Kenny Barron (piano), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass), Johnathan Blake (drums)
Kenny Barron will demonstrate the excellent form achieved in his artistic maturity with his current quintet, packed with names on course to enjoy a brilliant future, particularly the trumpetist Mike Rodriguez and the sax-player Dayna Stephens. Barron will present his new album, Concentric Circles, the first recorded as a quintet for some time. Barron is known for his fantastic taste when choosing his repertoire and for the elegance of his performance. He is the leading upholder of the be-bop piano tradition, in line with historical figures like Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan, although he continues to adventure into new creative territories with the same fresh approach as at the beginning of his long career. The Festival presented him with its Donostiako Jazzaldia Award in 2000 and at the 2005 Heineken Jazzaldia he paraded his genius at the head of three different formations: duo, trio and quartet.