Jazz In Town: Jazz In The Heat

The heat may be getting to us but it makes for a time to find hot jazz playing through the WNY area.  In air-conditioned rooms or a through the cool breeze in the evening, you will find jazz at its best.  (This will be an abbreviated Jazz In Town due to my being out of town and catching great jazz in New York City!  And, it is blazing hot here!)

Pine Grill Reunion

Pine grill reunionOn Sunday, August 2nd beginning at 4pm, the first of two weekends for the 25th annual Pine Grill Reunion takes place at Martin Luther King park.  First up is Calvin Newborn with Juini Booth and friends.  Next week on August 9th features the Charlie Reedy Band.  Refer to the poster for more information about this classic reunion of the famous jazz club, which used to be on Jefferson. 

Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishiline

The Buffalo News and Albright-Knox Art Gallery Summer Jazz Series continues on Sunday, August 2nd at 2pm.  Here is the nice write-up regarding this couple:

Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishline are both are natives of Western New York, but performed throughout the world before resettling in this area. Their unique sound features gospel-blues backgrounds that subtly flavor their polished jazz standard arrangements. Jim Beishline is recognized and respected among his peers for his superb style, exhibited in his trio arrangements for piano, upright bass, and drums. Beishline’s piano styles span the full spectrum from blues to jazz and his versatile talent is featured on many local recordings. He has performed with local and nationally acclaimed artists, including Muddy Waters, Mike Civisca, Spyro Gyra, Tony Galla, Chuck Berry, Sal Andolina, Billy McEwin, Danny & The Juniors, Chuck Harrington, Wendell Rivera, Patty Coyle, Jeff Hackworth, and Rick Strauss. In 2011, Beishline had the opportunity to play piano with Aretha Franklin and her band when they performed in Western New York. Jim’s quartet was voted the Top Jazz Group by Buffalo Music Awards in 2000. 

Janice mitchellJanice Mitchell’s extensive musical background includes five world tours as a backup singer for Ray Charles (as a Raelette). She has also provided backup vocals for Stevie Wonder, Fabian, and many more. Mitchell has recorded with a long list of musical giants, including Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, and many others. Her exceptional talents have taken her to the showrooms of Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas casinos, as well as cruise ships. Movie fans may recognize Mitchell from her appearance and vocals in the Sidney Poitier film Uptown Saturday Night. Mitchell was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2000.


In 2009, Beishline and Mitchell were sponsored by the London Council of the Arts to perform in the UK at their annual jazz festival in coastal Wales. 


Jazz In Town

On Thursday, July 30th at Milo’s Restaurant at 6pm catch the Jon Lehning Trio

Thursday, July 30th at Merge find Mark Filsinger’s Hot Trad 5 beginning at 7pm

On Friday, July 31st catch the Heather Holden Quartet at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora


Wednesday Night Jazz, hosted by bassist Wayne Moose, will host the baritone sax legend Bruce Johnstone on August 12th.

Jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro from Chicago will be performing three dates in August at the Premier Cabaret in MusicalFare.  Brought to you by JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre.  The Saturday show is sold out and a third show has been added so reserve tickets early for this one too!

Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!


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