Rediscover the Art of Jazz with a Night of Unforgettable Music and a Special Homecoming
On November 10th, jazz lovers and the JazzBuffalo Community are in for a treat as the Art of Jazz Series presents the triumphant return of acclaimed jazz pianist Pete Malinverni to his hometown region. This much-anticipated concert promises to be a musical homecoming like no other, and you cannot afford to miss it!
Pete Malinverni, who was born in 1957, in Niagara Falls, NY, had parents who supported his love for music. His dad worked in chemical plants, and his mom was a homemaker. He began learning classical piano from a local legend named Laura Copia when he was just six years old. In high school, he played piano in church and also in funk and rock bands.
The family moved to nearby Lewiston, NY and during his time in the Lewiston school system, he got valuable guidance from his high school band and choir director, Douglas Monroe, who was also a pianist. Additionally, he received private lessons from jazz musician Ron Corsaro. After finishing high school, Pete was already deeply involved in the local jazz scene, collaborating with jazz musicians like Don Menza, Joe Romano, and Sam Noto in upstate New York.
He later went on to study music at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He continued his education at the S.U.N.Y. Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he earned a master’s degree in music.
Pete Malinverni’s enduring success in the New York City jazz scene since arriving in 1981 is a testament to his artistry and dedication. He has been a constant presence in one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the world, earning the respect and admiration of fellow musicians and jazz enthusiasts alike. Performing and recording with Joe Lovano, Vernel Fournier, Charles Davis, Mel Lewis, Dennis Irwin, Karrin Allyson, Steve Wilson, Jeff Hamilton, Gary Smulyan, and many, many others. Malinverni has become a mainstay at New York’s great jazz clubs, such as the Village Vanguard, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Village Gate, Bradley’s, Django, Chelsea Stage, Smalls, and Mezzrow
His performance on November 10th is a homecoming celebration that reflects his remarkable journey in the heart of the jazz universe. A journey as a virtuoso dedicating his life to mastering the art of jazz piano. Recognized, along the way, as a world-renowned pianist and composer.
Pete Malinverni has a keen eye for talent and through his appointment as Chair of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, State University of New York, he has had the exciting opportunity to showcase some of the brightest rising stars in jazz. Among his discoveries are vocalists Samara Joy and Anaïs Reno, both of whom have taken the jazz world by storm with their exceptional voices and artistry. Joy went on to win two Grammy® Awards last year, including Best New Artist, and Reno is a bonafide rising star at a young age. Both are benefitting from Malinverni’s mentorship.
The Art of Jazz Series concert scheduled for Friday, November 10th will feature Pete Malinverni’s collaboration with the Gary Smulyan “Tadd’s All, Folks” program featuring the sensational Anaïs Reno. This innovative endeavor pays homage to the legendary Tadd Dameron while pushing the boundaries of jazz interpretation. The marriage of tradition and lyrical innovation promises to deliver a performance that is both respectful of jazz history and excitingly fresh, with Malinverni in the piano chair. Pete Malinverni is uniquely suited for this special project; he’s a masterful musical storyteller. His performances have always been noted to take you to different places and times, evoking a wide range of emotions.
Pete Malinverni’s most recent album, “On the Town: Pete Malinverni Plays Leonard Bernstein,” earned chart-topping accolades. Widely heralded and acclaimed for his brilliant interpretations and arrangements of the Bernstein songbook. With such talented interpretations, the Tadd Dameron songbook is certainly in the good hands of Pete Malinverni on November 10th.
Pete Malinverni’s return to his hometown for the Art of Jazz Series concert on November 10 promises to be a night to remember. It’s a chance to celebrate an acclaimed jazz artist who has left an indelible mark on the New York City jazz scene since the 1980s. His enduring presence and contributions have shaped the very essence of jazz in the city that never sleeps.
Here is the Pete Malinverni Trio with the fabulous Anaïs Reno at Birdland in New York City:
For a truly incredible evening not only featuring Pete Malinverni but also the award-winning all-star gathering of 6-time Grammy® winner Gary Smulyan, baritone sax, Pete Malinverni, piano, Ugonna Ukegwo, bass, Matt Wilson, drums, and Anaïs Reno, vocals, get your season pass to the Art of Jazz Series and tickets for this special show. This show will be a rare live performance presentation of one of the most acclaimed studio projects of 2022.
For more details about this special concert, go here: Gary Smulyan, “Tadd’s All, Folks” ft. Anaïs Reno
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