Catherine Russell’s Art of Jazz Series Debut Marks End Of 2021-2022 Season And A Transition For Bruce Eaton

After three Covid-related postponements, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell will make her Buffalo debut this Sunday, July 10th at 7 pm in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. A very limited number of tickets are still available at the Kleinhans box office. (Ticket information can be found at this link: Art of Jazz I Catherine Russell)

Known to pop audiences for her featured work with David Bowie and Steely Dan, Russell is known to jazz fans as the standard-bearer for the swing-era music of Harlem in the 1930s. Russell represents a direct lineage to the golden origins of jazz in the 1920s and 1930s. The daughter of the legendary Luis Russell – noted bandleader and collaborator with Louis Armstrong – and Carline Ray – a member of the pioneer group The International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Russell puts her own distinct stamp on blues and classic jazz that leaves audiences smiling from ear to ear.

Her current album, Send For Me, is the latest in a streak of albums that have been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. A standout album that blends classic yesteryear sounds with modern sensibilities. Transporting listeners to the Harlem swing-era experience.

This coming Sunday’s show, the final concert of the 2021-2022 season, will be Art of Jazz Series founder and producer Bruce Eaton’s final concert helming the series. Marking a transition from twenty-plus years of curating and producing one of the most recognized jazz series in the country. Bruce sent along the following statement to address his transitioning:

“My decision to step down after 23 years (with an interlude along the way) was based simply on my strong feeling that I’d given my best to the series and it was time to pass the torch. My health is good [note: his previous absence was due to a well-publicized bout with multiple myeloma] and I’ve been really happy working with the Kleinhans team. Quite simply, after lengthy consideration, I felt that the time had come for me to focus on some other things. I’ll be eternally grateful to all of the people who worked hard to make the series possible and especially the loyal patrons whose support has kept the series thriving.”

Tony Zambito, who served as Associate Producer since Bruce’s return a few years ago from a three years absence, will succeed Bruce as curator and producer of the Art of Jazz Series moving forward. Tony Zambito states, “it is quite an honor to continue what Bruce began two decades ago. Putting Buffalo and the series on the map as one of the esteemed jazz series sought-after by top jazz artists. It has been a pleasure to learn from and work with Bruce. I look forward to continuing our friendship and sharing our passion for jazz.”

Tony Zambito and Kleinhans Music Hall recently announced the 2022-2023 Art of Jazz Series Season that will include Amina Figarova, a special Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience presentation, Miguel Zenón, and Marquis Hill. More information regarding next season’s performers, subscription, and individual ticket sales can be found at this link: 2022-2023 Art of Jazz Series

JazzBuffalo will be doing an extensive interview with Bruce in the near future that will cover a wide range of topics and examine the future of jazz in Buffalo.  We are looking forward to that conversation!

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