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Gerald Clayton and Tamir Hendelman Will Play One for the Kids (at Moka) Next Sunday

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Jazz pianists Gerald Clayton and Tamir Hendelman will be in Rochester for the first benefit concert for Rochester's Museum of Kids Art—A Duet for MoKA, next Sunday, January 22, at 5:00 pm. The concert will be at Hochstein Performance Hall at 50 N. Plymouth Ave., in Rochester. Presented by Exodus to Jazz, proceeds from this event will help fund a new jazz education program at MoKA that begins this month. There will also be a special opening performance by Madrigalia Chamber Choir under the leadership of Music Director Lee Wright with a sampling of their diverse choral repertoire.

Gerald Clayton, a 2010 Downbeat Magazine's Critic's Poll Rising Star returns to Rochester riding the crest of a very recent Grammy nomination for his acclaimed new CD, Bond: The Paris Sessions. Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton and Barbara Morrison.His Destinations CD is described in Downbeat as an “innately impressive new album" showing Hendelman's “undeniable depth and technical mastery of his approach to his instrument." Both Hendelman and Clayton have been to Rochester recently to appear in the Exodus to Jazz series

Here's how the evening will shape up:

4:00pm—Doors Open and there “Meet & Greet" Reception with the artists for those with Patron tickets. 

5:00pm—Madrigalia performance

5:30-8:00 pm—"A Duet for MoKA" with a 30-minute intermission for reception and CD sales

Tickets are available on-site and at all Wegmans That's the Ticket outlets and online through Brown Paper Tickets and are available at the following levels: Patron tickets ($45) (includes reception with artists) Premium seating tickets ($25) General Admission tickets ($20) Student general admission with valid student ID ($15) For more information visit ExodusToJazz.com or call (585)733-7685.

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