If you stop to think about it, the combination of art and jazz is a beautiful thing. Especially when you’re talking about combining Jon Nelson’s (owner of Pausa Art House) passion for top notch jazz musicians and the Albright Knox’s penchant for world renowned artists. Now art and jazz lovers can get a taste of both, with the gallery’s series The Art of Jazz, curated by Nelson.
“With Janne Siren’s appointment as Director of the Albright-Knox, the Gallery has undertaken a notably global view of art’s position in the public sphere,” said Nelson. “With new exhibits that explore multi media, art in public spaces, and new educational initiatives, Albright-Knox is reaching far beyond its walls to bring new forms of cultural influence to Western New York.
“As a performing musician, I have developed a similar perspective about music. The era of categorization has come to a close, and audiences are now seeking a more multi-cultural and multi-disciplined concert experience. The lines between what is jazz, classical, modern, and folk music blend into each another, resulting in new sounds that can not labeled as one style or another. This philosophy carries into my work as Artistic Director at Pausa Art House, and as Producer of The Art of Jazz at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
“My goal with The Art of Jazz is to present a roster of cutting edge musicians who explore diverse forms of music to Buffalo. Many artists will make their Buffalo debut this season, and I expect this to be the case in the future. Each of these concerts offers audience members the opportunity to hear an internationally recognized ensemble playing original music, that could not be experienced elsewhere in our community. In most cases, one would have to travel to New York City, pay a potentially high admission charge at a club, and compete with audience noise to hear these musicians. The Art of Jazz concerts have a European feel to them…a concert environment in which the performers are able to clearly present their art, and listeners may fully enjoy and appreciate a new live music experience.”
Dave Douglas Quintet
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7:30 pm
Yosvany Terry Quintet
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3 pm
David Sanford’s Pittsburgh Collective (lead image)
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3 pm
To learn more about the artists and the series, click here.
Individual concert tickets are $29 ($24 for AK Members). Season tickets for all four concerts are available at a discounted rate of $105 ($85 for AK Members). Tickets can be purchased at the AK Admissions Desk or online at tickets.albrightknox.org. Concerts often sell out in advance of each performance, so please order tickets early to avoid disappointment.
AK Members: In order to purchase tickets at the discounted AK Members rate, first click on tickets.albrightknox.org, then click on the “Member Login” button in the upper right corner, then log in using your email address as your username and your AK membership number as your password. For questions, or to purchase tickets by phone, please call 716.270.8292.
AK Café serves lunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm and will serve dinner before the concerts on Saturday, October 3, and Saturday, November 7. Reservations are essential; please call 716.270.8223.
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