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Jazz Patrol

Repeat visits and stellar series

Edmar Castaneda Trio plays April 27 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Photo courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Gallery


April brings another typically diverse roster of concerts to the area, providing excellent opportunities to check out a few of the many shapes and forms that contemporary jazz can take. There are two intriguing pairings of well-known instrumentalists and vocalists to watch out for, both of which are making repeat visits to WNY.


On April 3, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play Asbury Hall, while Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward hit 189 Public on the 30th. The Albright-Knox’s exemplary Art of Jazz series wraps up its latest season with Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and his trio on April 27 for a set inspired by South American folk music. You may not automatically think of the harp as a jazz instrument—unless you are familiar with the lush, lovely work of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane more than fifty years ago. Those two pioneers are the subject of series producer and longtime Spree contributor Bruce Eaton’s traditional pre-concert lecture, not to be missed.


Speaking of series, the Kenan Center’s much younger but already outstanding Jazz at the Taylor returns this month with the Ed Croft Trio playing the music of Sonny Rollins on the 13th. Bassist Croft is joined by Nelson Rivera on sax and Joe Goretti on drums to pay tribute to one of the last surviving legends of the music’s 1950s and ’60s heyday, incorporating the once-usual combination of instruments that Rollins himself helped popularize.


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