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'Jazz at The Taylor' presents 'Born To Be Wild: The Buffalo Jazz Octet Plays the Music of '68'

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Mon, Jun 11th 2018 07:00 am
The Buffalo Jazz Octet will perform the music of 1968, with arrangements of tunes made famous by legendary rock icons such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and Steppenwolf. The concert will take place at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, June 23.
This musical evening marks the fourth in a series of six programs in the "Jazz at The Taylor" concert series, produced by Kathleen Rooney in collaboration with the Kenan Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the converted carriage house on the Kenan Center's campus, providing an intimate, club-like atmosphere. The concert features two full sets of music with refreshments available.
1968 is a year that many consider to be a turning point in American history. It was a year of social and political upheaval: the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, demonstrations against the escalating Vietnam war and for black power and women's lib. And alongside all of it, the music of 1968 reflected the aspirations and significance of the rising youth culture.
Fifty years later, the Buffalo Jazz Octet will take on this fierce and still-relevant music. The band will reimagine some of 1968's most potent anthems, including The Beatles' "Blackbird" and "Hey Jude," The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man," and Jimi Hendrix's "House Burning Down," with songs that reflect the turbulence of that eventful year and that continue to resonate in today's culture. 
Members of the Buffalo Jazz Octet include several musicians who have wowed audiences at the Taylor Theater in previous concerts: Kelly Bucheger, alto saxophone; Tim Clarke, trumpet; Joe Goehle, bass, and John Bacon, drums. Rounding out the group and new to the Taylor are Nelson Rivera, tenor saxophone; Steve Baczkowski, baritone saxophone; Phil Sims, trombone; and leader Michael McNeill, on piano.
Individual tickets are $15 for Kenan Center members and $20 for the general public, and may be purchased online at Ticketleap, in person at the Kenan Center business office, or charged by phone. Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust St., Lockport.
For further information, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

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