Saturday night (4-16) a true jazz legend and icon performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. This was none other than Kenny Barron with bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Jonathan Blake. Over the past 5 decades Barron has played alongside and recorded with jazz greats; Ella Fitzgerald, Ron Carter, Stan Getz, Roy Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, James Moody, Idris Muhammed, and more. As a band leader Barron has released 40+ albums and has had 9 Grammy nominations. Barron is also a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame and considered by many to be “one of the most important and influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era.
For anyone that loves jazz Barron is a must see. At 72 Barron’s playing hasn’t slowed down a bit. Between songs Barron mentioned the title and a bit of history about it. One song he had written with Charlie Haden and performed it as a tribute to him and another he wrote with Dizzy Gillespie. Barron will be playing San Francisco the next 4 nights with different lineups and has dates scheduled on and off through December.
“Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (aka “The Wallis”) brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the world’s most talented and sought-after artists. With eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, and its notability as the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis offers original and revered works from across the US and around the globe. This fall marks The Wallis’ second season, which also includes its prestigious “Arts & Ideas” series, conversations with guests from the realms of culture, literature and politics. Housed in a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot venue designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA of Studio Pali Fekete architects, The Wallis celebrates the classic and the modern. This is reflected in the juxtaposition of the restored, original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, as well as a theater school for young people, and the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater. Together, these two structures embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for LA-area visitors and residents alike.”