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2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series Tickets on Sale Now!

September 12, 2012

Buffalo, NY – Tickets are now on sale for the 2012–2013 season of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s popular Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series. 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. 

Series Producer Bruce Eaton explains the growing international reputation of the Albright-Knox for live jazz: “We present the best jazz artists in the world—musicians who are constantly touring the globe. They tell us that the combination of the setting of the venue, the art collection, the acoustics and intimacy of the auditorium, and our attentive and enthusiastic audiences add up to a creative environment that’s rare in North America. The word has spread and we now have reknowned artists who could play anywhere telling their representatives that they want to be part of the Art of Jazz Series. When they arrive in Buffalo, they’re eager to find out what the buzz is all about.”

The 2012–2013 lineup includes harmonica virtuoso Grégoire Maret, trailblazing saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, classic jazz masters the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, and acclaimed vocalist Gretchen Parlato. 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 

The 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will feature:

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Pre-concert Conversation, 7 pm
“The ‘Miscellaneous Instrument’ In Jazz History”
With Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton
Concert, 8 pm

After more than a decade of touring and recording with Herbie Hancock, Sting, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Prince, Robert Glasper, 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). Maret is now stepping forward as a leader. As Cassandra Wilson says, “Wherever Grégoire Maret stands, whenever he lifts his instrument to his lips, the room and all its inhabitants are immediately transformed, we are transported with a sweet yet powerful intensity to a higher plane.” (  

Featuring David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, François Moutin & Dan Weiss
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Pre-concert Film, 2 pm
Ravi Shankar: The Extraordinary Lesson (2011)
Concert, 3 pm

Guggenheim Fellow and DownBeat Critics Poll winner Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers today. Named “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” for the past four years by the Jazz Journalists Association, Mahanthappa has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry into his music, fusing a myriad of influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision. His new project, Gamak, showcases the stunning guitar work of David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, his partner in Jack DeJohnette’s current group. Mahanthappa appears destined to reach great heights in presenting contemporary American music that synthesizes Western and non-Western forms and concepts. (

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Pre-concert Conversation, 2 pm
“Brass Deconstruction: The Cornet in Jazz History”
With Buffalo Spree Contributor and Musician Phil Nyhuis
Concert, 3 pm

Hailed as “the best traditional jazz band in the country . . . and quite possibly the world” by esteemed critic Stanley Dance, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band is heard weekly on nearly 200 public stations and on SirusXM on their Riverwalk Jazz radio show. Led by cornetist Cullum, the group has thrilled audiences around the world for fifty years, playing the swinging, traditional hot jazz associated with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Bix Beiderbecke. The band will be taking a brief break from their weekly shows in San Antonio for a tour that will conclude with their Albright-Knox performance. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see them in Western New York! ( (

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Pre-concert Conversation, 7 pm
“Los Angeles Jazz: The Hot and Cool”
With Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton
Concert, 8 pm

Gretchen Parlato, 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). 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.” Parlato’s 2011 release The Lost and Found, produced by Robert Glasper, was the top-selling jazz vocal album of the year and a fixture on year-end best-of lists. 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), Parlato has “an almost magical connection to the music” (Herbie Hancock). (

Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, please visit

Concerts often sell out in advance of each performance; order tickets early to avoid disappointment. For more information and tickets, please call the Gallery at 716.882.8700 or 716.270.8292.

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.

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 Grégoire Maret concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Christi and Bruce Reinoso. The Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Jennifer Bayles and Robert Steinfeld. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and Gretchen Parlato concerts have been made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Weissman Family Foundation.