Three international touring artists – Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott and Rudresh Mahanthappa – will take the stage as part of the 2015-16 Jazz Series at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.
Here’s the schedule:
Gretchen Parlato, 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Parlato kicks off the series performing with Taylor Eigsti (piano, keyboards), Alan Hampton (bass, guitar, vocals) and Mark Guiliana (drums). The American jazz singer and alumna of the Thelonious Monk Institute has performed with many well-known jazz musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Kenny Barron. In 2014, she was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy. Tickets are $34.50 general, $25.50 students. Visit gretchenparlato.com.
Kendrick Scott, 8 p.m. Jan. 30. An alumna of the Berklee College of Music, the drummer and composer won many music awards before he finished high school. He graduated and moved on to tour with the Crusaders and with Terence Blanchard. Scott will perform his latest project, “Oracle.” Tickets are $26.50 general, $19.50 students. Visit kendrickscott.com.
Rudresh Mahanthappa, 8 p.m. March 19. The alto saxophonist and composer will tour with Adam O’Farrill (trumpet); Bobby Avey (piano); Thomson Kneeland (bass); Jordan Perlson (drums). Although Mahanthappa is New York-based, he blends the sounds of South Indian classic music into his progressive jazz. Mahanthappa will perform his latest album “Bird Calls,” which pays tribute to Charlie “Bird” Parker, one of jazz’s founding fathers, and was recently named “Album of the Year” in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Poll. Tickets are $34.50 general, $20.50 students. Visit rudreshm.com.
Each show will be performed in the Center for the Arts’ Drama Theatre. Series subscriptions are available for $75. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the UBCFA box office and Tickets.com. Charge tickets by calling (888) 223-6000. For more information, visit ubcfa.org.