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Jazz at the Taylor Presents Nixon, Croft & Goretti Celebrate the music of Chick Corea @ Taylor Theater, Kenan Center
May 15 @ 7:30 pm

For the first time since COVID-19 began, we welcome you into the Taylor Theater on Saturday, May 15th at 7:30pm.

Jazz at the Taylor Presents Nixon, Croft & Goretti Celebrate the Music of Chick Corea on Saturday, May 15th at 7:30pm. For the first time since COVID-19 began, we welcome you into the Taylor Theater to listen to wonderful music performed by a trio of highly accomplished musicians. Nixon, Croft and Goretti is a modern jazz piano trio dedicated to original compositions, as demonstrated by their debut album IN CONGRUENCE (2021). The group features pianist/composer Andrew Nixon, bassist Ed Croft and drummer Joe Goretti.

Tickets are $15 Kenan Members l $20 Not Yet a Kenan Member. This event is near capacity. Please call 716.433.2617 to reserve your tickets.

Andrew Nixon
After several years playing in rock and blues bands, Andrew Nixon discovered jazz in 2006 and began studying with pianist/composer Paul Hofmann (MHRRecords, Eastman School of Music). He went on to earn a master’s degree in music theory in 2012 from the University of Buffalo, where he also studied classical piano and composition. He has since led groups performing at the CMC Jazz Festival, Queen City Jazz Festival and Northwest Jazz Festival. This is Andrew’s first time at the Taylor!

Joe Goretti
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. He has previously performed with the Ed Croft Trio at the Taylor.

Ed Croft
Ed Croft has been named the winner in the JazzBuffaloPoll  for Upright Bass, as well as the 2019 Rising Star and John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year awards.  He has performed at the Jazz at the Taylor series since its inception as both a leader and in a variety of ensembles.

The trio will be doing tunes from the Chick Corea album “Now He Sings, Now he Sobs” as well as classics such as Spain, Armando’s Rhumba, Humpty Dumpty and more.  The group will also include some original material as well.

About Chick Corea

Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and now the electro/acoustic Vigil.

His extensive discography boasts numerous albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. On February 9, 2021 Chick passed away from a rare form of cancer. He is a 25-Time Grammy-Winning Jazz Legend, Pianist and Composer.

More information about Chick, his career and his accolades can be found at https://chickcorea.com.


Per New York State, “Beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance.” Mask-wearing, health screening and temperature scans are required of all patrons. Only 50 tickets are available (33% of Taylor Theater’s capacity), through advance reservations only. Paired seating purchases are required. You will need to purchase seats in twos and you will need to sit with the person you purchased your ticket with. Groups of three or more are encouraged to arrive when doors open to ensure seating in close proximity to each other, however seating together is not guarenteed.


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