JazzBuffalo is excited to serve as the promotional partner for the premier jazz series - Art of Jazz. The series is currently hosted and presented by Kleinhans Music Hall. For 20 years, the series has brought emerging jazz artists and jazz legends to Buffalo. The series is curated and produced by Tony Zambito, founder and Executive Director of JazzBuffalo.

During the past 20-plus years, Art of Jazz has earned a reputation as one of the premier jazz series in North America. Join us for an exciting season focused on the art of composing in jazz.  Some of the best artists, composers, and arrangers in jazz will present unique musical projects that will feature Grammy® winners and nominees as well as competition winners in four riveting performances.

Art of Jazz series producer Tony Zambito said, “I am very excited about the upcoming season where we focus on the art of composing in jazz.  We’ll have four thrilling performances that will be unique to the series.  Including a special command performance of music only heard at Jazz at Lincoln Center honoring Chick Corea.  The series will offer new compositions and arrangements from Grammy nominees and winners.  Some of the leading artists in jazz will be making their first appearance in Buffalo such as Marquis Hill. They’re looking forward to bringing the Art of Jazz to life for the audience.”

Artists and dates for the series are:

  • Amina Figarova Sextet – Friday, November 11 at 8 pm
  • Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience – Sunday, February 5 at 3 pm
  • Miguel Zenón Quartet – Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm
  • Marquis Hill – Friday, April 14 at 8 pm

The Art of Jazz Series is curated and produced by Tony Zambito.  Tony succeeds Bruce Eaton, who served illustriously for twenty years, as the primary curator and producer.  We thank Bruce for his contributions to establishing Art of Jazz as a premier series.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and JazzBuffalo (jazzbuffalo.org) are promotional partners for Art of Jazz 2022/2023.

Subscriptions to the full 4-concert series are on sale now through the Kleinhans Music Hall box office. Subscribers get a 10% discount; BPO subscribers and members of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery receive a 20% discount.

Subscriptions to the series are:

$126 regular adult

$112 AKAG Member / BPO Subscriber

 

 

Single tickets are on sale now:

$35 regular adult / $20 student

$30 AKG Member / BPO Subscriber

Handling and facility fees apply.

 

The 2022-2023 Art of Jazz Series season is as follows:

Art of Jazz | Amina Figarova Sextet

Friday, November 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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Hailing from the country of Azerbaijan, the New York-based Amina Figarova is an internationally recognized composer, pianist, and bandleader. Those three roles come to the forefront in Figarova’s sextets, bands with remarkable chemistry that brings her detailed arrangements to life. Every member of the group stands out as a first-rate individual, but their dedication to Figarova’s eclectic and powerful compositions gives the group its depth of feeling and elite status. The Amina Figarova Sextet has been a hit at…

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Art of Jazz | Elio Villafranca and the Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience

Sunday, February 5, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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Chick Corea was quoted in a 2019 Billboard interview as saying, “That flavor, I find, is mostly in everything I do; it’s a part of me.” As we celebrate jazz icon Chick Corea, who tragically passed away in February 2021, Grammy Nominated Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca will delve into the maestro’s compositions from a distinctly Afro-Caribbean meets Jazz perspective, joined by a sextet of master musicians including Grammy winner saxophonist Donny McCaslin. When Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a week-long…

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Art of Jazz | Miguel Zenón Quartet

Sunday, March 12, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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9-time Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.  His projects have consistently topped the Downbeat Critic’s Poll.  Born and…

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Art of Jazz | Marquis Hill – New Gospel Revisited

Friday, April 14, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kleinhans Music Hall3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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Marquis Hill New Gospel Revisited Friday, April 14 at 8 pm New Gospel Revisited is the most recent musical project from the fearless and formidable American composer and trumpeter Marquis Hill. It involved the capturing of a live recording that revisits and reinterprets his debut 2012 album New Gospel, this time round employing a band of super-heavyweight musicians.  Marquis Hill’s rise over the last few years has been striking and there’s no letting up. Since winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Composition…

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