Jazz In Town: Exploring Originals And More

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.

Wendell Rivera

Wendell Rivera (2)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

Star people 1The 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

Jazz cache originalsBassist 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

Tudini M&TLook for the Jim Tudini Big Band at the M&T Lunch Concert Series at M&T Plaza.  Hear the sounds of the big bands from a collection of some of the best players in the Buffalo area.


Mary McMahon Project

Merge 8 8.001At 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.





Fredtown Stompers

Fredtown stompers 1For 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. 









Jazz Vibes 8 16.001The 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.  





Bruce johnstone

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





Phil direPhil DiRe returns to Pausa on August 21st with Dave Schiavone!





Paul marinaro poster.001Jazz 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!






Cabaret Big Band group shot 14See Jazz On Broadway at the Premier Cabaret in MusicalFare featuring vocalist Katy Miner and the Cabaret Band jazz ensemble on August 22. 








Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!



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