ARTS & LEISURE CONCERTS

Showman Kenny Garrett promises a jazz show sprinkled with funk, oriental, salsa and soul music, in Bucharest

The famous American sax player Kenny Garrett comes back in Bucharest to hold a concert at Sala Radio (Radio Hall) on April 21, starting at 20.00.

Probably one of the most versatile contemporary jazz singers, Kenny Garrett will offer a recital going through funk, oriental rhythms, salsa and soul, all of them being interpreted in personal key of the famous musician. From songs contained by the most recent album, “Pushing the World Away”, to the well-known “Happy People”, the concert will consists in a review of Kenny’s career, since he’s an artist with an impressive personal and musical history.

“I’ve played together with Sting, Guru or Q-Tip, but I also was on the stage alongside with legends like Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard or Art Barkley & the Jazz Messengers. I always loved music, in all its diversity”, says the artist.

The most recent album of the artist, which can be heard during the concert in Bucharest, is called “Pushing the World Away” and, among the countless positive reviews, it currently has a nomination for the Grammy Awards for the best instrumental jazz album.

It’s a diverse album, as we already get used, and it contains songs like Hey, Chick (dedicated to Chick Corea), Chucho’s Mambo (it’s the Garrett’s view on how a co-operation with Chucho Valdes would have sound), or Brother Brown (a musical Hello to Donald Brown, Kenny’s friend and co-producer).

During the concert in Bucharest, Kenny Garrett will be assisted by a line up which includes the pianist Vernell Brown, the bassist Corcoran Holt, the drummer McClenty Hunter and the percussionist Ruby Bird, all of them being present on the album “Pushing the World Away”.

“Do not expect to hear me playing as in my last concert! I always change myself, following what my spirit feels”, says Kenny Garrett, which took his time to continue his growing-up process as a composer and band leader, for the album “Pushing the World Away”.

His five years co-operation with the band of the famous trumpeter Miles Davis and the release of three albums following this co-operation, were crucial, both for the musician’s forming process and his notoriety.

“I’ve played for about five years in Miles Davis’ band. I believe this label will always stay there. It was a five years period in my life, the only context in my life when I stayed more than one year in the same place. But they were five wonderful years. Some people got to know my music through Miles and that’s how they got to come to my concerts. It’s a part of my history and I am proud of this”.

Kenny is a real showman and he promises to offer a unique experience in Bucharest: “When I play, I try to create a connection with the audience. I try to lead them in a journey, and not just a spiritual one. I want people to go home with something to remember, something meaning a positive experience for them”, the artist also said.

Tickets are available on the Eventim.ro, Bilete.ro and IaBilet.ro networks.

 

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