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Kenan Center Presents Holiday Jazz Concerts
Kenan Center Presents Holiday Jazz Concerts

The Kenan Center will present ”Tidings of Comfort & Jazz,” two nights of traditional holiday music re-imagined by jazz quintet, What Would Mingus Do?,  December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater in Lockport. The concerts will feature two 45-minute sets. Wine and beer will be served. Tickets are $15 general public/$10 for Kenan members and can be purchased at the Kenan Center or by calling 433-2617. Tickets will also be available at the door. This unprecedented program of jazz interpretations of holiday tunes will launch a new collaboration between the Kenan Center and Carriage House Players.

What Would Mingus Do? features leader Kelly Bucheger, alto & tenor saxophones; Mark Filsinger, trumpet & flugelhorn; Jared Tinkham, guitar; Joe Goehle, bass and Alec Dube, drums.

Founded about 10 years ago by the award-winning saxophonist and composer Kelly Bucheger, What Would Mingus Do? elbowed its way into the Buffalo jazz scene with a novel approach: instead of serving up the standards and Real Book fare that made up the bulk of a typical jazz group’s set list, WWMD focused on original material, playing nothing but music written by its members.

For this set of concerts at Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater,  What Would Mingus Do? is trying something special and unprecedented for them: using their “air of fun and playfulness” and “killer sense of swing” (Buffalo News) to reinterpret familiar Christmas and holiday music. Expect to hear beloved seasonal favorites with a swinging, hard bop twist!

The Taylor Theater is a 153-seat converted carriage house that began presenting plays, films, music and other performances in 1969. It is located on the Kenan Center campus at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY.  For further information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617.

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