Art of Jazz 2016–2017

The Art of Jazz welcomes you back for an exciting season of performances by a veritable “Who’s Who” of jazz. All of the performers that have been selected for the 2016–2017 series have garnered international acclaim as innovators both as composers and instrumentalists. Audiences are guaranteed to hear new sounds that will pique your sonic curiosity.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:30 pm

One of the most important voices in American music, saxophonist Steve Coleman has been internationally recognized for his compositions and recordings that straddle numerous genres. 

Dafnis Prieto Sextet

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7:30 pm

Composer, percussionist, author, and educator Dafnis Prieto is one of the most sought-after musicians in the international jazz scene. 

Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3 pm

Mary Halvorson has garnered extensive praise from both her fellow musicians and the international press and is one of America’s most in-demand guitarists. 

Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 3 pm

Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob explores the quartet format that was codified by Ornette Colemon, altered by Bernstein’s groundbreaking slide trumpet playing. 


Individual concert tickets are $29 general admission and $24 for Members. Season tickets for all four concerts are available at a discounted rate of $105 general admission and $85 for Members through the first concert on October 29. Tickets can be purchased online using the links on each event page, by phone at 716.270.8292, or in person at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk. Concerts often sell out in advance of each performance, so please purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.

AK Café serves lunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm and will serve dinner before the concerts on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 19. Reservations are essential; please call 716.270.8223 or reserve online using OpenTable.

Program Sponsors

Art of Jazz is produced by Jon Nelson and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. It is supported by Hunt Real Estate.