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Italian Jazz Legend Enrico Rava to Perform as Part of the 2011–2012 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series

February 15, 2012

Buffalo, NY – Trumpter Enrico Rava will make a rare North American appearance with his band Enrico Rava Tribe at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, February 26, at 3 pm, in the Gallery’s Auditorium, as part of the 20112012 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series. A pre-concert discussion, “Fresh Sounds from Europe,” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton, will begin at 2 pm. 

An international jazz icon and undoubtedly the most acclaimed Italian jazz musician in history, the trumpeter and composer Enrico Rava produces a haunting burnished tone backed by his “amazing conception of melody and music” (Pat Metheny). Having established himself through collaborations with a wide range of musicians, including Carla Bley, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, and Joe Henderson, the 72-year-old has been referred to as “one of Miles Davis’s most imaginative inheritors” (The Guardian) and his recent ECM recordings have been hailed as “among the best jazz albums of the last decade” (Jazzwise). As heard on his latest recording, Tribe, for the noted ECM label, Rava is currently playing at a peak of lyrical inventiveness. 

This rare North American appearance will include Rava’s Italian quintet—one of his strongest ensembles ever—featuring the remarkable young trombonist Gianluca Petrella along with pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Gabriele Evangelista, and drummer Fabrizio Sferra. Rava will only be performing in four cities on this tour: New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Buffalo. Series Producer Bruce Eaton explains, “It’s a testament to the growing international reputation of the Albright-Knox as a premier venue for jazz that we have been chosen to be a part of this unique cultural event.” For more information, please visit

This concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Christi and Bruce Reinoso.

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 The series will conclude with the Donald Harrison Quartet on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 8 pm. 

The Gallery’s AK café is open for brunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm, and will be open for dinner on Saturday, April 28, before the Donald Harrison Quartet concert. For reservations, please call 716.270.8223.