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Schedule announced for Jazz at the Albright-Knox

Is it possible for the average trip to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to feel even classier than it usually does? Well, of course: The schedule for the annual Jazz at the Albright-Knox summer concert series has been announced.

The jazz series, presented by The Buffalo News, returns this summer with five free concerts featuring local and national jazz artists. Whether you’re looking for a sweet saxophonist, a smooth singer or just a good excuse to spend your Sundays at the Knox (none needed), there’s something every Sunday to set the mood for gallery patrons and jazz fans.

All concerts begin at 2 p.m., and will be held on the Delaware stairs of the gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.), overlooking Hoyt Lake. Should Buffalo end up raining on any part of this jazz parade, a rain date is scheduled for Aug. 11.

July 7: She closed last year’s jazz series, and now she returns to open the series this year. Upstate New York native Cindy Miller, a singer and actress who graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and has traveled the country ever since, kicks things off with a performance accompanied by Dan Hull and Friends.

July 14: Another veteran of the jazz series, Mike Costley – a singer, songwriter and composer who dabbles in jazz, ballads, swing, rhythm and blues, contemporary hits and even celebrity impersonations – returns to Buffalo, also accompanied by Dan Hull and Friends.

July 21: Here’s one for the true jazz traditionalists. Pianist Doug “Trigger” Gaston, a regular in the local jazz scene, brings his act to the Knox steps.

July 28: Tenor saxophonist Don Rice, who has the longest run of any performer in the summer series with more than 20 appearances, continues his streak with this concert, featuring Dan Hull and Friends.

Aug. 4: The Western New York Jazz Orchestra sends off this season’s series.

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