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A Cole Porter Valentines featuring Konrad Paszkudski and Olivia Chindamo
Saturday, February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cole Porter and the Great American Songbook
JazzBuffalo is pleased to present award-winning Konrad Paskudski and Olivia Chindamo coming to the Canterbury Wood Performing Arts Center.
Saturday, February 17, 2024
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Do not miss two remarkable jazz artists who deliver a captivating program featuring the love songs of Cole Porter and the timeless classics of the Great American Songbook. A perfect night out and a way to celebrate the love spirit of Valentine’s Day.
After receiving his jazz piano education in his native Australia, Konrad Paszkudski relocated to the U.S. where he embarked on extensive tours alongside jazz legends such as trumpeter James Morrison and the John Pizzarelli Quartet. Within a span of just four years, he led over 1,000 performances.
Konrad will be joined by rising star jazz vocalist, Olivia Chindamo, one of the most promising young jazz vocalists in the jazz scene.
Both artists will celebrate their love for Cole Porter and the Great American Songbook in an evening of masterful piano musicianship and vocal mastery that delight in the lyrics of the famed composer. Don’t miss a captivating live performance of two of our next-generation premier jazz artists.
Hailed by Jazz Times as “a rising star pianist,” Australian-Polish musician Konrad Paszkudzki began his musical journey at the tender age of 15 when he began his studies at the University of Perth. He completed his undergraduate degree by 18 and swiftly established himself as a leading figure in the Australian jazz scene. Notably, he became the first pianist to win the James Morrison Scholarship in 2008, an accolade praised by James Morrison himself, who described Konrad as simply “Jazz.”
After relocating to the United States in 2009, Konrad obtained his master’s degree at the University of Miami, and he subsequently shared the stage with esteemed acts such as the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Jeff Hamilton Trio before making his home in New York. In the city that never sleeps, he led the house trio at New York’s 54 Below and joined the John Pizzarelli Quartet in 2013. Over the years, Konrad has graced the stage in over 1,000 performances with Pizzarelli, participating in extensive tours across Asia, Brazil, Canada, and Europe. He has performed at prestigious venues and jazz clubs worldwide, including New York’s Café Carlyle, Bemelman’s, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Standard, and Dizzy’s Club CocaCola. He has also left his mark on stages like DC’s Blues Alley, The Palm Beach Colony, Jazz Alley, The Venetian Room, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s.
Olivia Chindamo, an Australian-born and New York City-based jazz vocalist, boasts a unique voice that effortlessly carries stories and melodies with exceptional integrity, honesty, and musicianship. Recognized for her technical vocal control, textural versatility, and scatting prowess, Chindamo’s musicianship merges elements from the old and new. Graduating as a Master of Music in 2021 from The Juilliard School, she carved history as the institution’s first-ever jazz voice graduate student.
With an ardent love for improvisation, Olivia’s musical journey harmonizes an expanding knowledge of jazz history with her contemporary sensibilities, showcasing impressive technique control and versatile textures. She’s performed extensively in renowned New York venues such as the Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club, The Lincoln Center, and Birdland Jazz Club, alongside international tours, including her recent European tour. Acknowledged for her contributions as a jazz division representative and Gluck Fellowship leader at Juilliard, she was honored with the Joseph W. Polisi prize for “Artist as Citizen.”
Before relocating to Brooklyn, Chindamo earned the 2016 Bell Award as Australia’s best young jazz artist. Her move to New York has solidified her reputation as one of the most promising young singers in the scene.
Together, these two remarkable artists make the music of the Great American Songbook an emotional experience for audiences worldwide.