The Kenny Werner Trio has confirmed the attendance for the Bucharest Jazz Festival, set to take place between September 19th and September 25th in the George Enescu square and at Hanul Gabroveni in Bucharest.

The fifth edition of the festival will bring a mix of contemporary American jazz, modern soul and world music fusion. The new artistic director of the festival is jazz performer Teodora Enache, after musician Lucian Ban ended his three-year mandate.

The Kenny Werner Trio is the most recent name to be confirmed for the lineup of the event, which also includes Lisa Simone, Trilok Gurtu, and Sárosi Péter Azara & Tasi Nóra.

The trio is made up of Kenny Werner (piano), Ari Hoenig (drums), and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass). Kenny Wener has been recognized for over 40 years as a world-class composer and pianist. His prolific activity includes composing, recording and writing that continues to have a significant impact all over the world. In 1996 he wrote his reference book Effortless Mastery. Releasing the Master Musician Within. He received in 2010 the Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his work No Beginning No End, a musical exploration of tragedy and loss, of death and transition from one life to another.

Ari Hoenig performed with a variety of groups, such as Jean Michel Pilc Trio, Kenny Werner Trio or Chris Potter Underground, and was on stage alongside artists such as Herbie Hancock, Ivan Linz, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano and Gerry Mulligan. Both of his solo drums CDs, Time Travels (2000) and The Life of a Day (2002), highlight his exploratory nature and represent and ambitious tribute brought to the melodic possibilities of the instrument. In 2013 he won the BMW Welt (World) award in Munich, an international competition to determine the best group led by a drummer.

Johannes Weidenmueller collaborated with a long list of established name in the jazz world since he moved to New York City 20 years ago. He was a member of the Hank Jones Trio, Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit, of Carl Allen-Vincent Herring quintet, of John Abercrombi quartet, of Joe Lovano Trio or Kenny Werner Trio. He collaborated with Brad Mehldau, George Benson, John Scofield, Dewey Redman, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Toots Thielemans, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Gary Bartz, Jonny Coles, Clifford Jordan, Joe Chambers, and many more. Besides the more than 200 concerts he delivers annually, Johannes is an author and professor, since 1997, at the New School’s jazz and contemporary music program. He also delivers various workshops at world-known institutions. He received the European Jazz Artist title in 1993 and 1996, the Hennessey jazz award in 1996 and grants from Arts International and New School.

The program of the festival can be checked here.

Access to all events in the festival is free.

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