Art of Jazz 2017–2018

Now entering its 18th season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, the Art of Jazz has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues to experience live jazz in North America.

Join us for a landmark season presenting some of the brightest international jazz stars—from Grammy Award– and poll-winners to the next generation of jazz legends.

An Evening with Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan

Sat, Dec 2, 2017 ● 8 pm

Named “Jazz Guitarist of the Year” 15 times, multiple Grammy Award winner Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most admired and influential musicians across contemporary music.

Monty Alexander

Sun, Jan 28, 2018 ● 3 pm

More than 50 years after moving to the U.S. from Jamaica, pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

Billy Childs Quartet

Sun, Mar 18, 2018 ● 3 pm

Four-time Grammy Award–winning (and 14-time nominated) pianist Billy Childs has established himself as perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copeland.

Melissa Aldana

Sat, Apr 21, 2018 ● 8 pm

Tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana is the first female instrumentalist and first South American to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.


Individual concert tickets are $29 general admission and $24 for Members. 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, December 2, and Saturday, April 21. Reservations are essential; please call 716.270.8223 or reserve online using OpenTable.

Program Sponsors

Art of Jazz is produced by Bruce Eaton in association with Tony Zambito and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. It is supported by Hunt Real Estate.