Jazz In Town: International Jazz Stars Pour Into Buffalo!

 Early Wednesday edition.  International jazz artists pour into Buffalo this week! 

Nancy kelly.001A highlight of Jazz In Town this coming weekend is the appearance of international jazz vocalist Nancy Kelly on Friday June 19th in the Premier Cabaret Lounge of MusicalFare Theatre.  Nancy has played all over the world and see more here in this recent article on JazzBuffalo.  This is an exciting opportunity to see the band performing on her best selling jazz album “B That Way” with Dino Losito on organ, Jerry Weldon on sax, and Buffalo native Carmen Intorre on drums.  Each are jazz stars in their own rights also!  Go to www.musicalfare.com or call the box office for tickets.  Catch them the day before they will appear at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Show starts at 8pm!  Here is a clip of what to expect:


Wednesday Night Jazz

Wednesday night jazz 2.001This week’s Wednesday Night Jazz on June 17th at 6:30pm features Russ D’Alba.  Well know to local area jazz fans.  Hats off to Wayne Moose for creating a jazz performing and listening opportunity for us all.  Wayne Moose on bass, Lou Marino on drums, and George Kane on guitar will join Russ.  Here is Wayne’s excellent background on Russ D’Alba:

Russ D’Alba studied with Don Mattea, John Sedola [of the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini], Ed Yadzinski  [of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra] and Tony Carere, a renowned woodwind doubler and Jazz Saxophonist in Atlanta. Russ attended UB as a dual major – Music and Accounting [He is a CPA].  


Russ dalbaHis extensive musical career includes recordings withthe Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra [the Gershwin album], the Buffalo Brass [It’s Time], Jeff Jarvis Jazz Trumpeter [Contents under pressure], the Don Menza Big Band [Menza Lines], and numerous others.  Highlights of his live appearances include concert performances with the Chautauqua Symphony, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Nancy Kelly, George Benson, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr, Mark Murphy, Frank Sinatra Jr, the Mills Brothers, Cab Calloway, the 4 Freshmen, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Stan Kenton Reunion Band, Gap Mangione’s Big Band, Michael Civisca, Doc Severinsen, Ed Shaughnessy, Louie Bellson, Mel Lewis, Rob McConnell, the 75th Birthday celebration honoring Maynard Ferguson in Los Angeles, Bobby Militello, the LaBarbera brothers big band, the Don Menza Octet, and the Buffalo Brass big band.

         With a resume' like that, what else do you need to say.


BobbymilitelloNext week features none other than Bobby Militello.  Thanks to Mezza Restaurant for opening their doors to jazz.  Remember jazz fans -no cover.  No cover means no excuse!



JazzBuffalo Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series

BSG sunday 621.001The June installment of the Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series begins at 4:30pm Sunday, June 21st.  Taking place in partnership with 189 Public House in East Aurora.  On this Sunday, we celebrate the future of jazz and feature the dynamic band, Blue Stone Groove.  Vocalist Einat Agmon is featured with Dave Pinchoff on keyboards, Campbell Ryan on drums, Anthony Henry on bass, Ellen Pieroni on sax, and Evan Kaderbeck on guitar.  Pushing the boundaries of jazz into R&B and Soul, you are in for a show.  JazzBuffalo is also encouraging all the fantastic young jazz artists in the area to make it.  This is a celebration for you!


Hallwalls & Burchfield Penney Art Center

Paal nielsonOn Friday, June 19th at 8pm, Hallwalls brings yet another international star powered band from across the pond.  See the Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit from Norway.  Steve Baczkowski of Hallwalls continues to bring to Buffalo the most sought-after free jazz and jazz improvising bands from around the globe.  Making Buffalo one of the free jazz capitals of the world.  Here is Steve’s description of this band:

Prolific Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love’s big band ensemble LARGE UNIT came to life in 2013. Nilssen-Love stepping up as band leader had been a long time coming – but it was worth the wait. LARGE UNIT hit the music scene like “one hell of a monolithic jazz colossus”.

First came a string of well-received festival appearances, where the band quickly found its sound. Then in the fall of 2014 PNL Records (Nilssen-Love’s own label) released the monolithic debut album “Erta Ale” – available in four different formats: tripple cassette, tripple CD, digital, and the elaborate four LP-box deluxe edition.

The album and shows received positive reactions all over, with reviewers pointing out LARGE UNIT’s ability to come across both strong and with compact onslaughts –but also how the band just as easily could veer into subtle and textural passages. LARGE UNIT sounded fresh and brought something new to the large ensemble format.

Now it’s 2015 and it’s time to get on the road. From late April to mid June LARGE UNIT will play some 25 shows across Europe and North America. No small achievement for a 12-piece ensemble. A second European tour is also set for fall.

Equally dynamic as the music is the line-up, and the 2015 tour brings three new musicians to the band: Per Åke Holmlander (Sweden) has taken over on tuba, Tommi Keränen (Finland) handles electronics, and Julie Kjær (Denmark) has joined the front row on reeds. These three new faces also marks the shift of LARGE UNIT from being a Norwegian band to a Nordic tornado.

For the tour LARGE UNIT will release a new tour- only 12” EP + have a number of limited edition merchandise items for sale.

“As exciting and quixotic as many of the parts were, it was the architecture and mystique of the whole ensemble that prevailed and impressed most deeply.” – Josef Woodard, Downbeat

Here is a clip so you have a taste of what’s to come!


Trio Red At Pausa

Trio redAnother international group of jazz artist, somewhat near the free jazz improvising end of the spectrum also is the band Trio Red.  Performing in Buffalo just before their appearance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  The three performers are from Scotland, London, and Norway.  Here is Jon Nelson’s, of Pausa, background on Trio Red:

Trio Red features 3 innovators from 3 of the most vital jazz scenes in Europe. Between them they have played a key role in some of the most groundbreaking signature groupings in their home scenes over the last 15 years, as well as playing with a wide range of global music greats including Sun Ra, Peter Gabriel, Bugge Wesseltoft, Hamid Drake, Martyn Bennett, Geri Allen, Satoko Fuji………

Live performances feature the musical approach presented on the new CD, material like a mash up of Joan Armatrading and Ornette Coleman, a Jeff Buckley cover and some of Tom Bancroft’s original compositions mixed up with very accessible melodic and rhythmic improvised pieces where the focus is on interaction, empathy and compelling collective musical storytelling. Trio Red have played at the London Jazz Festival, Islay Jazz Festival,
Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Shetland Jazz Festival, toured supporting the Yellowjackets perfomed at many venues across the UK and will be featuring in the Made in UK Program at the Rochester Jazz Festival in the US in June 2015.

“riveting set… complex, twisting, percussion-powered episodes are played like a rougher, brawling Brad Mehldau band. Cawley is inspired…. Zanussi's majestic..It's a shot-in-the-dark venture that turned into a world-class trio.” 
The Guardian **** 

“this great new trio….bursts with creativity… Cawley’s soloing is a delight throughout… slow deliberation…through to pyrotechnics…brings this beautiful album to a fitting conclusion…” BBC Music Website

Live Review Sample:

"Trio Red, a simply stunning ensemble…..They are, in turns, challenging and accessible – master musicians and improvisers in true jazz style…….Astounding is the only word that applies however." 
Shetland News 16/2/13

“Trio Red were one of the outstanding acts booked for the Haddo Arts Festival 2014. Their playing was crisp and imaginative; stealing the show completely. They had our audience enthralled; both those experienced in the world of jazz and those comparatively new to the genre. The audience reaction stood testament to this – an overwhelmingly positive response in all our feedback. Trio Red were a delight to host; they responded quickly to emails and were helpful, polite and friendly at all times. I would recommend them unhesitatingly to other promoters – a great night will be had by all!”

Alice Dennis, Haddo Arts Festival 13/10/2014

Here is a clip of the band:


La Fête de la Musique 21 juin 2015: Vivre Ensemble la Musique

FrenchAt the Historic Colored Musicians Club on Sunday is a celebration of French jazz influence, hosted by Bernard Kunz and organized by Alliance Française de Buffalo with the support of Buffalo – Lille Sister Cities Association and American Association of Teachers of French – WNY Chapter.  Hre is the schedule provided by Bernard:

Featuring the Music of 

3 – 4 pm
Maggie Roston and the Buffalo Belles Jazz Quartet
Award winning local players from the Ladies First Jazz Combo

4 – 5 pm
Le Quatuor Guignols
with Marc Cousins, bass
Andrew Peruzzini, trumpet
Andreas Mathieu Kunz, soprano sax
Bernard Kunz, guitar

5 – 6 pm

back from their first tour in Europe

with Walter Kemp III, piano

James Benders, bass

David Teaspoon Hulett, drums

Bernard Kunz, guitar, oud

6 – 9 pm Jazz Jam hosted by grüvology

Admission is free, donations accepted
Drinks (wine, beer, soda) and food available

Jazz In Town

On Thursday June 18th at Brioso beginning at 6:00pm you can catch the Jon Lehning Trio with Jon Lehning on sax, Harry Graser on keyboards, and Lindsey Holland on vocals. 

On Thursday June 18th catch the Alfie Alessandra Duo with Phil Sims at Merge beginning at 7pm

On Friday June 19th at 8pm see the Bobby Militello Quartet at Iris.  $8 pre-sale, $10 day of performance.

On Friday, June 19th, see the Jazz Example continue their long-standing run at the Anchor Bar beginning at 8pm


Gc black rockLook for the George Caldwell Quintet at Sportsmen Tavern Thursday June 25th with an outstanding line up featuring as described by George and Sportsmen Tavern: 

Playing the event are: music professor at the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, Clay Jenkins (trumpet); Buffalo jazz icon, Bobby Militello (alto saxophone); first place winner of the International 2015 Scott LaFaro competition, Mike Forfia (contrabass) ; and, WNY’s first call percussionist and professor at State University of New York at Fredonia music, John Bacon (drums) led by Grammy Award winning pianist and University at Buffalo Jazz Professor, George Caldwell (piano).



Mm project june.001The Mary McMahon Project performs at Pausa Art House on Friday June 26 celebrating the Great American Songbook with vocalist Mary McMahon with Bobby Jones on piano, Wayne Moose on bass, Tim Clarke on trumpet, Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussions.






Paul marinaro poster.001Announcing jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro from Chicago will be performing two dates in August at the Premier Cabaret in MusicalFare.  Brought to you by JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre.  Reserve tickets early for this one too – tickets are selling fast!  Stay tuned for a possible third show being added.







Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!


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