Pianist Kenny Barron among jazz greats performing with SC Jazz for its second season

Acclaimed jazz pianist Kenny Barron is among artists joining the SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble for its second season. Tickets are on sale now for the ensemble's next concert, during which Barron will perform on Nov. 23.

Acclaimed American jazz pianist Kenny Barron is joining the SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble in concert Nov. 23 at Johnson Hall at the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $50.

Barron is among three jazz greats coming to South Carolina to perform with the ensemble during its second season, which kicks off Nov. 23.

Barron is said to be a jazz piano genius and one of the most influential in the field. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings. In 2010, Barron was recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master and many regard him as the top jazz pianist in the world.

The 67th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll recently ranked Barron at No. 1, ahead of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

With 18 musicians, the SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians, soloists, and bandleaders from across the Carolinas. The ensemble’s mission is to present jazz concerts at the highest artistic level.

The ensemble performs big band classics, music from the great American songbook and modern originals by the group’s members.

The ensemble’s artistic director is Robert A. Gardiner, a professor of music at Lander University.

Gardiner is also founder of the South Carolina Jazz Foundation.

For more, visit scjazz.org.