Kris Bowers, a pianist, is one of the brightest and most innovative stars in jazz. Bowers studied jazz and classical music and was raised in the hip-hop and rap of the 1990s. His sound is rooted in traditional styles but can be influenced by many other influences to keep it fresh and relevant for the 21st century. From the first notes of Heroes misfits, Bowers’ debut record on Concord Jazz, you can clearly see his eclectic sensibility. Before Bowers saw the daylight of day, his musical sensibilities were already developing. According to the story, his parents placed headphones on his mother’s stomach and played soft jazz into Bower’s developing consciousness months before his birth. It was only the beginning. Bowers was born in Los Angeles in 1989. His parents were avid fans of Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Marvin Gaye, and other old-school R purveyors.