Desert Island Jazz
Kenny Werner (2000)

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Werner has received performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both 1985 and 1987, and was commissioned to compose and conduct a memorial piece for Duke Ellington at St. John of the Divine Church in New York performed by the Manhattan School of Musicís Stage Band and the New York City Choir. He has also won the distinguished Composer award from the New Jersey Council for the Arts.

He has also written compositions for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, now known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has since written big band charts for groups such as the Cologne Radio Jazz Orchestra (WDR), the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra (Holland) and the Umo Jazz Orchestra (Finland). Throughout the mid 90s until today, Werner has had numerous orchestra commissions. In Europe and America. Most recently he was asked to join and write music for a company formed by Quincy Jones.
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# 1 Keith Jarrett with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian Treasure Island The Rich (And the Poor) (Impulse)
# 2 Lee Ritenour, featuring arrangements by Michel Colombier Captain Fingers Captain Fingers (Columbia)
# 3 Chico Marx N/A Roll Out the Barrel N/A
# 4 John Coltrane Ballads What's New? (Impulse)
# 5 Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness' First Finale Boogie On Reggae Woman (Universal)
# 6 Django Bates Summer Fruits (And Unrest) Sad Afrika (JMT)
# 7 Herbie Hancock Headhunters N/A (Columbia)
# 8 Miles Davis In a Silent Way N/A (Columbia)
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