The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center welcomes smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist Najee. Grammy and NAACP award-winning, contemporary jazz pioneer Najee has been one of the brightest stars in jazz for close to four decades. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with many legends including Prince, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Herbie Hancock.
Jazz/R&B superstar sax player Boney James makes his anticipated return to the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center for the first time in four years. During his 30-year career, Boney has earned four Grammy nominations, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and a Soul Train Award, while a dozen of his albums have landed at #1 on
Classically trained hip-hop violinists Black Violin perform live at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 10, at 8:00 p.m. Black Violin members Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” The duo released their major
The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center presents Jonathan Butler’s “Oh Holy Night” Featuring Grace Kelly. Born in South Africa, singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler was the first non-white artist to be played on South African radio and appear on national television, and Nelson Mandela credited Butler’s music as having inspired him during his imprisonment. He
The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center presents R n R featuring jazz superstars Rick Braun and Richard Elliot. It was only a matter of time before these two award winning heavyweights of contemporary jazz teamed up to forge one of the most anticipated tours of the year. Scotland-born, Los Angeles-raised and Grammy nominated saxophonist Richard
Over the course of crafting a 20-album catalogue and architecting more than 30 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brian Culbertson has charted his own unique course in music. Label him jazz and he makes a funk record. Call him an R&B artist and he drops an acoustic jazz trio collection. Brand him
GRAMMY® Award winning contemporary Jazz/R&B superstar Norman Brown has sold over 2 million albums in his extraordinary career and virtually lives at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of eight. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s mind-bending rock sounds,
On March 27, the Performing Arts Center welcomes acclaimed violinist Damien Escobar on his "Elements of Love Tour". The NCAACP Image Award nominee and Billboard chart topping artist first got national recognition performing with his brother in the group "Nuttin but Stringz" on NBC's Americas Got Talent. He released his first solo album "Sensual Melodies"
The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center welcomes Peter White Christmas, with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala and Lindsey Webster on December 6. Jazz guitar legend Peter White's #1 songs on the Billboard Jazz chart include "Midnight in Manhattan" and "Bright," and his album Perfect Moment has won CD of the year at the Oasis Contemporary Jazz
On November 22 the Performing Arts Center welcomes Kim Waters with special guest Kayla Waters. Jazz saxophonist, composer and producer Kim Waters has scored more than a dozen #1 radio hits and has sold over a million albums. Kim has been a pioneer in melding jazz with R&B balladry into an unique urban jazz style.