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 Buffalo State Performing Arts Center Announces Fall 2019 Great Performers Series

Buffalo State Performing Arts Center Announces Fall 2019 Great Performers Series

Posted: August 21, 2019

The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center, on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, proudly announces the Fall 2019 Great Performers Series presented by M&T Bank. Performances this Fall at the newly renovated Performing Arts Center include smooth jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui, saxophonist Kim Waters, along with his daughter Kayla Waters, Emmy winning actor and comedian Jeremy Piven, and Peter White Christmas, with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, and Lindsey Webster

Tickets for the Great Performers Series go on sale August 23rd at 9:00 a.m.  All shows in the Great Performers Series are priced between $45 and $35. Tickets may be purchased at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center Box Office in Rockwell Hall, by calling 716-878-3005 or online at  Box Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Opening the series on November 8 is critically acclaimed, chart topping smooth jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui. Matsui has worked alongside musical icons including Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela, and Bob James. Her 1998 album Full Moon and The Shrine was accompanied by the award winning PBS special Keiko Matsui: Light Above the Trees, which earned her a National Smooth Jazz Award for Best Long-Form Video Achievement and Best Female Artist. Matsui's 2001 CD Deep Blue topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts for three consecutive weeks. More recently, her 2016 release of Journey to The Heart debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, and this year's 2019 chart topping album Echo further cements Matsui's place as one of the most dynamic voices in instrumental music. 

On November 22 the Performing Arts Center welcomes Kim Waters with special guest Kayla Waters. Jazz saxophonist, composer and producer Kim Waters has scored more than a dozen #1 radio hits and has sold over a million albums. Kim has been a pioneer in melding jazz with R&B balladry into an unique urban jazz style. He is a founding member of the group The Sax Pack, has shared the stage wish such greats as Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman and Teddy Riley, and he composed and produced tracks for many jazz legends including Walter Beasley. Kim's daughter, Kayla Waters, is an elite pianist, who's first single "I Am" from her first record "Apogee" hit #1 on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Chart in 2017. Her talent has garnered her national recognition on the BET television network's highly acclaimed "Black Girls Rock" awards show. Kayla has also played keyboards for musical giants including Gladys Knight and Marsha Ambrosius, and her new single "Zephyr" from her recently released album Coevolve also soared to success, hitting #1 on Billboard's Smooth Jazz chart last fall. 

On November 23 the Performing Arts Center hosts an evening of Stand Up Comedy, with 3-time Emmy Award winning actor and comedian Jeremy Piven. Most recently holding the starring role in the CBS series Wisdom of the Crowd, Piven is best known as playing movie agent "Ari Gold" in the hit HBO series Entourage, which aired for eight seasons and earned him his three Emmys and a Golden Globe. He reprised the fan-favorite role in the Entourage feature film which was released by Warner Bros in 2015. Piven's extensive television career also includes the satirical Larry Sanders Show, and appearances on the iconic Seinfeld. In film, he's starred in dozens of hit comedies and dramas including: Old School. PCU, Black Hawk Down, Runaway Jury, Angles Crest, Serendipity, The Family Man, Very Bad Things, The Kingdom, Singles, Smokin Aces, RocknRolla and The Player. Piven has also had many starring theater roles, which include Broadway's Speed the Plow, and the off-Broadway hit Fat Pig, which earned him a Distinguished Performance Honor from the Drama League. 

The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center welcomes Peter White Christmas, with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala and Lindsey Webster on December 6. Jazz guitar legend Peter White's #1 songs on the Billboard Jazz chart include "Midnight in Manhattan" and "Bright," and his album Perfect Moment has won CD of the year at the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. White will be backed by saxophonist Euge Groove (several #1 hits, and has performed with many icons including Tower of Power and Tina Turner), jazz multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala (has had many top 10 hits on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Songs chart, and has toured with notables including Chris Botti, Jonathan Butler and Dave Koz), and singer/composer Lindsey Webster (Billboard's #1 Smooth Jazz Artist of 2016 and 2017). Together they will perform a festive arrangement of holiday favorites. 

presented by M&T Bank
Keiko Matsui
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Kim Waters with special guest Kayla Waters
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
An evening of Stand Up Comedy with Jeremy Piven
Saturday, November 23, at 8:00 pm
$40-$35 (limited best seats in the house tickets available while supplies last, including exclusive meet and greet for $60)

Peter White Christmas with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, and Lindsey Webster  

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Patrons aged 60 and older take $3 off the price of upper tier tickets.
One-hour prior to curtain, full-time students with proper ID can purchase one ticket for $15, subject to availability.
CHARGE BY PHONE: 716-878-3005
BOX OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Media Contact:
Andy Binder, Director of Operations, Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall | (716) 878-3032 |
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