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  Laszlo Gardony Jazz Trio Takes Criterion Stage

  Bar Harbor – The Laszlo Gardony Jazz Trio will once again take the Criterion stage on Saturday, August 19 at 8 p.m.  Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, Laszlo Gardony’s new solo piano CD, Serious Play (Sunnyside Records) was released on July 14, 2017. Called “a formidable improviser who lives in the moment,” by JazzTimes, Gardony has performed in 27 countries and released a dozen albums during his distinguished decades long career. After graduating from the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the ELTE Science University in his native Hungary, Gardony earned a full scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1983 and joined the faculty there not long after graduation.

His first prize performance at the 1987 Great American Jazz Piano Competition launched him into the international spotlight.  Since then, Gardony has performed at major festivals and premiere jazz clubs around the world and has toured and/or recorded with jazz greats such as Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Bob Moses, Yoron Israel’s High Standards, Matt Glaser’s Wayfaring Strangers, and David “Fathead” Newman, as well as the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit, among others.  In addition to his solo and sideman work, Gardony leads three of his own groups: a trio of 15 years featuring bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel; a quartet featuring multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Stan Strickland; and a sextet with saxophone luminaries Bill Pierce and Don Braden.  Gardony’s 2015 Sunnyside recording Life in Real Time was named one of the 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by the Boston Globe.

At his Criterion Theatre concert, Laszlo will be joined by Yoron Israel (drums) and Sean Farias (bass.) Tickets for the Criterion show are available in advance at criteriontheatre.org and range from $25 for front center and balcony seats and $20 for general orchestra. Tickets will also be available at the box office starting an hour before the performance.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is Bar Harbor’s non-profit historic performing arts and movie house located at 35 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor. The Criterion has been a staple of the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island arts community since its construction in 1932 and looks forward to a long future of welcoming theatre goers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.criteriontheatre.org or call 207-288-0829.

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