Barbra Streisand can afford to have any pianist on the planet as her key back-up musician. Her choice: Tamir Hendelman. Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1993, Hendelman has stretched out with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and also backed singers like Diana Krall and Gladys Knight. If that's not enough, the great Oscar Peterson once called his solos "exhilarating and thoughtful." When Hendelman takes the stage for a two-night stint at Penfield High School he will be joined by a variety of ensembles full of talented kids in the process of being turned on to jazz.
Hendelman performs Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, at Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive. The concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6-$10 and are available at Penfield High, Music & Arts, Bop Shop, and the Penfield branch of Canandaigua National Bank.