Jazz vocalist and Buffalo native Faith Harris comes home for twin engagements at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex (1620 Main St.). Fans of highly nuanced interpretive jazz singing – think Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn – might want to think about attending both shows, so soulful and inspired is Harris’ singing throughout her most recent release, “The Time is Right.”
For this engagement, Harris will be joined by a band led by renowned area saxophonist Bilal Abdullah, and featuring the talents of bassist Greg Piontek, pianist Doug Gaston, drummer Lester Robinson, trumpeter Tim Clark and guitarist Chuck Buffamonte. It’s a killer ensemble that is well-suited to the open-ended, in-the-moment approach Harris brings to her own compositions, as well as to jazz standards such as Horace Silver’s “Peace” or R&B chestnuts like Eugene McDaniels’ “Compared To What.”
Tickets are $25 in advance at the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex, through www.faith-harris.com, or by calling 440-5171. Admission at the door will be $30.
– Jeff Miers