PERFORMANCES IN THE TAYLOR THEATER
MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows
Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. See the Calendar for upcoming 2018 dates. Click here to visit their website.
Our second year of jazz performances will feature six concerts in the Taylor Theater, a 153-seat converted carriage house on the Center’s campus that provides an intimate, club-like atmosphere. All concerts feature two full sets of music with refreshments available.
Individual tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public, and may be purchased online at Ticketleap, 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.
Mark Filsinger Quintet Plays the Chet Baker Songbook,
March 24, 2018, 7:30 PM
The Kenan Center presents the music of legendary trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker performed by the Mark Filsinger Quintet at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, March 24, 2018. This is the second of six programs in the popular Jazz at The Taylor concert series.
Trumpeter Filsinger will lead an all-star quintet featuring New York City-based alto saxophonist, Bill Todd. The group will perform iconic jazz standards recorded by Chet Baker during his impressive 38-year career, including “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” “Like Someone in Love,” and “My Funny Valentine.”
Filsinger is a staple of the WNY jazz scene. A performer, composer and educator, he is artistic director of the Buffalo Jazz Collective and assistant professor of music at SUNY Buffalo State. Early in his development, Filsinger studied Baker’s repertoire and melodic approach to improvising. He models much of his style after Baker and looks forward to paying homage to one of his musical heroes.
According to jazz series producer, Kathleen Rooney, the public is encouraged to purchase tickets early, as concerts have been selling-out in advance. “We have been attracting audiences from all over the region,” said Kenan Center Executive Director, Susan Przybyl. “Our central location is convenient for fans from Erie, Niagara, Monroe, Orleans and Genesee counties. The response has been phenomenal.”
Finger Poppin’ — The Legacy of Horace Silver with The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop
May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM
The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop will perform music inspired by the legendary jazz composer, Horace Silver at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, June 19, 2018. Finger Poppin’ — The Legacy of Horace Silver is the third in a series of six programs in the Jazz at The Taylor concert series, produced by Kathleen Rooney in collaboration with the Kenan Center. The show begins at 7:30 PM in the converted carriage house on the Kenan Center’s campus, providing an intimate, club-like atmosphere. The concert features two full sets of music with refreshments available.
Pianist Horace Silver, who would have turned 90 this year, was one of the most celebrated and influential composers of the back-to-basics, hard bop era. His distinctive tunes featured direct, memorable melodies, rhythmic and melodic hooks, and clear song forms, all informed by the blues. Silver expanded his compositional palette by incorporating soul, gospel, Latin, and later, rock influences into his writing. He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 1995 and received a President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy in 2005.
The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop will celebrate this musical innovator with an evening of original compositions influenced by and responding to Silver’s legacy. The Workshop is a sextet bringing together some of Buffalo’s best jazz musicians to focus on the art of small group composition.
The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop is Kelly Bucheger, alto & tenor saxophones; Tim Clarke, trumpet & flugel; Jared Tinkham, guitar; Alec Dube, vibes; Joe Goehle, bass; John Bacon, drums. Bacon, Clarke, and Dube are this year’s JazzBuffalo poll winners on their instruments; Bucheger, past winner for his group What Would Mingus Do? has also delighted audiences at the Taylor Theater.
On bringing this accomplished sextet to the Jazz at The Taylor series, Bucheger said “the Taylor Theater is my favorite new space for jazz in Western New York — a beautiful, intimate, and inspiring setting with great sound: a real gem!”
Individual tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public, and may be purchased online at Ticketleap, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone. 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. For further information, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.
Upcoming dates and performances:
June 23: Born to be Wild – The Buffalo Jazz Octet Plays the Music of 1968 and More
October 6: Alec Dube Quartet Plays Tribute to The Modern Jazz Quartet
December 1: The Ed Croft Trio’s Comfort & Jazz Holiday Show