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Jazz Society Welcomes International Pianist Kenny Barron for 10th Season Opener

In celebration of the Boise Jazz Society’s 10th season of presenting world-class jazz artists to the Boise community, the society is pleased to announce a concert with Kenny Barron, “The Dean of Mainstream Jazz Pianists,” accompanied by bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake, on Tuesday, April 26, in the Riverside Hotel Sapphire Room.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. for non-reserved table and concert seating. Parking is free. This special concert dovetails with the jazz society’s 2016-17 membership drive. Over the past three years, the Boise Jazz Society has sold out of memberships and their subscription series of concerts by mid-summer.

Tickets are available at the Boise Jazz Society website: Tickets are $35 for current Boise Jazz Society members and $45 for general admission. Student tickets are half price.

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Barron appeared at the 2011 Gene Harris Jazz Festival to a sold-out audience at Boise State’s Stueckle Sky Center. Whether he is playing solo, trio or quintet, Barron is recognized as an international master of performance and composition. 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.” In 2009, Barron received the Living Legacy Award from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame. He also was honored with a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association.

The Boise Jazz Society is a community-engagement partnership between Boise State University and the city of Boise, supporting jazz performance, jazz education and the promotion of jazz as a living American art form. The society receives yearly contributions in support of jazz education, including a $100,000 donation in 2014 to establish the Barry B. Staum Jazz Endowment in the Boise State University Foundation.