Anaïs Reno with the Pete Malinverni Trio and Special Guest Peter Bernstein

Friday, August 23, 2024 - 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Main Stage

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(Photo by JazzBuffalo's very own Jack Zuff)

"Reno delivers with rare maturity throughout and delivers with uncanny depth on the melancholy torch song "I'm Never Happy Any More.” And she swings with ferocity and sass of an Anita O'Day on the up-tempo closer, "Never Been In Love.”



Anaïs Reno, a rising star in the world of jazz and the Great American Songbook, joins forces with jazz pianist, composer, and educator Pete Malinverni and the award-winning jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein for an unforgettable musical collaboration. Anaïs has been deeply immersed in the performing arts since the tender age of 8, and her talent has blossomed rapidly ever since. In 2016, she earned the prestigious Platinum Award at Carnegie Hall's Forte International Competition, followed by a second-place win at Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Academy competition in 2018, where, at just 14 years old, she became the youngest contestant in history. Subsequently, Anaïs clinched First Place at the Mabel Mercer Foundation competition in New York in March 2019. Her accolades continued to accumulate, with the receipt of the Julie Wilson Award in 2020 and her recent recognition as a finalist for the Young Arts in Jazz Voice Award in November 2021, competing against three other finalists from across the nation.

She received a critically acclaimed review from Downbeat Magazine on an album with Gary Smulyan, Pete Malinverni, David Wong, and Matt Wilson, of Tad Dameron tunes,"Tad's All Folks", which was performed at the Art of Jazz Series in November of 2023.  She has performed in Houston, Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and London and released a live album to critical acclaim. Additionally, Anaïs will be coming out with a new album soon, featuring Peter Bernstein, David Wong, and Joe Farnsworth.

Check out Pete Malinverni on piano with Anaïs Reno.



Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in numerous recordings and performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD. As a sideman, Peter has appeared in groups led by Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman, Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Fathead Newman, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Diana Krall, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb and many more. Current projects include his album, Monk, with Doug Weiss and Bill Stewart, a recently released solo record, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls, and the highly acclaimed organ trio with organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart.

Check out Peter Bernstein's solo at 1:40 and the superb combination of Anaïs Reno and Peter Bernstein.