Head shot of George Burton

Renowned Jazz Pianist George Burton to Perform at Buffalo State on February 16


New York City jazz pianist George Burton will perform at Buffalo State University on Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ciminelli Recital Hall in Rockwell Hall.

His performance, which is sponsored by the Buffalo State Music Department, is part of the university’s Lois R. Klein Piano Recital Series.

Described by critics as “painting with a vast palette,” “sublime,” and “multidimensional,” Burton has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He was also an NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental for his landmark album Reciprocity. His album Finding was selected as a finalist in the 2021 International Songwriting Competition. 

“George is a beautiful pianist who shares his love through every sound and every silence,” said Emily Boyce, associate professor of piano. “His imagination reminds us of the limitless potential that remains in the great American art form of jazz and in the piano itself. We are honored and excited to add him to the roster of great artists who have appeared at Buffalo State as part of the Lois R. Klein Piano Recital Series.”

Burton will be accompanied by Dylan Band on tenor and soprano saxophone, Pablo Menares on bass, and Corey Rawls on drums.

Admission is free for students with ID and $10 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased in the Rockwell Hall Box Office, by phone at (716) 878-3005, or online.

About the Lois R. Klein Piano Series
Buffalo State alumna Lois Rowland Klein, ’45, taught second grade at Drake Elementary School in North Tonawanda, New York, for 16 years before moving to Ohio and Florida with her husband, Edward Klein. During her years at Drake, she always had a piano in her classroom and played for the enjoyment of the children. Since 2007, the Klein family has sponsored the annual Lois Rowland Klein Piano Recital Series, which brings accomplished pianists to campus to perform and provide master classes for students. Lois Klein died in 2011, and in 2013, the area outside Ciminelli Recital Hall was named Rowland Lobby, in recognition of an additional gift to the school from her husband.