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That Studio Sound: Jazz Classics for Lovers

This performance replaces The Music of Star Trek, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 17.

From the famed recording studios at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, arranger Nelson Riddle and the biggest singing sensations of the era created a body of work that defines the cool sophistication of popular jazz in the 1950s and 60s. The BPO brings arrangements of classics by GershwinPorter, and Jobim, recorded by the likes of Frank, Nat, and Ella, back to life in all their original splendor with Buffalo crooners Katy Miner and Chris Vasquez. A romantic evening of sultry swing!

This performance is part of our BPOnDemand video-streamed series. There will be no live audience at Kleinhans Music Hall for this performance. For more information on BPOnDemand, please visit our 2020-21 season FAQ page.

All 2020-21 subscribers receive FREE access to BPOnDemand performances, but must register in advance. Please contact the Box Office at (716) 885-5000 or boxoffice@bpo.org to register for this event.


John Morris Russell, conductor
Sal Andolina, saxophone
Katy Miner, vocalist
Chris Vasquez, vocalist

EUROPE / arr. Schuller  Castle House Rag
PORTER / arr. Carroll  What Is This Thing Called Love
BERLIN  Let Yourself Go
PETKERE / arr. Devol  Close Your Eyes
JOBIM / arr. Ogerman  Wave
PORTER / arr. Stordahl  Night and Day
GERSHWIN / arr. Carroll  Summertime
JOPLIN / arr. Schuller  Maple Leaf Rag
GERSHWIN / arr. Riddle  Oh! Lady, Be Good
ARLEN / arr. May  This Time The Dream’s On Me
JOBIM / arr. Ogerman Águas de Março (Waters of March)
TRENET  Beyond The Sea
GORDON / arr. Riddle  Unforgettable
PORTER / arr. Mundy  Easy to Love
EUROPE / arr. Schuller  Castle Walk

About Sal Andolina

In the worlds of classical music and jazz, crossover versatility is rarely found in a single individual. Over the past decade, however, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has witnessed the keen achievements of one of Buffalo’s native sons in the person of Salvatore Andolina, who is now the BPO’s hottest switch-hitter in his permanent position of clarinetist, bass clarinetist and saxophonist.

While Andolina has been a full-time member of the BPO for the past 21 seasons, his association with the orchestra began in the late 1970s when he was a standout performance major at the University at Buffalo as a full-scholarship student on the clarinet. Upon completion of his degree at UB under former BPO clarinetist James Pyne, Andolina pursued advanced clarinet studies with Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and coaching with the legendary Benny Goodman in New York City.

In addition to appearing as a soloist with the BPO, Andolina has been featured with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the North American New Music Festival. More significantly, Andolina has been featured on at least 15 studio recordings, including his prized CD: “Like Benny to Me,” a tribute to Goodman.

About Katy Miner

As one of Buffalo’s favorite jazz vocalists, Katy Miner brings a diverse and rich repertoire in jazz, musical theatre, pop, and the Great American Songbook, establishing herself on the jazz club scene in Western New York at clubs like the Roycroft Inn, Pausa Art House, Hotel Henry, Sportsmen’s Tavern, Kleinhans’ Mary Seaton Room, as well as the CMCJazzFest (The Historic Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo), the East Aurora Music Festival, the Lewiston Jazz Festival, and the Olcott Jazz festival.

Ms. Miner has performed several times with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She was the featured vocalist for both the 2018 holiday community concerts and 2017’s John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops concert, and also performed in concert versions of 2010’s The Music Man (Alma Hix) and 2007’s West Side Story (Rosalia). Ms. Miner was a professional singer with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in both soprano and alto sections from 2004-2007, and was the mezzo soloist for Handel’s Messiah in 2007.

Ms. Miner has performed in numerous WNY theaters, including Nickel City Opera’s 2016 world premiere production of SHOT! by Persis Vehar at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Ms. Miner’s voice can be heard in commercials and on several pop, rock and jazz recordings of her own and others.

About Chris Vasquez

Winner of the BPO’s “Buffalo Sings” competition, Williamsville native, Chris Vasquez is a singer, actor, producer, teacher and international tango artist. As a tango singer, Mr. Vasquez performed at the Medellín International Tango Festival in Colombia and received the “Best Singer” award from the NYC Argentine Consulate. He has sung tango under the baton of Maestro David Wiley with the Long Island Symphony, and the tango shows he has written have played at many reputable places, including here in Buffalo at the Mary Seaton Room and The Montante Cultural Center. Mr. Vasquez continues his congenial association with Buffalo Tango Orkestra, performing tangos, as well as various boleros, American standards and other international favorites in and around Buffalo. As an actor, Vasquez has acted on numerous stages, including Madison Square Garden, Goodman Theatre, and Chicago’s Shakespeare Repertory. He has worked in commercials and can be seen in the film version of The Producers. In addition, Mr. Vasquez is an English as a Second Language instructor for the Buffalo Public Schools, Adult Education Division. He has degrees from Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music, a MA in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages, and he is currently pursuing a PhD at UB’s Graduate School of Education. A special thank you to my always loving and supportive family.


Saturday, October 17, 2020
8:00 pm
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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
(716) 885-5000