Jazz stars Ethan Iverson and Tom Harrell unite on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall

Ethan Iverson and Tom Harrell will perform as part of “The Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic”. (Image courtesy of Kleinhans Music Hall)

Mon March 28, 2022 10:05 AM

April 8, 8 p.m., Mary Seaton Hall

Ethan Iverson and Tom Harrell – two of modern jazz’s greatest leaders – will perform as part of the “Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic” series at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall . The duo will explore the classic, direct repertoire that has made New York City the jazz capital of the world, as heard on their recent album “Common Practice” (ECM), recorded live at the legendary Village Vanguard.

Pianist, composer and writer, Iverson is one of the founding members of The Bad Plus. The group appeared as part of the “Art of Jazz” series in 2004 – their first major concert appearance outside of New York – and quickly became one of the most successful and acclaimed jazz bands in the world. criticism of the last decades.

His deep reverence for jazz history is reflected in his recent musical collaborations with former statesmen Ron Carter and Billy Hart, as well as his award-winning writing for the New Yorker and his blog “Do The Math”. His debut album for Blue Note Records – ‘Every Note Is True’ – was recently released to widespread acclaim, cementing Iverson’s reputation as a ‘master of melody’ (DownBeat).

Harrell, recently named “Jazz Trumpeter of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association, is one of the most dynamic and lyrical instrumentalists of our time. With a sound described as “ultra-sleek” by acclaimed critic Howard Reich, multiple Grammy-nominated Harrell has been heard on nearly 300 recordings as a leader and accompanist over five decades, while working with countless personalities. important in the history of jazz, including Stan Kenton. , Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Jim Hall and Charlie Haden.

Series producer Bruce Eaton said, “This will be Harrell’s first performance in Buffalo – a notable landmark for the ‘Art of Jazz’ series and an opportunity to hear firsthand why his work is revered. in the whole world.”

With the Albright-Knox Art Gallery closing for expansion, the museum’s long-running “Art of Jazz” series has found a temporary new home in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. Produced by series founder Eaton, the rebranded “Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic” series is internationally recognized for featuring an array of the world’s finest jazz artists and has been heralded as “the most successful musical series of its genre in the history of western New York”. (Buffalo News).

The series is made possible through the support of Buffalo City Council Member David Rivera.

Eaton produces “The Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic” series with associate producer Tony Zambito. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and JazzBuffalo.org serve as promotional partners for the series.

Catherine Russell

The series will end with 2020 Grammy nominee Catherine Russell for Best Jazz Vocal, whose recent album, “Alone Together,” topped the 2019 jazz charts. On the album, she “puts her joyful stamp on the great collection of African-American songs from the swing era”. Russell performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13.


Tickets for the “Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic” series at Kleinhans Music Hall are on sale now. Pricing is $34 for the general public and $29 for all BPO subscribers and Albright-Knox members, plus fees. Seating in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans is general admission.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 716-885-5000, visit kleinhansbuffalo.org, or stop by the Kleinhans box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

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