Visiting Artist SeriesKenny Garrett Quintet
The Williams College Department of Music presents Kenny Garrett Quintet on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in the MainStage of the ‘62 Center for Theater and Dance on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.
For more than 30 years, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Kenny Garrett has garnered critical recognition for his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B contexts. Mr. Garrett, who plays alto and soprano sax, is joined by some very special musicians. Corcoran Holt joins him on acoustic bass, Rudy Bird plays percussion, and Marcus Baylor sits at the drumkit. Vernell Brown fills out the group on acoustic piano.
About Kenny Garrett
Kenny Garrett is a Detroit native. He began his career performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Mel Lewis Orchestra. In the early 1980s, Garrett began working with Miles Davis, becoming a member of Davis’ working group – a collaboration that lasted for five years. With more than twenty recordings to his credit as a leader, he has appeared on more than 230 recordings as a sideman. Garrett has performed and recorded with a multitude of musical icons, including Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Q-tip, among others. Garrett maintains a busy touring and recording schedule with his own band as well as the world’s most acclaimed jazz legends. In 2008-2009, Garrett joined Chick Corea and John McLaughlin’s supergroup, “Five Peace Band,” featuring label mate Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta (later Brian Blade). The group’s eponymous album won a Grammy® Award in 2010. Additionally, he was a featured member of Corea’s “Freedom Band” (2010), which included Christian McBride and Roy Haynes. Garrett’s most recent album, Do Your Dance was inspired by audiences moved to rise from their seats and ‘lift a foot!’ According to Garrett. “Some are reluctant to participate because they think that others are better than they are. I tell them, ‘Do your dance.’ That means even if you have to ‘stay in the pocket,’ do the Funky Four Corners or the Nae-Nae, don’t worry about what the other person is doing. Let it all hang out and ‘do your dance!’ Pushing the World Away (2013), features the band he has mentored for the past few years with Corcoran Holt, McClenty Hunter, Vernell Brown, Benito Gonzalez, Rudy Bird, Marcus Baylor, Mark Whitfield Jr. Together they received a Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Garrett’s Seeds From The Underground won the 2013 Echo Award (German Grammy) for Best International Jazz Saxophone Performance. Garrett’s Do Your Dance was released in 2016. Among his many honors, Kenny Garrett presented the commencement address at Berklee College of Music and was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by that prestigious institution.