Kamau Kenyatta / Danny Green Duo Performance
The Green House Concert series continues on May 26, 2019 with a due performance by Grammy winning producer/saxophonist/pianist Kamau Kenyatta, and three-time San Diego Music Award winning pianist Danny Green. Green studied jazz piano under Kenyatta during his undergraduate years at UCSD in the early 2000s. This will be their first collaboration since then, and is sure to be an exciting and memorable performance.
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Kamau Kenyatta's Bio:
Pianist/ soprano saxophonist Kamau Kenyatta resides in San Diego, CA. He is a Grammy award-winning producer and arranger. Kamau is a lecturer at the University of California San Diego Music Department. He was honored with the prestigious Barbara J. and Paul D. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award at UCSD in May 2009.
Originally from Detroit, his versatility comes from his early exposure to a vast array of musical styles. Kamau has worked with jazz greats such as Hubert Laws, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, Jim Pepper, and Earl Klugh. World tours have taken him to over 20 countries and include stints with The Supremes, Carl Anderson (from Jesus Christ Superstar), Oscar Brown, Jr., SWV, Silk, the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and New Kids on The Block.
Kamau has also collaborated with Hubert Laws in writing the score for Small Steps, Big Strides a Fox network documentary concerning the history of African-American film. He wrote and supervised music for The Dawn At My Back, a Sundance Film Festival award-winning interactive DVD-ROM memoir. In 2015, Kamau scored the film, Spirits Of Rebellion, by Zeinabu Irene Davis. In 2016, he completed the score for the Gregory Porter biopic, Dont Forget Your Music. The film was released in the UK in the fall of 2016.
Kamau served as musical director for Blues Schoolhouse, an educational program for middle-school children, at the International House Of Blues (San Diego). In 2009, Kenyatta joined the Music Department at California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). He served as Department Co-Chair from 2010-11.
Destiny, a recording that showcases Kenyatta as a leader, was released in the spring of 2007. Kamau produced "Water" and Be Good for vocalist Gregory Porter on the Motema label - both were nominated for Grammy awards. In 2013, Kenyatta served as associate producer and arranger for Porters Blue Note Records debut disc Liquid Spirit. In February 2014, Kamau won a Grammy for his work on this project in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. 2016 saw releases of his production projects included Gregory Porters Take Me To The Alley, Ed Mottas Perpetual Gateways, and Steph Johnsons Music Is Art. In February 2017, Kamau won a second Grammy for his co-production and arrangements on Take Me To The Alley in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. In 2018, his production of Uncovered Soul by Kathy Kosins was released. Completed production projects scheduled for release this year include a self-titled project for vocalist Daneen Wilburn and Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women for Alicia Olatuja.
Danny Green's Bio:
Over the past decade, jazz pianist and Origin Records recording artist Danny Green has earned recognition as a bandleader and as a composer with a gift for spinning supple, absorbing narratives. Greens growing portfolio of vibrant sounds an enchanting mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian rhythms has captured the attention of critics around the world, including DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, San Diego Union Tribune, the Boston Globe, and Public Radio International. Its no small wonder that Green has earned two San Diego Music awards for Best Jazz Album and an additional award for Best Jazz Artist. His long-time trio includes bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, noteworthy musicians in their own right, and together they have developed a nearly psychic connection as they perform Greens original compositions and jazz standards. Green takes listeners on a journey that is equal parts introspective and exuberant, and always compelling.
Greens talents have taken him from the Blue Note in New York City to the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, and his work has been featured in DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, the San Diego Union Tribune, The Boston Globe, NPR, and JazzEd. According to JazzReview.com, Danny Green is what evolution in jazz is all about, expressing the traits of those that came before him, with a style and panache that is all his ownan individual who expresses what is inside of him.
Green revealed his unique talents on his 2009 debut recording With You In Mind. The album received extensive airplay around the globe, rose to #18 on the Jazz Week Charts, and won Best Jazz Album at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. In 2012, Green teamed up with Tapestry Records to release A Thousand Ways Home, featuring Justin Grinnell on bass, Julien Cantelm on drums, and Tripp Sprague on sax, as well as a talented cast of guest artists inducing guitarists Chico Pinheiro, Peter Sprague, and Dusty Brough, Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela, and mandolinist Eva Scow. A Thousand Ways Home received numerous rave reviews nationwide, rose to #17 on the Jazz Week Charts, was voted into KSDS Jazz 88.3s Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2012, and was nominated Best Jazz Album at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. In 2014, the Danny Green Trio, comprised of Green, Grinnell, and Cantelm, released the highly-acclaimed album After The Calm on Origin/OA2 Records. Featuring ten of Greens compositions, the album received much praise from the press and nationwide radio play, and won Best Jazz Album at the 2015 San Diego Music Awards and was nominated for Album of the Year.
The trio recorded their 2016 release, Altered Narratives, at New York Citys famed Sear Sound recording studio with award-winning producer Matt Pierson. Released on Origin/OA2 Records, the album consists of eleven original compositions by Green. The three tunes at the center of the album feature the trio with a string quartet led by violinist Antoine Silverman, a widely admired New York classical and studio player. All About Jazz critic Dan McClenaghan commented, Theres nothing that adds a touch of elegance to a jazz set more than an adeptly-done string arrangement, and these are superb; violins, viola and cello in a sinuous, sometimes whispering embrace with a vibrant, top-notch piano trio, delving into Danny Greens distinguished compositions. The album remained on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart for fourteen weeks and earned high praise from critics worldwide.
The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings released its first full length album, One Day It Will, in 2018. The album features San Diego Symphony violinists Kate Hatmaker and Igor Pandurski, violist Travis Maril, and cellist Erica Erenyi. One Day It Will was featured in DownBeat Magazine, Jazz Weekly (selected as Ringer of the Week), CD Hotlist (selected as Pick of the Month), The New York City Jazz Record, Mercury News, and Long Islander News, among many other press outlets. Jazz da Gama called the album, one to die for. The album remained on the Jazz Week Top 50 charts for five weeks and was featured multiple times on Public Radio Internationals nationally syndicated Jazz After Hours.
Green has brought his Trio Plus Strings to venues throughout the United States. The group debuted in 2016 at New York Citys Shapeshifter Lab, and since then has maintained a steady performance schedule, including shows at Huntington Summer Arts Festival (NY), TEDxSan Diego at Copley Symphony Hall, KSDS Jazz 88.3s Jazz Live (San Diego), Portola Vineyards Summer Jazz Series (Los Altos, CA), The Blue Whale (Los Angeles), An Die Musik Live! (Baltimore), and Rockwood Music Hall (NYC). The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings was selected to perform at the prestigious Western Arts Alliance Juried Showcase in 2017.
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