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The JazzBuffalo Premier Jazz Series at Nichols Flickinger Performing Arts Center

JazzBuffalo is at it again. This time the fanatical jazz group is setting up a four concert jazz series featuring an array of award-winning jazz artists, with the initial concert kicking off in June of 2019, and the final concert wrapping up in March of 2020. The esteemed four-part concert series will take place at Nichols School, at The Glenn and Awdry Flickinger Performing Arts Center – the venue is touted for its “state-of-the-art quality acoustics and lighting in a professional theater-style setting.”

“The opportunity to bring to Buffalo internationally recognized jazz artists continues to put Buffalo on the map as a must-stop city for jazz artists to perform. We are extremely excited to host these concerts in the hidden gem of the Flickinger Performing Arts Center,” says Executive Director of JazzBuffalo, Tony Zambito. “The Glenn and Awdry Flickinger Performing Arts Center is a stand-alone state-of-the-art performance venue located on the campus of Nichols. The Nichols campus and complex are located at Amherst Street and Colvin Street across from Delaware Park in North Buffalo. The performance venue features high-quality acoustics and professional theater style seating. It is the current home for Nichols performance activities, BPO Chamber ensembles, Nigel Ballet, Metropolitan Opera auditions, and a variety of musical theater events. JazzBuffalo is excited to partner with the Nichols Flickinger Performing Arts facility to bring award-winning jazz artists to Buffalo!”

The four scheduled jazz concerts:

Veronica Swift with the Emmet Cohen Trio

Friday, June 28 at 8 pm

At age 25, American jazz vocalist Veronica Swift is now being recognized as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.

In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne.

Veronica (lead image) has been on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. She has appeared on stage with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Kim Nazarian, Danilo Perez, and others..

Emmet Cohen has just been awarded the prestigious 2019 Cole Porter Fellowship Award by the American Pianists Association.  A prize that includes a recording contract with Mack Records. and previously won by Sullivan Fortner, Aaron Diehl, and others. Cohen has performed or collaborated with Debbie Allen, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Lea DeLaria, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Ali Jackson, Bill T. Jones, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride, and Herlin Riley. Emmet’s Masters Legacy Series recordings with Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb and the legendary bassist, Ron Carter, have garnered worldwide recognition and acclaim.

Tickets: $29.75 Available at: eventbrite.com/e/veronica-swift-and-the-emmet-cohen-trio-tickets-59637148316

The Allison Au Quartet

Saturday, October 19 at 8 pm

Juno-award winning Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, Allison Au refuses to be defined. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison found music as a young child.

At just 27, Au earned her first Juno nomination for her debut album, “The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey”, and at 30 she seized the Juno for “Best Jazz Album of The Year: Group” for “Forest Grove.” The group was awarded the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship (2011), The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship (2012), and The Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship (2013) for three consecutive artist residencies at the Banff Centre.

Most recently the Allison Au Quartet has won the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Prix de Jazz, received the 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival Sting Ray Rising Star Award, and was named a 2017 Finalist for Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award. The Allison Au Quartet released their latest CD “Wander Wonder” in 2018 and received another Juno nomination for “Best Jazz Album and Group.”

This year, the Allison Au Quartet will make their debut at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as, at SF JAZZ.  In March of 2018, Allison Au was featured as one of the “10 RISING WOMEN INSTRUMENTALISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW” by SF JAZZ.

Tickets: $24.75 Available at: eventbrite.com/e/the-allison-au-quartet-tickets-61527641833

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

A Latin Jazz Christmas

Sunday, December 15 at 3 pm

3 times Grammy® Nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album, Jane Bunnett, and Maqueque, will appear with her all-female Cuban ensemble.  In the past few years, the groundbreaking all women band, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have forged a path in presented the sounds of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz to the world.  The band consists of an ensemble of Cuban female performers creating a vibrant sound made magical by the soprano saxophone of Jane Bunnett.

The ensemble received a Grammy® for their latest highly-acclaimed album, Oddara.  In September of 2019, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will release a new album.  Special guest on the upcoming album is Nikki Brown, the Sacred Steel Guitar sensation.

For this special concert, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will present Latin Jazz Christmas, which will also feature an appearance by Nikki Brown.  The ensemble will consist of some of the best female Cuban jazz artists assembled here in the US and in Canada.

Tickets: $24.75 (Student and Children Pricing Available) Available at: eventbrite.com/e/jane-bunnett-and-maqueque-a-latin-jazz-christmas-tickets-61946941971

The Tierney Sutton Band

Sunday, March 29 (2020) at 3 pm

The celebrated Tierney Sutton Band, helmed by eight-time GRAMMY® nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, has consistently topped the US jazz charts and garnered critical success thanks to their creative arrangements and rich and thematic discography. Most recently, the much-acclaimed “Sting Variations” album.  After 20-plus years and countless performances in some of the finest venues and festivals in the world, the Tierney Sutton Band has set their sights on the wide-ranging panorama of film music with “ScreenPlay.”

“ScreenPlay” spans the first century of American film music. The band gained firsthand experience in this idiom in 2016 when they were tapped by legendary director Clint Eastwood to score his hit film, Sully. The arrangements and Sutton’s readings of the songs are pure Tierney Sutton Band at the height of its powers, subtly illuminating and revolutionizing each classic, as well as introducing a few lesser-known gems.

The members of the Tierney Sutton Band is unique in that they have been together for 20 plus years.  The band features Tierney Sutton, vocals, Christian Jacob, piano, Trey Henry, bass, Kevin Axt, bass, and Ray Brinker, drums.  Their longevity has produced creative chemistry resulting in receiving a GRAMMY® nomination for each consecutive album.

Tickets: $29.75 Available at: eventbrite.com/e/the-tierney-sutton-band-tickets-60869130207


Tickets for each concert are now available online at JazzBuffalo.org and on EventBrite.

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