189 Public House (189 Main) and JazzBuffalo, in partnership, are pleased to present this Spring through Fall, the Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series. The series is designed to introduce a variety of jazz and to provide opportunities for the emerging youth, as well as the venerable legends of jazz in Greater Buffalo.
Clark Crook, the proprietor of 189 Public House, located in East Aurora, is quite the visionary. He has created a venue, which serves as a fine restaurant and yet offers a performance center for local as well as national artists. Since opening more than a year ago, 189 Public House has brought in both national and international artists from the genres of Indie and Folk, plus others. Make no mistake; from the moment you walk in, the prominent placement of the stage makes it clear performances are central. However, the food is superb, the menu tastefully limited, and a fully staffed bar with a variety of beers, fine wines, and top-shelf whiskeys.
The Sunday Jazz Series kicks off on May 17th at 4:30pm with one of the true greats of our local as well as national jazz scene with Phil DiRe and Friends. Phil is a master tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger whose history dates back to the original Buffalo Jazz Ensemble in the ‘70s, which spawned famed members such as the founding group of Spyro Gyra. And, he has gathered some very talented friends! Joining Phil will be George Caldwell on keyboards, Dave Schiavone on sax, Jim Colemon on bass, and John Bacon, Jr. on drums. A great kick-off to a jazz series indeed!
The Sunday Jazz Series will be held every third Sunday of the month between May and December. Some weeks may fluctuate and a schedule will be posted with exact dates. However, in May, we will have two performances kicking off this series. On May 31st, this partnership presents Carina & The Six String Preacher. Vincent and Carina Mastrantonio, are a husband and wife team featuring vocals and guitar. John Brady joins them on drums. Their form of jazz can be called Jazz Noir and echoes the Les Paul and Mary Ford era. Their 2013 CD Liquid Think is superb and they are following up this release with another by the time of their performance. This trio has quickly gathered a strong following in WNY and we are excited to bring their performing talents to the Sunday Jazz Series. Here is a neat video of their performance of a cool song we’ve all experienced this past winter, Cabin Fever:
More is in store. In June, we will have The Future of Jazz event featuring Blue Stone Groove and in July, Steve Balesteri and Friends. Presenting some of our finest emerging young jazz artists in the area. Future dates will be coming for the award-winning band What Will Mingus Do? led by Kelly Bucheger as well as Jazz Vibes featuring vibraphonist Joanne Lorenzo and the venerable Sabu Adeyola on bass.
189 Public House (sometimes referred to as 189 Main) is located on 189 Main Street in the village of East Aurora. Make plans to join these talented performers on these Sunday dates from 4:30pm until 7:30pm. This is a great way to enjoy a late Sunday afternoon and some of the finest jazz in the area.
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!