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Buffalo Jazztet Performs "Tidings & Comfort & Jazz" at Kenan Center
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Buffalo Jazztet Performs "Tidings & Comfort & Jazz" at Kenan Center

The Buffalo Jazztet will perform a special evening of holiday-themed music at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  “Tidings of Comfort & Jazz” is the fourth concert in the Kenan Center’s 50th Anniversary Jazz Series, featuring jazz players and recording artists who are well respected on a national level. The show begins at 7:30 PM in the Taylor Theater, a 153-seat converted carriage house on the Center’s campus at 433 Locust Street, Lockport, providing an intimate, club-like atmosphere. The concert will feature two full sets of music. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $20 general public; $15 members, and can be purchased at the Kenan Center Business Office, online at Ticketleap, or by calling 433-2617 to charge by phone.

The Buffalo Jazztet, led by trumpeter Mark Filsinger, features Bobby Militello on alto saxophone, John Hasselback on trombone, pianist George Caldwell, bassist Jim Colemon, and John Bacon on drums.  This marks the third concert appearance at the Taylor Theater for Filsinger, Militello and Bacon who performed to packed houses over the course of the 50th Anniversary Jazz Series.

“Tidings of Comfort & Jazz” will feature seasonal standards, classic Christmas carols and other holiday favorites.  From the popular “Charlie Brown” compositions by Vince Guaraldi to Irving Berlin’s classic, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” to Bob Wells and Mel Torme’s romantic “A Christmas Song,” all of the music will showcase jazz arrangements created by the Jazztet.  

The 50th Anniversary Jazz Series was conceived and co-produced by Kathleen Rooney, co-founder of The Carriage House Players, a group presenting plays as well as musical performances at the Taylor Theater in collaboration with the Kenan Center. “Audiences have really responded to these wonderful evenings of music in our intimate Taylor Theater,” said Kenan Center Executive Director, Susan Przybyl. “I’m happy to announce we will continue presenting jazz at the Taylor Theater in 2018.”

Bringing a series of live performances to the Taylor Theater has been the mission of Kathleen Rooney, who produced the jazz series and is a co-founder of The Carriage House Players.  “Growing up in Lockport, the Kenan Center was a magical place where I was exposed to theater, art and music of all kinds,” said Rooney.  “It’s been a pleasure to see the Taylor Theater filled with first-timers as well as audiences who’ve supported the arts since the Center’s inception.”

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