Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron

Jazz Week features the Kenny Barron Quartet

The University's annual Jazz Week, which runs today through Friday (April 3-7), will feature jazz pianist Kenny Barron, performing with his quartet, and jazz trumpeter Tim Hagans.

Jazz Weekly calls Barron "the most lyrical piano player of our time." He and his quartet will cap Jazz Week '06 and the University's Festival Series at 8 p.m. Friday in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Hagans will be on campus for a mini-residency at the College of Musical Arts.

The pianist of choice for some of jazz's greatest musicians, Barron has an ability to mesmerize audiences with elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. Considered one of the top jazz pianists in the world, Barron is recognized around the globe as a master of both performance and composition.

A native of Dayton, Hagans is an internationally renowned jazz trumpeter and composer. In the early '70s he attended BGSU, where he was a music education major. In 1974, he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra and in 1977 moved to Sweden following a stint with the Woody Herman Orchestra. While in Europe, he worked with such notable musicians as Dexter Gordon and Thad Jones.

After returning to the United States, he taught at the University of Cincinnati and the Berklee College of Music during the 1980s. For the past 20 years, he has been collaborating with leading artists and groups, including Bob Belden, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Fred Hersch, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Rick Margitza, Bob Mintzer and the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.

A multiple Grammy-nominated artist, Hagans has recorded a number of albums as a lead performer, mostly on the Blue Note Records label, including "Audible Architecture" and "Animation - Imagination" and "Re-Animation: Live in Montreal."

Hagans' mini-residency is made possible by a grant from Marlene Norton and Jerry Liss of Bowling Green.

Kicking off Jazz Week '06 will be the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Chris Buzzelli, performing at 8 p.m. today (April 3) in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

As part of Hagans' mini-residency, he will conduct an improvisation clinic at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 4) in 1004 Moore Musical Arts Center and perform with the BGSU Jazz Lab Band I, directed by Russell Schmidt, at 8 p.m. that evening in Kobacker Hall.

On Wednesday (April 5), Hagans will be featured with the Faculty Jazz Group as part of the Faculty Artist Series at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall. Members of the quartet include music faculty members Charles Saenz, trumpet; Russell Schmidt, piano; Jeff Halsey, double bass, and Roger Schupp, percussion.

Both concert programs will feature a mix of standard repertoire and Hagans' own compositions.

The Jazz Lab Band II, directed by Jeff Halsey, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday (April 6) in Kobacker Hall.

Barron will present a piano lecture and demonstration at 2:30 p.m. Friday (April 7) in Kobacker Hall, prior to his quartet's 8 p.m. Festival Series concert. Tickets for the concert, priced at $22, $30 and $38, can be purchased at the Moore Musical Arts Center box office or by calling 2-8171.

All other Jazz Week events are free and open to the public.
April 3, 2006