In a much-anticipated return, the beloved jazz series Off Minor is set to pay homage to the iconic Buddy DeFranco this September. Born during the swing era of the 1930s, Boniface Ferdinand Leonard, affectionately known as “Buddy” DeFranco, became a prominent figure in the jazz world, leaving an indelible mark on the genre. DeFranco’s musical journey was profoundly shaped by the revolutionary sounds of Charlie Parker and the evolving landscape of 1940s music. By the time the 1950s arrived, he had emerged as one of the preeminent BeBop clarinetists, mastering the intricacies of this technically demanding style.
This upcoming event promises to be a remarkable evening, featuring the exceptional clarinetist Paul Cosentino. Cosentino will take center stage to perform an exquisite repertoire that not only showcases DeFranco’s original compositions but also includes timeless jazz standards that the maestro himself recorded during his illustrious career.
As Off Minor welcomes jazz enthusiasts and aficionados alike, “Mr. Clarinet” offers a chance to immerse oneself in the musical legacy of Buddy DeFranco, a true pioneer and virtuoso of the clarinet, whose influence continues to resonate across generations. Join us for an evening of melodic brilliance and a celebration of an enduring jazz legend.