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Jazz Master Donald Harrison to Bring the Sounds of New Orleans to the Albright-Knox’s Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series

April 17, 2012

Buffalo, NY – New Orleans jazz master Donald Harrison will appear with his quartet as part of the 20112012 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Saturday, April 28, at 8 pm in the Gallery’s Auditorium. A pre-concert film by Royce Osborn, All on a Mardi Gras Day, will begin at 7 pm.

Described as musical category unto himself, alto saxophonist and “Big Easy” cultural warrior Donald Harrison is a proven master of many genres of American music: cutting-edge, modern New York jazz; driving and smooth “Nouveau Swing”; and straight-up New Orleans funky, second-line rhythms. Since first appearing on the international jazz scene in the 1980s alongside Terence Blanchard in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Harrison has been heard with icons like Miles Davis, Ron Carter, Dr. John, and Lena Horne. He has also led his own influential groups, which have served as incubators for artists like Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut, and Esperanza Spalding. For this performance, his band will feature several of the most acclaimed musicians to emerge from New Orleans in recent years: drummer Joe Dyson, bassist Max Moran, and pianist Zaccai Curtis.

Aspects of Harrison’s life and music have been chronicled in David Simon’s groundbreaking HBO series Treme, with Harrison appearing as himself and serving as music consultant on the project.  As an evacuee and survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Harrison also appears in Spike Lee’s HBO special When the Levees Broke.

This concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Weissman Family Foundation.

Tickets are $25 for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Members and $29 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the Gallery’s Admissions Desk or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

The Gallery’s AK café will be open for dinner on Saturday, April 28, before the concert. For reservations, please call 716.270.8223.

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