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First Western New York Concert by Harmonica Virtuoso Grégoire Maret to Kick off 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox

October 17, 2012

Buffalo, NY – The 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will kick off at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 8 pm, with the first area concert by the harmonica virtuoso Grégoire Maret. A pre-concert conversation, “The ‘Miscellaneous Instrument’ In Jazz History,” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton, will begin at 7 pm. 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 or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

After more than a decade of touring and recording with Herbie Hancock, Sting, Pat Metheny, George Benson, David Sanborn, Prince, Robert Glasper, Pete Seeger, and Kurt Elling, Swiss-born harmonica virtuoso Grégoire Maret “possesses the most original voice on harmonica since Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder. He is carrying the instrument into the 21st century with prowess, passion, and creativity” (Marcus Miller).

Born in 1975 in Geneva, Maret’s childhood was filled with a diverse array of musical influences from his Harlem-born African American mother and his Swiss father, a local jazz musician. Upon graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève, Maret made the critical decision to move to New York City to further his muscial development. Over time, Maret developed his own unique sound; his versatile style enables him to play effortlessly across different musical genres.

In 2005, Maret toured with the Pat Metheny Group; he also played on the group’s album The Way Up, which received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the world-renowned bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock’s band. Maret’s first album as a leader, Grégoire Maret (eOne), was released early this year to universal acclaim. He will be performing at the Albright-Knox with a quartet that includes Federico Gonzalez Peña on keyboards and Ferenc Nemeth on drums. For more information, please visit www.gregoiremaret.com.

Now entering 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 series will continue with the trailblazing saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on Sunday, January 27, 2013; classic jazz masters The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Sunday, March 17, 2013; and the acclaimed vocalist Gretchen Parlato on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The price of individual concert tickets is $25 for Gallery Members and $29 for non-members. Season tickets are available at a discounted rate of $90 for Gallery Members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk 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 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Grégoire Maret concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Christi and Bruce Reinoso.

AK Café serves brunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm and will serve dinner before the concerts on Saturday, November 3, 2012, and Saturday, May 4, 2013. For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.

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