Janis Mann and Kenny Werner

This special concert is to celebrate the release of a new CD "Celestial Anomaly" featuring Janis Mann and Kenny Werner.

Vocalist Janis Mann has performed or recorded with Roy Haynes, Kenny Werner, Diane Schuur, Terell Stafford, John Clayton, Peter Erskine, Dave Frishberg, Bruce Forman, Roy McCurdy, Chuck Manning, Joe Bagg, Eric Reed, Bill Cunliffe, Jack Sheldon, Jon Mayer, Ross Tompkins, and Joe LaBarbera, among others.

A native New Yorker, Mann is now a favorite on the Los Angeles jazz scene. She has also drawn raves from audiences in New York with her performances at the Blue Note and the Kitano.

"Great singer, great feel! I haven't heard anyone like Janis in years." -- Roy Haynes


Pianist Kenny Werner was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, "No Beginning No End", featuring Joe Lovano.

Kenny started his own trio in 1981 with Tom Rainey and Ratzo Harris. The group matured for fourteen years, wowing audiences in America and Europe and recording four albums.

In the mid 1980’s, he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He wrote and arranged for that group, and subsequently for the major bands in Europe including the Cologne, Danish, and Stockholm Jazz Orchestras, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, The Umo Jazz Orchestra of Finland, and the Metropole Orchestra of Holland.

Kenny continues to perform with Toots Thielemans, Joe Lovano, and Broadway legend Betty Buckley.

In 2000, Kenny formed a new trio with Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller. He also tours and records with such musicians as Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, and Randy Brecker.

“Perfection, 360 degrees of soul and science in one human being. My kind of musician.” -- Quincy Jones