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Jazz at the Taylor

While our beautiful Taylor Theater is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are pleased to announce that Jazz at the Taylor will still go on!

Jazz at the Taylor Presents Nixon, Croft & Goretti Celebrate the Music of Chick Corea on Saturday, May 15th at 7:00pm. 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.

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.

This concert is in person and can only be viewed by purchasing tickets to the show.

MARCH JAZZ AT THE TAYLOR: with Multi Dimensions Quartet

Multi Dimensions Quartet with vocalist Alex McArthur performing Jazz Classics and Modern Expressions featuring Bobby Militello on sax and flute, George Caldwell on piano, Sabu Adeyola on bass, and John Bacon on drums.

A celebrated group of Western New York Jazz musicians performing an evening of classic jazz and original compositions.  Members  have performed throughout WNY and beyond with Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Ahmad Jamal and Roswell Rudd.  Previous performances at Jazz at the Taylor, the Buffalo History Museum and Artpark have sold-out and excited audiences with compelling interpretations of jazz classics and new music. Join these masters of the art of jazz for a virtual concert in the comfort of your own home.

For $10, you will receive a link to watch and enjoy this concert in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.

Attention! Please call 716-433-2617 to purchase the link to this show. Please reference “JAZZ AT THE TAYLOR: WITH MULTI DIMENSIONS QUARTET” when calling. Once purchased, we will be sending your link within 24 hours (Business Days Only) of your purchase from blicata@kenancenter.org or cduersteler@kenancenter.org. If you did not receive your link, please check your junk mail inbox. Please email blicata@kenancenter.org with any questions. Thank you for your support!

FEBRUARY JAZZ AT THE TAYLOR: An Evening with Mary Ramsey & Friends

Jazz at the Taylor Presents: An Evening at Home with Mary Ramsey & Friends. Mary Ramsey has been the lead singer and violin/violist for the folk rock band 10,000 Maniacs for over 25 years.  The critically acclaimed band continues to tour and record, playing to sold out audiences coast to coast.  Mary is one of a rare breed of musicians whose talent and interests know no boundaries. She’s at home in the string section of a symphony orchestra, on stage in a theatrical production, serving as a studio musician, teaching her students and with her band members Stu Weissman, Marc Rosen and Ed Croft exploring the Great American Songbook of Jazz Standards, as well as Gypsy Jazz and Latin Jazz.  Two arch top guitars and an upright bass provide the perfect accompaniment for Mary’s elegant vocals and the unique way that she brings her classical training on violin and viola into the jazz repertoire.

For $10, you will receive a link to watch and enjoy this concert in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.

Attention! Please call 716-433-2617 to purchase the link to this show. Please reference “JAZZ AT THE TAYLOR: AN EVENING WITH MARY RAMSEY & FRIENDS” when calling.  Once purchased, we will be sending your link within 24 hours (Business Days Only) of your purchase from blicata@kenancenter.org or cduersteler@kenancenter.org. If you did not receive your link, please check your junk mail inbox. Please email blicata@kenancenter.org with any questions. Thank you for your support!

Sponsors

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“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.”

The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation

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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.