Jazz Fest XLIV concert features internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, author, composer, and teacher, Kenny Werner. The festival hosts high school jazz bands on the UWGB campus for adjudication with professional jazz musicians and a master class. Two jazz bands are selected to perform alongside the UWGB Jazz I Ensemble and Kenny Werner in this afternoon concert.
Kenny Werner is an accomplished pianist who began performing at age 4 and, by age 11, had appeared on television. While at the Manhattan School of Music he became restless with his musical direction and began to explore Jazz as a new means of creativity and expression. Along his journey, he was inspired by masters of the craft to rethink not only the technical aspects of creativity, but also the spiritual aspects. Effortless Mastery is not only an account of that journey, but also an insightful guide for all those wishing to remove their own barriers to creativity in life and the arts.