MSUToday
Published: Jan. 8, 2020

Kenny Barron Trio and Sean Jones Quartet jazz up Wharton

Contact(s): Bob Hoffman Wharton Center office: (517) 884-3115 bob.hoffman@whartoncenter.com

Two titans of jazz share the stage on Thursday, Jan. 30 for an unforgettable night of music.

Kenny Barron has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master and is recognized internationally as one of the best jazz artists in the world.

Kenny Barron acquired his appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms early into his career while playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s band. Barron holds eleven Grammy® nominations and was named Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association a record seven times, the last being in 2017.

He will be joined by his stellar trio partners Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

Sean Jones is a musical force, famous for his six-year position as the lead trumpeter at Lincoln Center Jazz.

Sean Jones has been prominently featured with many major figures in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Jones was the trumpeter in the Tribute to Miles tour in 2011 and has performed with the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras.

Jones was named the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz at John Hopkins University. 

Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets at whartoncenter.com; at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office; or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.