Cover of Gerald Albright
As the weather finally breaks, jazz is springing back to life!
As the smell and sounds of spring come to life, so does the sound of jazz. From Latin jazz to mainstream as well as the eclectic, jazz can be heard throughout WNY.
Here are a rundown of just some of the Jazz In Town events you can find this week, in the next week, and more:
Jazz In Town
Gerald Albright comes to town. As part of the Great Performer Series, Gerald Albright will appear at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall on the campus of Buffalo State College. Tickets are $35 – $40 and go to buffalostatepac.org to order. The much-heralded smooth jazz and mainstream jazz artist makes an appearance sure to be entertaining. Here is a clip of Gerald Albright’s latest composition Slam dunk and his insights behind the music:
See the Jazz Example, led by Doug “Trigger” Gaston on piano, this Friday beginning at 8pm at the Anchor Bar with Bilal Abdul on sax, Greg Piontek on bass, Lester Robinson on drums, and Chuck Buffamonte on guitar.
On Friday April 10th with doors opening at 5pm, smooth jazz vocalist Jordana Talsky will appear at the Iris Maple Entertainment Complex. Tickets $25 day of the show.
At 3:30pm on Saturday you can catch All Hands at Oliver’s Restaurant
Sol Y Sombra will be at the Anchor Bar at 7pm on Saturday
On Monday, you can see the Odyssey Jazz Ensemble at the Central Park Grill at 6:30pm
The Bobby Militello Quartet will be at the Bijou Grille on Tuesday April 14th beginning at 7pm with Bobby Jones, John Bacon Jr., and Jim Colemon.
On Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30pm, you can catch the Gerard/Chamberlain Quartet with vocalist Cheryl Ferris at Mason's Grille.
The up and coming youth continue to surprise us all. Here is another recital to be performed by Jon Lehning in the Slee Concert Hall at UB beginning at 7:30pm on Saturday. Jon has an abundance of talent joining him for his Master’s Recital.
Saxophonist R.J DeMarco, student at Villa Maria College, will be performing his Senior Recital on Thursday April 16 at 7:30pm at Villa Maria along with Eric DeJesus, Brian DeJesus, Damone Jackson, and Jeff Fischer.
Legendary Pat Martino
The Pat Martino Trio will be making a rare appearance in Buffalo on Sunday, April 19th beginning at 7pm at Buffalo Iron Works. Joining Pat Martino will be Buffalo’s native son Carmen Intorre on drums, and Pat Bianchi on organ. Pat Martino is one of the legendary jazz masters of our time, whose influence on jazz today is widespread. He has played with the greats, including Chick Corea, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, and organist Jack McDuff. A rare jazz treat for Buffalo! Here is a video from this trio with nice closeups of each and Carmen Intorre's musicality on cymbals:
JazzBuffalo will be hosting Sunday Jazz Series at 189 Main in East Aurora beginning in May. The events will take place from 4pm until 7:30pm every third week of the month from May until September. Stay tuned for more news.
Every Tuesday at the Sportmen's Tavern, the Joe Baudo Big Band comes to life from 12 noon until 2pm. Featuring some of the best who have performed in Buffalo throughout the years. In this photo you see BMHF trumpeter Joe Parisi taking a solo.
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!