Here is how Bobby Previte explained the origin of "Rhapsody," the sextet song cycle he'll bring to the Burchfield Penney Art Center: "I began thinking about the fact that I come from a family of immigrants. My mother was born in Sicily because my grandmother, pregnant with my mother, was denied entry into the United States and sent back."
Composer/drummer Previte is, without question, the most ambitious jazz musician to come from Western New York in the past 50 years. "Rhapsody" is his first composition with his own lyrics. The band he'll bring with him Saturday is formidable: John Medeski on keyboards, Fabrian Rucker on saxphones, Nels Cline on guitar, Zeeda Parkins on harp and Jen Shyu vocals.
The Bobby Previte Sextet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets are $30, $15 for members.