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Acclaimed Vocalist Gretchen Parlato to Perform as Part of 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox on May 4

April 24, 2013

Buffalo, NY – The 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will present acclaimed jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato in her first area appearance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Saturday, May 4, at 8 pm. A pre-concert conversation, “Los Angeles Jazz: The Hot and Cool,” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton will take place at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for Gallery Members and $29 for non-members, and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk, by phone at 716.270.8292, or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

Gretchen Parlato, a native of Los Angeles and the winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, has been lauded as “the most original jazz singer in a generation” (The Boston Globe). Parlato’s 2011 release The Lost and Found (ObliqSound), produced by Robert Glasper and featuring her radio hit version of Simply Red’s Holding Back the Years, was the top-selling jazz vocal album of the year and a fixture on year-end best-of lists. She was recently awarded Best Female Jazz Vocalist of 2012 by the Jazz Journalists Association and was voted #2 Female Jazz Vocalist for the year (ahead of such notables as Esperanza Spalding and Diana Krall) in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll.

Jazz legend Wayne Shorter has said, “Gretchen Parlato knows how to play the same instrument that Frank Sinatra played. There’s no one out there like Gretchen.” With a unique sound that draws on the jazz tradition, Brazilian music, and organic R&B, and “holds something of the vulnerable intimacy of Billie Holiday and Miles Davis” (All About Jazz), Gretchen Parlato has “an almost magical connection to the music” (Herbie Hancock). She will be performing with a stellar trio, including noted pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Alan Hampton, and drummer Mark Guiliana, whose recent duo performances with Brad Mehldau had Time Out London concluding that he is “possibly the best drummer in the world.” www.gretchenparlato.com

Now in its fourteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, Art of Jazz has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America. The price of individual concert tickets is $25 for Gallery Members and $29 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk, by phone at 716.270.8292, or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz. Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, please call the Gallery at 716.882.8700 or 716.270.8292, or visit www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Gretchen Parlato concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Weissman Family Foundation.

AK Café will serve dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2013, before the concert. For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.

RECENT ACCLAIM FOR GRETCHEN PARLATO 

Best Female Vocalist Award – Jazz Journalists Association
#2 Best Female Vocalist – DownBeat Critics Poll
#1 Female Vocalist – JazzTimes Critics Poll
The ASCAP Foundation Eunice & Hal David Merit Award for Songwriting
Featured on Grammy Award–winning Best Vocal Jazz Album The Mosaic Project 

The Lost and Found (ObliqSound):
      #1 Vocal Album of the Year – iTunes Jazz
      #1 Vocal Album of the Year – Jazz Critics Poll
      #1 Best Album of the Year – JazzFM.com
      #1 Album of the Year – Tom Schnabel, KCRW
      #1 Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2011 – Radio TSF Jazz, Paris
      #2 Top-selling Jazz Album – Billboard Magazine
      #2 Best Jazz of 2011 – NPR’s A Blog Supreme
      #2 Best Jazz Album of 2011 – Amazon Music
      #2 Festive Fifty of 2011 – Jazz Breakfast
      #3 Best Female Vocalist – DownBeat Readers Poll|
      Top 5 Los Angeles Jazz Albums of 2011 – LA Weekly
      10 Best Concerts and Releases of 2011 – The Star, Toronto
      Top 40 New Releases of 2011 – JazzTimes
      50 Favorite Albums of 2011 – NPR
      Best of the Year – eMusic Jazz

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