19 November 1951, New York City, New York, USA. Werner began playing piano as a small child and at the age of 11 appeared on television. He studied classical and jazz piano, the former at the Manhattan School of Music, the latter at the Berklee College Of Music. Graduating from Berklee in 1973, he gigged with various leaders and led his own group for club engagements and on record. During the rest of the decade, he worked in various bands and then in the 80s he was in bands led by Chico Freeman, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Lewis, Joe Lovano, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp and others. He also frequently appeared solo and in duo with bass players such as Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid and Ratzo Harris, the latter being also a member of Werners regular trio along with drummer Tom Rainey.
In the late 80s, Werner began a distinguished concurrent career in music education, especially at New Yorks New School, lecturing and conducting clinics. During...
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