Music Program

Tuesday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

Hamiet Bluiett / Craig Harris / Kahil El'Zabar

The New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

The 9th Ward - 341 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

Hamiet Bluiett (baritone saxophone/clarinet)
Craig Harris (trombone/didjeridu)
Kahil El'Zabar (drums/percussion)

The Legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble All Star 2016 Tour begins in February during Black History Month. Internationally acclaimed percussionist, composer, and band leader Kahil El'Zabar will premier a brand-new Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring two masterful icons of the modern jazz idiom: Baritone sax giant Hamiet Bluiett, and trombone titan Craig Harris!

While these three giants have worked together in various collaborations for more than 40 years, they have never performed as the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble until now. The coming together of these three important players is indeed music history in the making!

Craig Harris has worked with such luminaries as Sun Ra, Lena Horne, Dollar Brand, David Murray, Henry Threadgill and Lester Bowie.

Hamiet Bluiett has worked with the greats like Aretha Franklin, Fontella Bass, Charles Mingus, Sam Rivers, Max Roach, Andrew Cyrille and also founded the World Saxophone Quartet.

Kahil El'Zabar has worked with musical giants such as Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Eddie Harris, as well as founded the Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble ... continue reading >>


Friday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

Ches Smith / Mat Maneri / Craig Taborn Trio

Ches Smith (drums, percussion)
Mat Maneri (viola)
Craig Taborn (piano)

"The best thing I caught all weekend was a superb trio led by drummer Ches Smith with pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri, which expertly infused seductively draggy, narcotic writing with a mixture of brooding melody and rich texture. The band had sheet music, but it seemed to offer a loose road map rather than a strict score." ‐Chicago Reader

The throngs for Ches Smith's trio…stayed on their feet. (Not that relaxation was encouraged by the music, with Mat Maneri's piercing, microtonal viola over Craig Taborn's dissonant piano vamps and Smith's dynamic drum work.) — Downbeat

This is a brand new trio composed of three notable musicians from New York: Ches Smith on drums and percussion, Craig Taborn on piano and Mat Maneri on viola. An early, all‐improvised gig proved the trio to possess a strong and distinct musical chemistry. Smith realized this had to be his new band in spite the daunting task of finding time to rehearse and play in his dense schedule, and those of Taborn and Maneri.

Smith composed a book of music that draws on the chemistry of the group, including through-composed material as well as pieces designed to be interpreted in open-ended ways where the material is funneled through the particular—and often peculiar—improvisational process of this ensemble ... continue reading >>

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Amid/In WNY 2015 - Part 6

Jay Carrier • Caitlin Cass • Charles Clough • Todd Lesmeister • Joan Linder • Scott McCarney • David Mitchell • Nicholas Ruth

Hallwalls presents the sixth (and second to last) part of its seven-part series Amid/In Western New York, regional survey exhibitions curated by John Massier, Kyle Butler, and Rebecca Wing ...