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Jazz Beat: Kenny Barron Trio, at the Folly Theater

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It would be tough to name a jazz pianist still performing who has recorded with more jazz greats than Kenny Barron has. You hear his talent in the lyrical elegance of his duets with Stan Getz, his trading phrases with Dizzy Gillespie or James Moody, his rollicking bop with Roy Haynes and Charlie Haden, or the base he lays for Jane Monheit to soar "Over the Rainbow." With nine Grammy nominations, Barron is a veritable jazz master, one you can witness in action with his trio — Barron on piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Lee Pearson on drums — at the Folly Theater Friday night. This is traditional jazz performed by a pianist whom his peers recognize as the best.

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