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Nov. 2, 2010

Hancher to present Kenny Barron Trio, Davíd Sanchez at Englert Nov. 13

The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present the Kenny Barron Trio and special guest Davíd Sanchez at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Barron is a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master and has been identified as “the most lyrical piano player of our time” by Jazz Weekly. The performance will be Barron’s first for Hancher.

The Philadelphia native began performing professionally while he was still a teenager. Barron was hired by the famed Dizzy Gillespie in 1962, and it was in Gillespie’s band that Barron was first influenced by Latin and Caribbean rhythms. In the 1970s, his approach to improvisation was deeply influenced by multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef. From 1973 to 2000, Barron was a professor of music at Rutgers University, where he had the opportunity to influence a host of young and upcoming players.

One of those players was saxophonist Davíd Sanchez, a Grammy-winner whose quartet headlined the 2009 Iowa City Jazz Festival. Sanchez will join the Kenny Barron Trio for this Hancher performance.

In addition to his show, Barron will give a free lecture titled “Notes from a Jazz Master” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Iowa City’s Trinity Episcopal Church. He will discuss and demonstrate his approach to composition and performance, referencing the history of the jazz piano.

The concert and lecture are supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the concert are $39/$34; college student $35.10/$10; senior citizen $35.10/$30.60; and youth $19.50/$17 from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Town Center near the parking ramp, is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Englert Theatre.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,