Kenny Quartet, one of the greatest jazz groups in the world at the moment, led by pianist Kenny Werner, with saxophonists Dave Liebman and drummer Peter Erskine, as well as one of the most sought-after double bass players, Johannes Weidenmuller, will perform at this year’s international jazz festival Nisville.
They will perform on the final evening of the festival on Sunday, August 11th, on the Niš Fortress.
Kenny Werner has been a world-class pianist and composer for over forty years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. In 1996, he wrote his landmark book, Effortless Mastery, Liberating the Master Musician Within.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1951, and then growing up in Oceanside, Long Island, Werner began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. Although he studied classical piano as a child, he enjoyed playing anything he heard on the radio and improvisation was his true calling. In high school and his first years of college, he attended the Manhattan School of Music as a classical piano major.
His aptitude for improvisation led him to the Berklee College of Music in 1970, where he met and studied with his first piano/spiritual teacher, Madame Chaloff. From Boston, Werner travelled to Brazil with the saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil. There he met Assis’s twin brother, Brazilian pianist, Joao Assis Brasil. His studies with Joao and Madame Chaloff would lead to the writing of the book Effortless Mastery.
This year, one of the best regional jazz festivals, Nisville will take place from 2nd to 11th August. For more information, please click here.