Jazz is often about homecomings and goings. This summer is no exception. We’ve welcomed home native sons and daughters. And, yet we have the bittersweet pleasure of saying goodbyes to people and artists we have been happy to get to know.
One send-off taking place on Saturday, August 15th, is that of pianist extraordinaire Michael McNeil. Many in the Buffalo jazz community are aware Michael is relocating to Austin, TX. Michael will be in concert with a host of friends and jazz musicians as we celebrate the artist and person, Michael McNeil. Look for jazz musicians like John Bacon, Kelly Buchager, Juini Booth, Greg Piontek, Brian DeJesus, and more. Included will be musicians from Michael’s endeavors with Wooden Cities.
Michael’s departure comes on the heels of his recently released CD Michael McNeil Trio: Flight. The CD is complete with exquisitely beautiful compositions in Michael McNeil’s lyrical style whereby notes float across your consciousness. Ken Filiano on bass and Phil Haynes on drums fill out the Trio.
Check a tune from the CD here:
You will be able to find the CD on iTunes, Amazon, and on the shelf at Record Theatre. This is a befitting CD to keep the presence of Michael McNeil in Buffalo.
Charlie Hunter Trio
Modern jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter visits 189 Public House, Saturday, August 15th. His unique use of modified 7-string and 8-string guitars has led to a series of original music and CD releases. Greater Buffalo native Bobby Previte joins in on drums with Curtis Fowlkes on trombone. The concert begins at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are $15-$20. The trio will be performing as part of their tour of the newly released album “Let The Bells Ring On”. Here is a very cool tune from the album and what you can expect:
Here is a link to a well-written preview also offered up by Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers: Charlie Hunter
JazzBuffalo Sunday Jazz Series With Jazz Vibes Featuring Joanne Lorenzo
The next JazzBuffalo Sunday Jazz Series concert, in partnership with 189 Public House in East Aurora, is Sunday, August 16th beginning at 5:30pm (note new time). The concert will feature Jazz Vibes led by vibraphonist Joanne Lorenzo. George Caldwell on keyboards, Sabu Adeyola on bass, Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums, and Tony Zambito round out the ensemble. Joanne has been one of the premier jazz vibraphonists in the area, stemming from her days playing along and featured by Al Tinney. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch Joanne on vibes and also to see the group Jazz Vibes together. Each Jazz Vibes gathering has been a momentous burst of chemistry. Here is one such burst from a recent tribute to Lionel Hampton at MusicalFare Theatre Cabaret Lounge, where Joanne shines:
Jazz In Town
See My Cousin Tone’ at Wegman’s on Sheridan and Evans beginning at 6pm Friday, August 14th
The Jazz Example led by Doug “Trigger” Gaston continues their Friday night performances at the Anchor Bar beginning at 8pm
On Friday, August 14th, you can see trumpeter Mark Filsinger and guitarist Warren Stirtzinger at the Saigon Cafe beginning at 9pm
On Saturday, August 15th, see the Joanna Batt Trio at the Saigon Cafe beginning at 8pm with Jack Kulp and Phil Sims
Bassist John Shaughnessy returns for a hometown visit from Charlotte North Carolina. He will be appearing at the Historic Colored Musicians Club with Walt Sopicki on guitar beginning at 6pm on Sunday, April 16th. The CMC jazz jam follows after the first hour.
Oliver’s Restaurant features George Jones on piano with All Hands beginning at 7pm on Saturdays
On Wednesday, August 19th, catch the Frank Gerard/Ray Chamberlain Quartet featuring Cheryl Ferris on vocals beginning at 7:30 pm at Mason's Grille in Hamburg
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!!