With the impending closure 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. Produced by series founder Bruce Eaton, the rechristened Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic series is internationally renowned for presenting a dazzling array of the world’s premier jazz artists and has been heralded as “the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history” (Buffalo News). Series producer Eaton notes, “Kleinhans has a rich jazz history going back to the 1940s and 1950s when it was a regular stop on the Jazz at the Philharmonic tours that brought artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, and Charlie Parker to Buffalo. It’s exciting to be able add a new chapter to this distinguished legacy.”
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.
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.
Commenting on the series, Kleinhans Music Hall Director Daniel Hart notes “We are very pleased to be able to give this outstanding jazz series a home at Kleinhans while the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is under construction. The jazz audience is enthusiastic and dedicated so we welcome them with open arms. Bruce Eaton always does a spectacular job with the line-up and this year will be no exception. I am personally looking forward to the concerts. Additionally, it is always nice to work in partnership with our colleagues at the museum; their Deputy Director Joe-Lin Hill has made this a very easy transition.”
Tickets to the Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic series at Kleinhans Music Hall go on sale October 7, 2019. 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.
Prior to the three 2020 performances at Kleinhans, the Art of Jazz Series will conclude at the Albright-Knox on with the Bill Charlap Trio on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8 p.m. Charlap, a recent Grammy Award winner for his duo recording with Tony Bennett and a master of the Great American Songbook, leads “one of the best piano trios ever” (The Guardian). For tickets and more information, visit www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz or phone (716) 270-8292.
Promotional partnership for the Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic series is provided by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Additional promotional support is provided by jazzbuffalo.org.