As we begin the month of May, we enter a month about to offer an explosion of events featuring fantastic jazz. Bringing to the forefront both international and local jazz artists. Rivaling any major city in America.
Snarky Puppy Saturday, May 7th at 7 pm at the Town Ballroom
The contemporary jazz-fusion band, making waves in the music world and winner of multiple Grammy Awards and winner of JazzTimes Best Big Band in 2015 makes an appearance at the Town Ballroom. Here is how NPR describes the band:
The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world, and their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It's where they'd take in gospel performances in area churches; it's near where they initially met at a music school at the University of North Texas in Denton. As bassist and bandleader, Michael League explains, you can hear all those collisions in the pocket of their complex and beyond-category grooves. Snarky Puppy makes what it calls "music for the brain and booty" alike.
Here is a sneak preview video clip of them in performance:
Twin Talk Thursday, May 5th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House
Buffalo gets a visit from the Chicago-based trio making waves in the contemporary and improvisational jazz world. The trio is celebrating the release of their self-titled album on the Ears & Eyes Record label. Here is what the publisher Cool Cleveland had to say:
"Twin Talk is a relatively new, youthful ensemble out of Chicago that’s steeped in that city’s long history of experimental and avant-garde jazz-based music. Drummer Andrew Green, bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and sax player Dustin Laurenzi represent the next generation of players in that tradition, gleefully playing with song structures, melodies and rhythms to create something distinctively their own." - Cool Cleveland
This video clip will give you a good preview of what to expect:
Max Hatt and Edda Glass, May 7th at 7 pm at C Dee Wright Center (Akron, NY)
This is Max and Edda's second tour to the East following last year's acclaimed performance at the 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. Here is a video clip that talks about their new tour and their special brand of folk-jazz:
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & Buffalo PlusTet, Thursday, May 5th at 8 pm at Asbury Hall
This event marks the start of an interesting contemporary and improvisational 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.
No doubt this will be adventurous music for adventurous ears. Here is a little insight into the bicycle tour:
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 (May 4th) see male jazz vocalist Jeff Arthur who travels from across the border in Canada.
On Wednesday, May 4th at 7 pm at GiGi’s, see Colleen Williams on vocals with Bobby Jones on keyboards
On Wednesday, May 4th at 8 pm at McGarret's there is an open jazz jam that takes place once per month hosted by Dave and Carolyn Lansom
On Wednesday, May 4th at 7 pm you can see the Frank Gerard / Ray Chamberlain Quartet with vocalist Cheryl Ferris at Mason's Grille in Hamburg
On Friday, May 6th at 7 pm at Wegman’s Amherst, see Jazzline with Jennie Jones, Dennis Warne, and Marc Cousins
On Friday, May 6th at 7:30 pm at The Roycroft Inn you can catch Three O with Rick Strauss, John Duffy Fornes, and Rob Willimas
On Saturday, May 7th at 8 pm you can find organ jazz with the Walt Sopicki Organ Trio featuring Walt Sopicki on guitar, Ron Peterson on the B3 Hammond, and Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums at Pausa Art House
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.
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.
On Thursday, May 12th you can catch the Kendrick Scott Oracle project at UB Center for the Arts. Kendrick Scott formed Oracle in 2006, and the band currently features a top notch collective of young musicians capable of a wide range of musical expression: saxophonist John Ellis, keyboardist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Mike Moreno and bassist Joe Sanders.
On Saturday, May 14th at 8 pm John Pizzarelli visits Buffalo for a performance at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
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. For more details, read the JazzBuffalo article here.
Make 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. See the JazzBuffalo article here.
In June, look for two exciting series presented by JazzBuffalo and partners The Hollow Bistro and MusicalFare Theatre to begin:
The First Saturday Jazz Brunch, which will begin in Clarence at The Hollow Bistro and Brew 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. See the JazzBuffalo article here.
The 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. For more details and how to reserve seats, read the JazzBuffalo article here.
The Walter Kemp 3 Oh group will be having a special CD Release concert performance on June 17th at Hallwalls. The band features Walter Kemp III on the piano, Rishon O'Del Nothington on bass, and David Teaspoon Hulett on drums.
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!