Jazz In Town: Sharp Jazz Hits Buffalo

Buffalo gets a visit this week from one of the world’s most renowned avant-garde jazz and experimental music composer.  Another example of the growing magnet the city is becoming for both international and regional jazz artists.  Jazz awareness and fan appreciation is spreading in Buffalo!

Elliott Sharp

Elliott sharpHallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is hosting this week internationally celebrated jazz avant-garde artist Elliott Sharp.  A noted guitarist and composer, he will be here on a three-day residency.  Hallwalls notes that Elliott Sharp’s visit will feature “collaboration with the local collective known as the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra (BIO). Mr. Sharp & BIO will perform live in concert in the beautiful Montante Cultural Center on Friday, October 9th 2015. The program will feature Sharp's original compositions, including animated graphic scores projected on a large screen behind the ensemble. Mr. Sharp will also conduct a workshop with music students at Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts.

The BIO will consist of some of Buffalo’s finest musicians:

Elliott Sharp – guitar, compositions
Megan Kyle
 – oboe, English horn
Ellen Barnum – bassoon
Kelly Bucheger – alto/tenor saxophone
Steve Baczkowski – baritone saxophone
Tim Clarke – trumpet
David DeWitt – trombone
Jon Nelson – sousaphone
David Adamczyk – violin
Katie Weissman – cello
Bill Sack – guitar, electronics
John Bacon – drums, percussion

The concert performance is scheduled for Friday, October 9 beginning 8pm at the Montante Cultural Center.  While avant-garde is not for everyone, there is no doubting this is one special visit and unique collaboration, which will result in one unique night. 

The following video will give a taste of what you might expect:


Jazz In Town

On Thursday, October 8th at Pausa Art House beginning at 8pm you can catch the duo Authentic Vibes, which will feature Ray Bennett on vibes and Steve Parisi on piano.  The duo formed many years ago when inspired by the Chick Corea/Gary Burton collaboration.

Jazzline trioOn Friday, October 9 at 6pm you can see Jazzline Trio at Wegman’s on Dick Road with Dennis Warne on guitar, Jennie Jones on sax, and Marc Cousins on bass.




Adam bronsteinOn Saturday, October 10the a McGarret’s at 10pm you can see Adam Bronstein’s Freehand Band with Adam Bronstein on guitar, Brian DeJesus on bass, Ryan Campbell on drums, and Jon Lehning on sax. 


On Friday, October 9th at Saigon Café at 9pm see the Alfie Alessandra Duo with Phil 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

See Sol Y Sombra, Latin jazz, at the Anchor Bar on Saturday’s beginning at 8pm.

See the Fredtown Stompers Sunday, October 11th at 5pm at Sean Patricks


Lina allemanoOn October 16th at Pausa Art House, noted innovative Canadian trumpeter Lina Allemano makes an appearance at Pausa Art House.



BLD-Concert-poster-1On October 17th, Barbara Levy Daniels will be performing at the Burchfield Penney Museum with Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums, Dave Schiavone on sax, Barry Boyd on bass, and Lisa Hasselback on piano.





Quiet Nights MusicalFare.001On October 23rd, see the production of Quiet Nights: Bossa Nova and Jazz Samba at MusicalFare Premier Cabaret Lounge with Mary McMahon on vocals, Bobby Jones on piano, Ralph Fava on guitar, Bud Fadale on bass, Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussions


Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!


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