JazzBuffalo Announces Revitalizing Expansion Of The Seneca One Building With Debut Performance From Janet Evra

JazzBuffalo has announced an expansion of its partnership with Seneca One in its endeavors to further community outreach. Beginning Saturday, October 2 with a concert by international jazz artist, Janet Evra, the Seneca One Auditorium will serve as the new home performance venue for JazzBuffalo programming. Located in the revitalized Seneca One building, the venue offers spectacular views, audio, and comfortable seating for all.

The new Seneca One auditorium expansion | Courtesy of Jack Zuff

Accessible through the Seneca One Lobby, concert-goers for JazzBuffalo events will be able to experience the Seneca One Lobby Bar. The bar will enable pre-concert, intermission, and post-concert opportunities to gather with friends and family over drinks and food. The auditorium previously served as a business lecture auditorium dating back to the original Marine Midland Bank occupancy. However, efforts will be made to modify the stage for concerts. The Seneca One Auditorium seats approximately 230 and was carefully designed and constructed to serve as a high-quality acoustic facility, featuring acoustic walls and ceilings.

Seneca One Lobby

In an announcement from JazzBuffalo, the organization revealed it is seeking patrons interested in donating a baby grand piano to be used by performers during concerts. A fundraiser for obtaining a piano is also being considered. Seneca One and JazzBuffalo will hope for the community of jazz and music lovers to experience the auditorium and the new Seneca One Lobby Bar.  Prior to the concert, the highly regarded French ConéXion will entertain in the Lobby Bar from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm.

Janet Evra

Janet Evra is part of the emerging class of upright bassists and vocalists entertaining the world of jazz in clubs and festivals internationally. She performs on the premier international stage across the USA and Europe. She is known for her intoxicating interpretations of French jazz and Brazilian-influenced repertoire of traditional samba, bossa nova, and Latin jazz – all with an indie twist. Evra has also collaborated with Grammy winners and nominees as well as international jazz superstars: Taylor Eigsti, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Diego Figueiredo, and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown. Evra performs superbly in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Her eclectic take on jazz beach-pop has also made her music a favorite on playlists across the globe.

Evra will be performing upright bass and vocals and will be appearing as a quartet featuring a stellar trio of musicians: Ryan Marquez (keyboards), Will Buchanan (guitar), and Tim Moore (drums). For more information and to purchase tickets to see the talented Janet Evra, as well as to experience the new home venue for JazzBuffalo yourself, visit Eventbrite.

Check out a video of Janet Evra singing her fan-favorite original song, “Paris”

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