Kenny Barron (born 1943) is from Philadelphia and is the younger brother tenor saxophonist Bill Barron. In the early-’60s, Barron played with Dizzy Gillespie and the JazzTet ensemble before gaining more recognition as an invaluable sideman for the likes of Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Ella Fitzgerald, James Moody, Jimmy Heath and many other bebop and post-bop figures. With trumpeter Jimmy Owens, Barron made his recording debut as a co-leader with the 1968 Atlantic Records LP, You Had Better Listen. Afterward, Barron recorded a string of critically acclaimed albums as a leader for such distinguished labels as Muse, Candid, Reservoir, Verve and Sunnyside. His collaboration with Stan Getz is known as one of the most influential music contributions of the 90’s. Barron has been nominated for a Grammy nine times, and in 2010 he became a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master.” He was awarded Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music and from SUNY Empire State.
David Holland (born 1946) hails from Wolverhampton, England. He arrived in the United States in 1968 to join Miles Davis group with which he performed with for two years. He later immersed himself into the greater jazz scene by playing with an array of jazz pioneers such as Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter and others. Now with more than 40 years experience as a bandleader, composer and sideman, Holland has won three Grammys and numerous Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Awards. His string of albums on the ECM and his own label, Dare2 Records main high-water marks for modern jazz.