The Annual Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series, held on the steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, begins on Sunday, July 10th. The music starts at 2 pm and is free to the public. This year the series will run on Sunday afternoons from July 10 through August 7, with a rain date on August 14.
Kicking off the series will be jazz vocalist Cindy Miller from Rochester. Some may recall Miller performed during last year’s JazzBuffalo/189 Sunday Jazz Series and literally brought the house down with her styling and vocalese repertoire. Here is the write on Cindy Miller:
Cindy Miller is recognized as being a master of musical comedy and having an extraordinary ability to interpret and present standard jazz material in an exciting and refreshing manner.
In the field of jazz, Miller has performed or recorded with flutist Hubert Laws, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Chuck Mangione, vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Jay Leonhart, the Gap Mangione Big Band, Benny Goodman Tribute Band, and the Central New York Jazz Ensemble, and has appeared many times with Michael Lasser, host of PBS Radio's nationally syndicated show Fascinatin' Rhythm.
Her professional engagements have ranged from private gatherings, clubs, festivals, performing arts centers, corporate events, stadium/concert performances, and as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras. Her Recordings include Love You Madly, a collection of jazz standards that is noted for its musicality, and I've Got the Music in Me, which highlights Miller’s versatility as a presenter of music and comedy at its best.
Miller’s signature song, “Land That We Love,” which she wrote, has been performed for General Tommy Franks, political commentators/authors Mary Matalin and James Carville, Bill O’Reilly, the New York State Assembly, Institute for Homeland Security, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the 2004 and 2006 International Marine Tattoo.
Miller is from upstate New York. She received her Master's degree from the Eastman School of Music.
An engaging performer you will not want to miss. Miller will be backed by the Bobby Jones Trio.
The series schedule is as follows:
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 2 pm
Cindy Miller with the Bobby Jones Trio
Sunday, July 17, 2016, 2 pm
George Caldwell with Saxophonist Bobby LaVell
Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2 pm
Don Rice with the Bobby Jones Trio
Sunday, July 31, 2016, 2 pm
Bobby Millitello Quartet
Sunday, August 7, 2016, 2 pm
Three Generations of Hasselbacks
Sunday, August 14, 2016, 2 pm (rain date)
It should be another good year for jazz on the steps!
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!