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Silver celebration

When anything reaches its silver anniversary, you have to presume it's doing something right.

For 25 years, the Buffalo News has been presenting outdoor concerts on the steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to celebrate local music, summer and the gorgeous view of Hoyt Lake behind the musicians' bandstand. Crowds have been steady and happy from the beginning.

The Buffalo News Jazz series on the steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery begins its silver anniversary year at 2 p.m. Sunday with a concert by the Jim Tudini Big Band featuring Bobby Militello, an outfit drawing from the cream of Buffalo jazz musicians and featuring the Buffalo alto saxophonist and flutist who is Dave Brubeck's soloist wherever his quartet travels.

Admission, as always, is free and the concert is scheduled to continue until 4:30 p.m. Future concerts will include appearances by the Gap Mangione Big Band and much-admired jazz singer Karrin Allyson.

-- Jeff Simon

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