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Jazz at the Taylor

The critically acclaimed Jazz at the Taylor series is back for 2019, featuring 8 concerts in the beautiful Taylor Theater. 

We have a diverse group of some of the finest jazz performers from Western New York and beyond who have played with internationally renown recording artists such as Aretha Franklin, Dave Brubeck, Lady Gaga, Moby, Nancy Wilson and many more.

2019 Concert Schedule

All shows take place at the Taylor Theater and begin at 7:30PM.

June 15th – Get tickets here!

The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop
New Works & Original Compositions

October 5th – Get tickets here!

Star People
Star People Plays the Music of Miles Davis “Ascenseur pour l’echafaud”

November 9th – Get tickets here!

The Buffalo Improv Collective
Inflections & Innuendoes 

December 7th – Get tickets here!

Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop
Ruins Christmas


Individual tickets |$15 member |$20 for the general public

Students and/or 18 and under | $10 with valid student I.D.

All concerts feature two full sets of music with refreshments available. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketleap below, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone at 716-433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended


“Program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.”

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Critically Acclaimed Jazz @ the Taylor Announces Line-up for 2019
Discounted 8 concert series package available thru Feb 9

LOCKPORT, NY: Entering its third season, the Kenan Center is pleased to announce Jazz @ the Taylor as an eight concert series featuring some of the finest musicians from Western New York and beyond.  Produced in collaboration with Kathleen Rooney, a former Kenan Center board member and Lockport native, our adventurous jazz series is attracting critical acclaim and audiences from all over the region.  In 2019, in addition to presenting eight distinctly diverse evenings of music, we are also offering a significant savings for those who wish to purchase a series package.  For $100, patrons will receive admission to all eight concerts – which normally sell for $20 per ticket (general admission) and $15 for Kenan Center members.


“The more tickets we can sell in advance, the less we need to spend on promotion and can put towards presenting the music,” said Rooney. “This substantial season discount is a strategic move toward that goal. There will also be $10 tickets for anyone 18 years of age and under or with a valid college I.D., making these concerts the perfect way to introduce young people to live jazz,” she added.


The series kicks off on February 9, 2019 with the Bobby Militello Quartet playing the music of Chick Corea and Dave Brubeck.  With Bobby on sax, the band includes Bobby Jones on keyboards, John Bacon on drums, and Jim Coleman on bass. Tunes will be selected from Brubeck’s 1959 iconic masterpiece, “Time Out” and Corea’s 1978 recording, “Friends.”  Bobby also entertains with personal stories of his days in the famed Brubeck band.


On March 9, 2019, the Buffalo Jazz Collective featuring James Burton III will take the stage.  The award-winning eleven-piece group will be performing jazz standards and original compositions by leader, Mark Filsinger.  For this special performance, the group will feature NYC-based trombonist, James Burton III, a member of the jazz faculty at both Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.  He has performed and recorded alongside many jazz legends including Tony Bennett, Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Ron Carter and pop stars Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Usher.  He co-leads the Uptown Tentet, one of New York’s top jazz groups.  The Buffalo Jazz Collective includes Lisa Hasselback on piano; Jim Coleman on bass; Bobby Militello on alto sax; Harry Fackelman on baritone sax; Dave Schiavone, tenor sax; Dennis Tribuzzi, Mark Filsinger and John Hasselback III on trombones; John Bacon on drums; and John Hasselback II, on trombone.


April 13, 2019 features the popular Ed Croft Trio, with Ed on bass, Nelson Rivera on sax and drummer extraordinaire, Joe Goretti.  This trio wowed audiences at the recent holiday concert, Tidings of Comfort & Jazz, and will feature the music of the legendary Sonny Rollins Trio.  Croft is a multi-award winning bassist who performs in numerous venues throughout Western New York. Rivera is a respected educator in addition to working as a studio musician, DJ, percussionist and as part of numerous jazz groups and ensembles. Joe Goretti is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.  His resume includes both live performances and world tours, with TV credits including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show.


The Dave Schiavone Quintet will make its inaugural performance at the Taylor on May 4, 2019 with the music of Stan Getz and the Brazilian composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim.  Their collaboration from the early 1960s popularized the samba influence in jazz with hits like “Girl from Ipanema,” “One Note Samba,” and “Desafinado.”  Schiavone has performed and toured around the world with artists including Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Woody Herman and Nancy Wilson. He has also been a music faculty member at SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo State, Canisius and Villa Maria colleges.


June 15, 2019. Star People returns to perform the Music of Miles Davis’ “Ascenseur pour l’echafaud”, the 1957 soundtrack to the Louis Malle film of the same name. Members of Star People include Bobby Militello on saxes and flute; Andy Weinzler, saxophone; Tim Clarke, trumpet; George Caldwell, piano; Joe Goehle, bass; and John Bacon on drums.  Their performances at the Taylor and elsewhere have earned them sold-out houses and standing ovations.


The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop will perform an evening of new works and original compositions on October 5, 2019.  This super-group features some of the finest musicians and educators in the region and includes Tim Clarke, trumpet; Kelly Bucheger, saxophones; Nelson Rivera, saxophones and percussion; Jared Tinkham, guitar; Alec Dube, vibraphone; and John Bacon on drums.


The Buffalo Improv Collective brings an entirely new program that melds jazz and classical music on November 9, 2019.  “Inflections & Innuendoes” brings together celebrated musicians and composers Jonathan Golove on cello, Leanne Darling on viola, Alec Dube on vibraphone and Kelly Bucheger on saxophones.  Both Dube and Bucheger have led groups at the Taylor in the past, and this new collaboration with Golove and Darling takes improvisation to a new level.  Cellist/composer Golove is a member of the critically acclaimed Baird Trio and serves as Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music.  He has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and as a guest artist with the Cassatt Quartet and the Cleveland Octet.   Leanne Darling holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries for an often-underused instrument.  Her unique solo viola compositions use the entire scope of her instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sound effects.  This group promises an evening of chamber jazz, beauty and surprises.


Rounding out the 2019 Jazz @ the Taylor series, the Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop “Ruins Christmas” on December 7th with new and reimagined traditional music for the holidays. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the group will offer its own spin on holiday music, with many of the Taylor’s favorite musicians being featured. They are Tim Clarke (trumpet), Kelly Bucheger (alto and tenor saxophones), Nelson Rivera (soprano and tenor saxophones), Jared Tinkham (guitar), Alec Dube (vibraphone), Joe Goehle (bass) and John Bacon (drums).  The Taylor’s annual holiday jazz show is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and the perfect way to ring in the spirit of the season.


The eight concert series tickets may be purchased for $100 through February 9, 2019.  Individual tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public and tickets for students 18 and under or with valid college I.D. are also available. All may be purchased online at www.kenancenter.org, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone. All concerts take place at 7:30PM inside the Taylor Theater on the Kenan Center Campus. For further information, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617.  Because seating is limited, advance tickets are always recommended.



The Kenan Center, one of the premier facilities in the Buffalo Niagara region for arts, education and recreation programming, was established in 1967. The Kenan Center Campus is home to the Kenan House, the Kenan Arena, the Education Building which houses the Montessori preschool, and the Taylor Theater. For more information about the Kenan Center, visit www.kenancenter.org.

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