Pianist/composer Kenny Werner (b.1951 Brooklyn, N.Y.) has been a force on the World scene for several decades. The Village Voice (» … his solos…become wooly rides into the darkness.«) and The New York Times (»a pianist who tempers fearsome technique with a questing spiritualism«) have acknowledged his importance. Werner studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. He and saxophonist Joe Lovano have been working together since the early 1980s, and Kenny began a long-term musical relationship with the legendary Toots Thielemans in the ’90s. Werner has more than two dozen recordings under his own name. He has garnered four National Endowment for the Arts grants, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. In the mid 1980’s Werner became the pianist in the Mel Lewis Big Band; this led to Werner’s becoming a world-renowned composer-arranger, with commissions from the Cologne, Danish, and Stockholm Jazz Orchestras, et al. His acclaimed book Effortless Mastery, deals with creativity and his approach to playing.