work No Beginning No End. He is also a successful book author and has written a four-part series in Down Beat. In the mid 1980’s Werner became the pianist in the Mel Lewis Big Band (now known as the Village Vanguard Big Band). It was under the prodding of Lewis and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer that he began composing and arranging for big band. This has led to Werner’s becoming a world-renowned composer- arranger, with commissions from the Cologne, Danish, and Stockholm Jazz Orchestras, Finland’s Umo Jazz Orchestra of Finland and the Metropole Orchestra of Holland.