Whether the make-up of jazz bands will be trios, quintets, ensembles, or big bands, there is fabulous jazz happening throughout greater Buffalo. Bands that will feature some of the best jazz talents in WNY!
The 3 Tenors
One of the fabulous events happening this weekend is The 3 Tenors. The event is part of the JazzBuffalo Sunday jazz Series, in partnership with 189 Public House, takes place Sunday, December 13th beginning at 6 pm with no cover. The concert will feature the incredible line-up of Phil DiRe, Dave Schiavone, and Bobby Militello on tenor saxophones. Rounding out the ensemble will be George Caldwell on piano, Wayne Moose on bass, and John Bacon, Jr. on drums. What a way to close out the first season of the Sunday Jazz Series. For more information, see the JazzBuffalo article here: The 3 Tenors
A Big Band Holiday
On Saturday, December 12th at 4pm and 8 pm, as well as, on Sunday, December 13th at 2 pm, you can see the Big Band Holiday tribute at MusicalFare Cabaret Lounge. The big band, led by Phil Sims on trombone, will feature Katy Miner, vocals, Russ D'Alba, Ken Kuriscak, Harry Fackelman, saxophones, Tim Clarke, trumpet, Harry Graser, piano, Paul Zapalowski, bass, and Tom Kasperek, drums. The big band will jazz up some of your holiday favorites. Call the MusicalFare box office soon for the Saturday shows are all but sold out with tickets ($25) remaining for Sunday.
Composer and Trombonist David DeWitt has put together an eclectic new ensemble that will appear at Pausa Art House Thursday, December 10th at 8 pm. Here is the description: Shifting Sands is a new & exciting Electro-Acoustic Ensemble that will have its encore performance at Pausa. The group is lead by composer/Trombonist David DeWitt – "I wanted a project to compose for, but didn`t want to write for a standard instrumentation. So the idea for Shifting Sands because I wanted something out of my comfort zone." Helen Butler-Cappaglia & Ana Vafai – Electric Violins, Ken Foster – EWI (Electric Wind Instrument), Jack Culp – Electric Bass, Ray Bennett – Drums & David DeWitt – Trombone
Jazz In Town
The band Why Not will be performing at the Villa Maria Recital Hall on Thursday, December 10th at 11 am.
On Friday, December 11th at 10 pm ($4 cover) you will find the Alec Dube’s Standards Quintet at McGarrets with Alec Dube – Vibraphone, Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Dave Pinchoff – Keyboards, Anthony Henry – Bass, and Stephen Lattimore – Drums
On Sunday, December 13th at the Historic Colored Musicians Club Sunday Night Jam, the duo of Alec Dube on vibes and Harry Graser on piano will open up the first hour of performance beginning at 6 pm.
On Monday, December 14th the George Scott Big Band will be hosting a Happy Jazzy Holiday at the Historic Colored Musicians Club. (Free and Cash bar)
On Wednesday, December 16th Dave Schiavone is the guest for the Wednesday Night Jazz at Mezza hosted by bassist Wayne Moose.
On Wednesday, December 16th at Mason’s Grille in Hamburg at 7:30 pm see the Frank Gerard/Ray Chamberlain Quartet with vocalist Cheryl Ferris.
On Wednesday, December 16th at GiGi’s in Kenmore see Bobby Militello with Bobby Jones and Jerry Livingston at 7 pm.
See the Jazz Example at the Anchor Bar at their standing gigs every Friday beginning at 8 pm.
See Sol Y Sombra, Latin jazz, at the Anchor Bar on Saturday’s beginning at 8 pm.
See pianist George Jones with bassist Bill Stiebel and drummer John Bacon, Jr. at Oliver’s every Saturday beginning at 8 pm.
A reminder that the Joe Baudo Big Band performs every Tuesday at the Sportsmen Tavern from 12 pm to 2 pm.
A Guaraldi Christmas in the City event takes place Shea’s Smith Theatre on Thursday, December 17th at 7 pm. The description: A tribute to the Christmas music of Vince Guaraldi. Grüvology performs the album in its entirety, and a children's choir sings under the direction of Linda Appleby. Anthony Re will open the entertainment with a wonderful set of great jazz standards. Tickets are $22
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!