Jazz in the Greater Buffalo area hits a post-festival period this summer. However, there is plenty of excellent jazz to be found. Look for originality and more from the stable of top-notch jazz artists in WNY.
This Sunday, August 9th beginning at 2pm at the steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo News-Albright-Knox Art Gallery Summer Jazz Series final date takes place. Featured will be international Latin Jazz artist, and hometown favorite, Wendell Rivera. Riviera's original music is highly acclaimed in the circles of Latin Jazz. He will be backed by John Bacon, Jr. on drums, David Kayne on vibes, John Curry on bass, Pat Georger on piano, and Andy Weinzler on saxophone. Here is the write-up on the Albright-Knox page:
Wendell Rivera is one of the leading ambassadors of Latin jazz, an invigorating jazz sound that incorporates Afro-Caribbean grooves with the free melodic and harmonic elements of progressive jazz. Rivera came into his own in 1996 with his debut album No Boundaries on his own WPR Music label. Two years later, he released Portfoliounder World Class Records. Portfoliodrew critical acclaim and put him on the map as a jazz leader. Over the years he has performed with artists as diverse as Ben Vereen, Aretha Franklin, Dave Valentin, Bob Mintzer, Humberto Ramirez, Yomo Toro, and Ralph Irrizarry. He has performed frequently in high profile jazz festivals in and around Western New York. In 2000, Rivera was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, an award that recognized his achievements and musical contributions.
Star People – The Miles Davis Project
The George Caldwell led project exploring the music of Miles Davis continues on Saturday, August 8 beginning at 8pm. Look for George Caldwell on piano, Miles Tucker on tenor sax, Tim Clarke on trumpet, Bobby Militello on alto sax, Danny Ziemann on bass, and John Bacon, Jr. on drums.
Ben Levitt And Jared Tinkham Debut Originals
Bassist Ben Levitt and guitarist Jared Tinkham plan to introduce and debut original music through the group Jazz Cache’ on Thursday, August 6, beginning at 8pm. Joining the group will be guitarist Matt Michaud, home visiting from Colorado, and David Phillips on drums. Great to see Buffalo jazz artists stretching out with original music!
Jim Tudini Big Band
Mary McMahon Project
At Merge on August 8th at 7pm, the Mary McMahon Project takes the stage with Mary McMahon on vocals, Chuck Buffamonte on guitar, Bud Fadale on bass, Maggie Roston on flute, and Tony Zambito on hybrid percussions as the bands performs jazz standards and bossa nova tunes.
For old style Dixieland jazz, check out the Fredtown Stompers at Pausa on Friday, August 7th beginning at 8pm. Featuring The Fredtown Hot Seven of Sean Ebert, trumpet, Andy Ehnes, trombone, Meissa Sauers, clarinet, Mike Magoo, piano, Eric DeJesus, guitar, Brian DeJesus, bass, and Brian McKenna, drums.
The next JazzBuffalo Sunday Jazz Series, in partnership with 189 Public House in East Aurora, takes place Sunday, August 16th beginning at 5:30pm. Featured will be Jazz Vibes Featuring Joanne Lorenzo on vibes, George Caldwell on keyboards, Sabu Adeyola on bass, Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussions.
Wednesday Night Jazz, at Mezza and 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 (29-30) 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!!