Chris Botti joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday, February, 13th at 8 pm. His outstanding performance of the National Anthem on Monday Night Football last fall brought new accolades to this astounding artist who returns to the BPO with his unique fusion of rock, pop and jazz. A major artist in his own right, performing worldwide, selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.
Jazz Events Calendar
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Robert Cray will perform on Friday, February 19th at 8 pm in the Turning Stone Resort & Casino Showroom. Open ears and an open mind are the essence of singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray’s approach to writing, recording and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, festivals, concert halls, and arenas around the world. There are five Grammys with Cray’s name on them, and he has a suitcase full of W.C. Handy blues awards. Cray was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Béla Fleck will appear with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday, February 26th at 8 pm. Béla Fleck is the premier banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings. In 2011, Béla wrote his first stand-alone banjo concerto, on commission with the Nashville Symphony. This work, entitled “The Impostor,” is to be performed during his appearance with Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform in Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State on Saturday, February 27th at 8 pm. Husband and wife banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the intricate art of the duet with two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, singing, and playing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to take audiences on a captivating musical journey using seven different banjos. They take the instrument into unusual territory like funk, jazz and classical while blending Appalachian folk and bluegrass elements.
Pink Martini will perform on Saturday, March 12th at 8 pm in the Kleinhans Music Hall. The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, includi ng Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Japanese legend Hiroshi Wada, Italian actress and songwriter Alba Clemente, DJ Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti, Faith Prince, Mamie Van Doren, the original cast of Sesame Street, the Bonita Vista High School Marching Band of Chula Vista, California, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the Pacific Youth Choir of Portland, Oregon. Singer Storm Large began performing with Pink Martini in March 2011, when China Forbes took a leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Forbes made full recovery and now both she and Large continue performing with Pink Martini.
The Bad Plus w/Joshua Redman will perform on Friday, April 22nd at 8 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State. As though it was always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds their fated fourth member in collaborator, saxophonist, and longtime friend Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of David King, Reid Anderson, and Ethan Iverson — pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes the supergroup best: “It’s as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It’s like that.”
Janis Siegel will perform with the CNY Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, May 4th at 4 pm at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel. Vocalist Janis Siegel had been a member of the the Manhattan Transfer since 1972, she has also built a successful solo career since 1982. Siegel’s first album as a leader, Experiment in White established her solo credentials, while the follow-up, At Home, earned a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocal. Siegel began the first of several collaborations with pianist/composer Fred Hersch on 1989’s Short Stories. The duo relied less on standards and concentrated instead on modern pop songs by singer songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Marvin Gaye and James Taylor. By 1994’s Slow Hot Winds and the Tender Trap from 1999, Siegel had developed an eclectic showcase that blended several decades of popular songs. In 2000 Siegel signed with the Telarc label and released I Wish You Love in 2002 and Friday Night Special in 2003. Both discs feature contributions from top jazz musicians including Joey De Francesco, Houston Person, David Fathead Newman, Tom Harrell and Cedar Walton. She followed up these successes with an 2004 album, (Sketches of Broadway,) that featured her interpretations of lesser-known show tunes. All the while she remained a vital member of the Manhattan Transfer. A Thousand Beautiful Things from 2006 was a ambitious collection of modern pop songs arranged in an assortment of Latin styles.
Boney James will perform in the Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State on Wednesday, May 4th at 8 pm. Four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling saxophonist Boney James has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. His latest studio release, futuresoul, which follows on the heels of his 2014 Grammy-nominated album The Beat, fuses his love for vintage soul with mastery of modern production. futuresoul debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Current Jazz Charts as well as #41 on the Current Albums Chart. Boney’s highest debut ever!
John Pizzarelli will preform on Saturday, May 14th at 8 pm at the Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State. Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing.