A world-class pianist and composer, and one of American jazz’ greatest Piano players. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world.
He has toured and recorded with Archie Shepp, played with the Mel Lewis Orchestra and with such notables as Rufus Reid, Ray Drummond and Jaki Byard, Eddie Gomez, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano and many others. Since 1989 he has served as pianist, arranger and musical director for the noted film, television and Broadway star, Betty Buckley. Kenny Werner earned a Grammy nomination for his composition Inspiration.
Kenny Werner has received many grants and awards and in 2010 he was awarded for Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End.
He published the book Effortless Mastery that has had a major impact on the music world, and it has made him in great demand as a teacher and clinician at Universities all over the world. He currently teaches his own techniques in classes at New York University.
Among the names he has recorded with can be mentioned Toots Thielemans, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Archie Shepp, Sonny Fortune, Dave Liebman, Chico Freeman, Jim Pepper, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Dave Douglas, Tim Hagans, Mark Feldman, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Marc Johnson, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Mel Lewis, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Ed Blackwell, Paul Motian, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Joey Baron, Idris Mohamad, Bob Moses, Victor Lewis, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Jackie Paris, Anne Marie Moss, Roseanna Vitro, Janus Seigel, Marian McPartland, Gunther Schuller, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, Lou Rawls, Joe Lovano, Alex Riel and Benjamin Koppel.
He has also written compositions for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, now known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has since written big band charts for groups such as the Cologne Radio Jazz Orchestra (WDR), the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra (Holland) and the Umo Jazz Orchestra (Finland). Throughout the mid 90’s until today, Werner has had numerous orchestra commissions. In Europe and America. Most recently he was asked to join and write music for a company formed by Quincy Jones.
Summer Jazz Festival
Kenny Werner and the successful Danish saxophone player Benjamin Koppel has since 2007 teamed up in what the UK magazine All About Jazz have called “a beautiful friendship”.
The collaboration between the American jazz icon and the young Danish sax player started with Kenny Werner listening to the Benjamin Koppel/Miroslav Vitous recording, The Poetic Principle. After that he contacted Koppel to let him know that it was one of “the best jazz recordings I’ve heard in a decade or two.”
Since then they have recorded and released three albums at Koppel’s record label Cowbell Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. As Artists-In-Residence they have arranged the exclusive jazz festival Valby Summer Jazz in Copenhagen with some the world’s greatest jazz stars. Some of the past performers counts Chris Potter, Uri Caine, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Scott Colley, Bobby Watson, Nguyen Le, Ron Miles, Palle Danielson, Daniel Humair, Randy Brecker, Lee Konitz, Brian Blade and many more has met the best Danish jazz musicians, such as John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur, Hugo Rasmussen, Alex Riel, Bazaar and Marie Carmen Koppel.
Cowbell Music releases
Alex Riel, Kenny Werner, Pierre Boussaguet: Get Riel (2008)
Alex Riel, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, Jesper Lundgaard: Riel Time (2008)
Benjamin Koppel, Bobby Watson, Kenny Werner, Pierre Boussaguet: Walden (2009)
Kenny Werner, Benjamin Koppel, Thommy Andersson, Alex Riel: A Way With Words (2010)
Marie Carmen Koppel, Benjamin Koppel, Kenny Werner, Johnathan Blake, Scott Colley: Brooklyn Jazz Session (2011)
Anders Koppel, Kenny Werner, Jacob Andersen, Benjamin Koppel: Everything Is Subject To Change (2012)
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