Jazz In Town: Jazz Appreciation Continues To Grow In WNY

As we enter the final week of jazz appreciation month, there is more jazz to make this month of April quite memorable.  The month culminates on April 30th with the celebration of International Jazz Day.  The level of jazz appreciation continues to grow throughout the region and it will continue to grow.


Star People – The Miles Davis Project Friday, April 29th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Star people 1This project is led by pianist and UB professor George Caldwell.  Throughout the past year, the band has focused on different eras of the Miles Davis discography.  With the release of the Miles Ahead movie, it seems like an appropriate time to hear the music of Miles Davis.  Usually joining Caldwell on these occasions have been Bobby Militello, John Bacon, Jr., Jim Colemon, Miles Tucker, and Tim Clarke.



Jazz In Town

A reminder that Wednesday Night Jazz happens weekly at Mezza beginning at 6:30 pm hosted by bassist Wayne Moose.  This week (April 27th) see the talented trumpeter Tim Clarke and guitarist George Kane who join Wayne Moose on bass for swinging jazz.

On Wednesday, April 27th, the monthly Gypsy Jazz Jam takes place at the Gypsy Parlor and hosted by Einat Agmon and David Pinchoff.

Buff state jazz ensembleOn Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 pm drop in to see the Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble led by Dr. Rick Fleming at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center.



On Friday, April 29th at 7 pm at Merge, see jazz vocalist Mary McMahon with guitarist Rick Strauss, bassist Bud Fadale, and jazz percussionist Tony Zambito

On Saturday, April 30th at 11 am, see the Winelight Duo of Jim Bohm and Dave Calire at the Lodge for their Saturday brunch.  

WordismOn Saturday, April 30th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House you can the unique combination of poetry, the spoken word, and jazz.  Wordism Jazz Sessionz take place with Walter Kemp III and Friends providing the jazz music.




Bsg + CSSPOn Saturday, April 30th at 8 pm you can catch a double bill of jazz happening at The Gypsy Parlor.  At 8 pm you can hear the jazz noir and cabaret styled Carina & The Six String Preacher.  At 9:30 pm you can catch Blues Stone Groove and their repertoire of jazz, blues, soul, and more.


See the Jazz Example at their weekly Friday spot at the Anchor Bar beginning at 8 pm.

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

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.


THBS-Scott-Friedlander-rgbweb_crop-1024x307On Thursday, May 5th at 8 pm at Hallwalls is the start of an interesting contemporary jazz collaboration:  Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & Buffalo PlusTet.  The line-up includes: 

Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, compositions
Jim Hobbs: alto sax
Bill Lowe: tuba
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Tomas Fujiwara: drums
Ken Filiano: bass
Tim Clarke: trumpet
Steve Baczkowski: baritone sax
Dave DeWitt: trombone
Michael McNeill: piano
Dave Arenius: bass
John Bacon: drums

Here is the brief description provided by Hallwalls:

Hallwalls is excited to announce a special artist residency project with the prolific cornetist, composer, bandleader & cyclist Taylor Ho Bynum. As a recipient of a 2015 Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant from Chamber Music America, Hallwalls will present the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet as well as a unique collaboration with an additional sextet of renowned Buffalo-connected musicians to form the Buffalo PlusTet. The residency will also highlight Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour project through impromptu performances around the city via bicycle, and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet will present a masterclass/performance for the music students at Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. 

On Saturday, May 7th Max Hatt and Edda Glass perform at 7:00 at the C Dee Wright Center in Akron, NY.  This is Max and Edda's second tour to the East following last year's acclaimed performance at Lincoln Center. This year's tour is entitled the Ocean of Birds Tour after their soon to be released CD of the same name.  The brand brings a unique blend of bossa nova, jazz, and Americana music to their artistic craft. 

The JazzBuffalo / 189 Sunday Jazz Series will begin once again on Sunday, May 15th with none other than Phil DiRe and Friends once again kicking the year off.  Phil has good friends in John Hasselback, Jr, George Caldwell, John Bacon, Jr., Wayne Moose, and Dave Schiavone. Put this on your calendar and note the new start time now of 6pm.  Look for additional jazz throughout the summer with The Hard Bop Project with Kelly Bucheger, Jon Lehning’s Got A Match? Chick Corea electric project, and The Devin Kelly Trio with Eastman guitarist Bob Sneider.  See the JazzBuffalo article for more details.

Charlap 8 5x11 Flyer (4)On Thursday, May 19th at Williamsville East High School, this year’s annual Legends of Jazz Series will host one of the top jazz pianists in the jazz world today, Bill Charlap.  This annual event exposed the high school students to the brilliance of a major jazz artist and culminates with a concert.  Stay tuned for more details.










Anderson_cabaret_16Make plans to see, direct from New York City and fresh off of their Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman headline performance at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Peter and Will Anderson Trio presented in partnership by JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre Cabaret Lounge.  Be sure to reserve your seats for Sunday, May 22nd beginning at 7 pm.







In June, look for two exciting series presented by JazzBuffalo and partners The Hollow Bistro and MusicalFare Theatre to begin: 

Slide1The First Saturday Jazz Brunch, which will begin in Clarence at The Hollow Bistro on June 4th. Kicking off this series will be a trio consisting of George Kane on guitar, Tim Clarke on trumpet, and Wayne Moose on bass.
















Cabaret_jazz_duoThe Premier Cabaret Jazz Duo Series, which will take place every Second Sunday, kick-offs with Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishline at MusicalFare Theatre Cabaret Lounge on Sunday, June 12th. Stay tuned for more details in the near future. 
















Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!

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