Jazz trio kicking off Coffee House concerts

Darlington Arts Center in Concord Township will welcome jazz trio Ryan Kauffman & Triology to the opening of its 2016-2017 Coffee House Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Jazz trio Ryan Kauffman & Triology will kick off the Darlington Arts Center's

Jazz trio Ryan Kauffman & Triology will kick off the Darlington Arts Center's Coffee House Concert Series.

This show is the first of seven this season, with diverse performers in cabaret, classical, bluegrass, and more. The evening begins with an open microphone at 7:30 p.m. followed by Ryan Kauffman & Triology at 8 p.m., according to a Darlington press release.

Kauffman was a very popular saxophone teacher at Darlington Arts Center for many years. “We are thrilled to have a former teaching artist back to kick off our Coffee House Concert Series,” Susan N. Quinn, Darlington’s executive director, said in the release.

He will joined by Steve Meashey on bass and Chris Loser on drums. “The music takes on a lithe, lean quality with the absence of – or freedom from! – a piano or guitar player,” Kauffman said in the release. “Add to that the unique chemistry with Steve Meashey and Chris Loser, and we feel it’s something special.”

The sound is inspired by the trios of Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Jan Garbarek, and many more. Kauffman brings his audiences the familiar sounds of popular jazz standards infused with a creative, prodigious spin, described by one reviewer “an exceptionally thoughtful and harmonically astute saxophonist,” the release said.

Kauffman has performed throughout the region, including appearances at Bethlehem Musikfest, Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, Lancaster Jazz Festival, and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival.

Tickets, which include free coffee, tea, and desserts (BYOB – corkscrew provided), are $15 for general admission and $10 for members. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchasing online at www.darlingtonarts.org or by calling 610-358-3632.

Upcoming Coffee House Concerts at Darlington Arts Center include singer-songwriter Craig Bickhard on Nov. 12; Sylvia Ahramjian (classical) on Dec. 3; Heidi Hayes (cabaret) on Jan. 7; 4 Prophet String Band (bluegrass) on Feb. 4; Belfast Connection (Irish folk) on March 4; and Under The Oak (folk) on April 29.

Darlington Arts Center is a nonprofit community arts center with classes, lessons and workshops in music, art, dance, and drama for all ages that serves more than 4,000 residents annually. It is located at 977 Shavertown Road in Garnet Valley, less than a mile east of Route 202, just south of Route 1. For more information, visit www.darlingtonarts.org or call 610-358-3632.

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