Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic Series – 3 Concerts Series
Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
One event on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm
One event on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm
With the impending two-year hiatus of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for expansion, the museum’s long-running Art of Jazz series will find a temporary new home in 2020 in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. The series will be rechristened as the Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic series. During the past two decades, the series has become internationally renowned for presenting a dazzling array of the world’s most celebrated jazz artists.
The concerts for the inaugural Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic series are:
Christian Sands High Wire Trio Sunday, February 2, 2020, 3 p.m.
Five-time Grammy-nominee and Creative Ambassador for the Erroll Garner Jazz Project, the dynamic pianist Christian Sands pays tribute to Erroll Garner, beloved for Concert by the Sea, one of the top-selling albums in jazz history; his classic ballad “Misty;” and acclaimed as “the man for whom the piano was invented” (Newsweek). Formerly featured in the Christian McBride Trio, Sands and his High Wire Trio dazzle audiences with their fresh take on the genius of Erroll Garner.
Ethan Iverson & Tom Harrell Duo Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3 p.m.
2 p.m. Pre-concert conversation: The Legacy of Norman Granz
Series producer Bruce Eaton and award-winning journalist Ethan Iverson discuss the legacy of the impresario who used jazz to fight for racial justice.
Two of the leading lights of modern jazz unite to explore the classic jazz repertoire as heard on their current live recording Common Practice (ECM). A founding member of the Bad Plus, one of the most successful and groundbreaking jazz groups of the 21st century, pianist Ethan Iverson is a restless visionary with a deep respect for jazz history. Tom Harrell, recently voted 2018 Trumpeter of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, is one of the most creative and lyrical jazz artists of our time, with a discography of over 280 recordings that spans more than five decades.
Catherine Russell Sunday, April 26, 2020, 3 p.m.
2 p.m. Pre-concert conversation: Take Me Back to Harlem
Series producer Bruce Eaton explores the neglected history of jazz in Harlem.
“One of the outstanding singers of our time” (Wall Street Journal), Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell is the rarest of entities – a genuine jazz and blues vocalist who puts her joyful stamp on the great African American songbook from the Swing Era and beyond. The daughter of Luis Russell, pianist and music director for the immortal Louis Armstrong, Catherine has toured around the world as a featured performer with Steely Dan, Paul Simon, and David Bowie and been awarded the prestigious Prix Du Jazz Vocal by the French Jazz Academy.
Pricing is $34 for the general public and $29 for all BPO subscribers and Albright-Knox members, plus fees. A 3-concert subscription package is also available, priced at $92 for the general public and $74 for all BPO subscribers and Albright-Knox members, plus fees. Seating in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans is general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets or a subscription, call (716) 885-5000, visit kleinhansbuffalo.org, or stop by the Kleinhans Box Office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.