Jazz Octets and Kenny Barron, jazz piano

Cook Recital Hall, Music Building

MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence

Two performances: 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (reserved seating)

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron mesmerizes audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.” Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition and consistently wins the jazz critics and readers polls, including Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines. His many honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from Spanish ceramist Lladro in 2012, honorary doctorates from his alma mater SUNY Empire State in 2013 and Berklee College of Music in 2011, and the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in 2009. He was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Barron is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, free for students.

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