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Brandon Music Jazz Series hosts the Kenny Werner Trio

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Kenny Werner is host at the Jan. 17 Brandon Music Jazz Series concert.

Brandon Music Cafe, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, will host the pianist and composer Kenny Werner on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15 and reservations are encouraged. A dinner & show package is available for $30. Venue is BYOB. For reservations call Brandon Music at 465-4071.

Kenny Werner's influence on the musical community is unsurpassed. A Guggenheim Fellowship Award-winner and celebrated recording artist (with records on Blue Note, Sunnyside, Concord, Steeple Chase, and Half Note labels) he has impacted an entire generation of musicians. His compositions and dynamic live performances have impacted audiences around the world for more than 30 years.

Kenny was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Oceanside, Long Island. A piano student from a young age, he first recorded (for television) at the age of 11. He played classical piano, though found joy in playing music he heard on the radio. Kenny studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music and later attended the Berklee School of Music.

After graduation and time in Brazil, where he played and studied with Joao Assis Brasil, Werner started his own trio with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Ratzo Harris. He has written many compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, and in the mid 1980's he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra). He serves as an Artist-in-Residence at New York University, and has been celebrated for his 1996 book "Effortless Mastery - Liberating the Master Musician Within." This groundbreaking work explores the emotional, spiritual, and psychological challenges that artists face.

Mr. Werner will perform in Brandon with bassist Elliot Berman and drummer Jamie Eblen.

The Jazz series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents.

Up to date schedules are available at www.NHJazz.com