Variety marks jazz in the Greater Buffalo area this week. Mixed with just about every style possible.
Jazz In Town
This Wednesday, September 9th beginning at 6:30pm , Wednesday Night Jazz at Mezza, hosted by Wayne Moose, will feature saxophonist Andrew Weinzler with Wayne Moose on bass, George Caldwell on keyboards, and Dan Hull on drums. Here is Wayne Moose’s descriptive bio of Andrew:
Andy Weinzler received a Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami (FL) where he was a member of the acclaimed Concert Jazz Band with fellow saxophonists Andy Snitzer, Ed Calle and Mike Scaglione. He has toured the United States with Maynard Ferguson and has performed with the big bands of Lionel Hampton, John LaBarbera, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. He has also been called upon to tour with Chuck Mangione and the big bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Andy has had the privilege of performing with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sam Noto, Joe Romano, Bruce Johnstone, Joe LaBarbera, Don Menza, Tony Bennett, Kevin Mahogany, Tom Schuman, Jeff Hamilton, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Della Reese, Frankie Valli, the Temptations and Spinners. He has been a tenor and soprano saxophone soloist with the Gap Mangione Big Band since 1991 and has recorded 3 CDs: ‘Planet Gap’ (1997), ‘Stolen Moments’ (2002) and ‘Family Holiday’ (2004), featuring world-class musicians Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, John Patitucci, Grant Geissman and fellow saxophonists Pat LaBarbera and Gerry Niewood. In 2015 Gap released the quintet recording 'Live in Toronto' featuring Andy, Pat LaBarbera, Neil Swainson and Steve Curry. He can also be heard on Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz Ensemble CD featuring world-renown bassist John Patitucci. Starting at age 17 Andy began performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and has since performed with many artists such as Doc Severinsen, Eddie Daniels, Johnny Mathis, Bob Hope, Nancy Wilson, Maureen McGovern, Peter Nero, Ben Folds, Mark Isham, Glenn Campbell, Marcus Roberts and Chucho Valdez. Andy can be heard on two BPO recordings (Naxos), which feature the music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. Andy was honored to be featured in the May/June 2013 Issue of ‘Saxophone Journal’ (Dorn Publications). As a member of one of Buffalo's premier Salsa groups, 'Sol y Sombra', Andy can be heard performing regularly at the famous 'Anchor Bar'. As a woodwind doubler he has been in orchestras in Miami and Buffalo for Broadway shows such as ‘West Side Story’, ‘Chorus Line’, ‘42nd Street’, 'Evita', 'Grand Hotel', 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Andy was Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada (1986 to 1989) where he taught saxophone, woodwinds, jazz theory, improvisation and composition and was a member of the in-residence faculty jazz sextet, JazFX, performing at major Canadian jazz festivals. There he recorded several original compositions for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as well as the self-titled record for Mark Records. He also oversaw operations of the university recording studio. Andy’s students have attended the Eastman School of Music, the University of Miami (FL) and other fine programs. Andy is deeply grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities and experiences he has had through music and acknowledges them all as blessings from God.
At Pausa Art House on Thursday, September, there will be a special event called Pianothon, which will feature pianist from the area in both jazz and classical. A night of jazz originals and classical piano works performed by : Eric Huebner, George Caldwell, Edward Chilungu, Walter Kemp III, Kevin Doyle, Bobby Jones, Robert Merlin Davis, Hangyu Bai, Nicholas Emmanuel, Jonathan Rizzo, Jade Conlee & Jinheng Tang.
On Friday, September 11th beginning at 8pm, Jon Nelson's new project debuts. Inspired by the bandas of southern Mexico, this new ensemble explores a wide range of repertoire; music from Latin America; Mambos, Salsa, Oaxaqueñas, and rock and funk favorites by Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Herbie Hancock, and Led Zeppelin. Jon Nelson – sousaphone / director, Dave DeWitt – trombone, Tim Clarke, Jim Bohm, Kathy Hanes – trumpets, Tom Marinaro – tenor sax, Steve Baczkowski – baritone and soprano sax, Drew Azzinaro – guitar, John Bacon Jr. – drums
In East Aurora Sunday, September 13th beginning at 4:30pm at the Aurora Theatre, The GFWC Aurora’s Woman’s Club presents the George Scott Big Band with Melissa Kate and Christopher Lamendola on vocals. Doors open at 3:30pm: At the Aurora Theatre, 673 Main Street (Rt. 20A), East Aurora, NY , Tickets: 655-5043 or email, AWC.EA2015@gmail.com, $25 pre-sale, $30 at door , or send check payable to, Aurora Women's Club, P.O. Box 767, East Aurora, NY 14052
See My Cousin Tone' at Wegman's on Sheridan and Evans on Friday, September 11th beginning at 6pm
The Jazz Example led by Doug “Trigger” Gaston continues their Friday night performances at the Anchor Bar beginning at 8pm
Oliver’s Restaurant features George Jones on piano with All Hands beginning at 7pm on Saturdays
Block off September 25th as Jazz Vibes performs at Pausa Art House. This will be a special fundraising event for Joanne Lorenzo and her work with the Mary Magdalene Project in Niagara County. Look for a star-studded list of jazz musicians chipping in.
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!