This Saturday, July 25th, marks the 10th anniversary of the Queen City Jazz Festival. This milestone is accompanied by another milestone of lengthy longevity in serving the Buffalo community as the Historic Colored Musicians Club celebrates their 80th year in existence.
Recently, the club has been the beneficiary of a giving community and a dedicated board intent on preserving the history of the club, which saw many jazz greats, ring the bell and walk through its doors. Under the leadership of George Scott, the club has opened a museum on the first floor and has freshened up the historic upstairs room still thriving with music nearly every day of the week.
For the 10th anniversary of the Queen City Jazz Festival, the music is being expanded to three separate areas. The outdoor main stage on Broadway, upstairs in the club, and in the museum itself will be the centers of music throughout the day. This is the most expansive effort yet by the organizers of the festival.
The line-up is impressive and will have you darting from one stage to the next. The performers are a cast of some of the best in the area and include:
Mark Filsinger’s Eleventet band is a must see with a who’s who of jazz performers and some of the best arrangements you will hear anywhere
Doug “Trigger” Gaston’s Jazz Examples, a mainstay at the Anchor Bar weekly, gets out to show the audience what they’ve been missing at the Anchor Bar
Kelly Buchager’s “What Would Mingus Do? will show why even Charles Mingus himself would have been wowed by their original compositions
The hot jazz fusion band Gruvology takes the main stage and you get a chance to hear why they found success on their recent tour in Europe
Multi-talented musician, composer, arranger, and singer Toney Rhodes will close the show at 7:25pm and will surely have you on your feet moving to the sounds of jazz funk and more
And the list goes on. Throughout the day, you can catch JazzWizz, My Cousin Tone’, Katy Minor Quintet, DMW Jazz, and more. Be sure to click on the poster here on this page for times and stage. It is also at the end of this article as well. Get ready for a full day of jazz in the Queen City.
All jazz and music lovers are encouraged to come out as we enjoy a festival celebrating the history of one of Buffalo’s true treasures. And, you will have a chance to visit the treasured museum of the Historic Colored Musicians Club.
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