Three pianists headline spring jazz series

The Athenaeum’s jazz program returns to the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., for its annual spring series.

It will feature concerts by three pianists — the local debut of jazz-flamenco pianist Chano Dominguez (8 p.m. March 29); a long-awaited return visit by the Brad Mehldau Trio (8 p.m. May 14); and a rare solo piano performance by NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron (8 p.m. May 24).

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• Chano Dominguez will perform his new Blue Note Records project, “Flamenco Sketches.” His quartet includes flamencocantaor and palmero (vocalist and hand clapper), acoustic bass, and drums/Latin percussion.
“Flamenco Sketches,” grew out of a 2009 commission from the Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ classic album, “Kind of Blue.”

Dominguez crafted a compelling set of original arrangements of Davis’ music, fusing jazz and flamenco styles.

• Brad Mehldau Trio’s most recent local appearances have been two unforgettable solo piano concerts on the Neurosciences series in 2008 and 2010. This concert marks its first local appearance with drummer Jeff Ballard, who joined the band in 2005. The Boston Globe called the group simply “one of the finest piano trios in the history of jazz.”

• Kenny Barron, a nine-time Grammy nominee, was named “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” by the Los Angeles Times, Barron has been a significant force in jazz for nearly 50 years, and was recognized in 2010 with this country’s highest jazz honor, an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship. His early credits include work with Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Buddy Rich, Yusef Lateef, Ron Carter, and Stan Getz, among countless others.

His more recent work has featured collaborations with Regina Carter, Trio da Paz, Charlie Haden (with whom he appeared on the Neurosciences series in 1998), and the Monk-oriented quartet Sphere (featured on the series in 2001).