Jazz In Town: May Blossoms With Jazz Music

The month of May continues with an abundance of fantastic jazz.  Bringing international jazz stars to the city.  And, with local talent providing the best in jazz. 


Kendrick Scott Oracle, Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 pm at the UB Center For The Arts

Kendrick-Scott-Oracle.sized_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.  Here is what Terrence Blanchard has to say: 

"Kendrick Scott has become the Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams of his generation," says the renowned trumpeter and bandleader Terence Blanchard of his longtime drummer, who makes his Blue Note debut with the release of a remarkable new album, We Are The Drum. "He's a brilliant mind bringing innovation to the music and at the same time creating a safe place for young talent to develop and grow."

Here is a video clip of Oracle in performance:


An Evening with John Pizzarelli, Saturday, May 14th at 8 pm at Buffalo State Performing Arts Center

JohnPizzarelliOn Saturday, May 14th at 8 pm John Pizzarelli visits Buffalo for a performance at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center.  Pizzarelli has carved out a niche as a guitarist and singer interpreting the songs of Frank Sinatra, as well as, Paul McCartney.  Here is a further description from the arts center:

Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing.

Pizzarelli has been called “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. After his smash success with the Boston Pops, he was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Seattle Times called him “a tour de force” and “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Before a show in the northwest, the local paper quipped, “John Pizzarelli is so impossibly cool, he shouldn’t be legally allowed to enter Oregon.”

This video clip, from the Midnight McCartney album, will give you a good preview of what to expect:


The Mary McMahon Project, Saturday, May 14th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House 

Mary mcmahon may 14.001Vocalist Mary McMahon brings her unique and stylistic jazz vocals to PAUSA Art House. Presenting an evening of vocal jazz standards. the Great American Song Book, and more. The evening will feature Bobby Jones on piano, Dave Schiavone on sax and flute, Wayne Moose on bass, Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion! A night bound to be filled with song and intoxicating jazz music.

Here is a previous clip of Mary McMahon in a duet with pianist Bobby Jones:


Buffalo Jazz Octet – Live Recording, Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13th  at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

BuffaloJazzOctet-filteredThe Buffalo Jazz Octet provides original compositions that are rich in contemporary, improvisational, and with a free jazz bent.  They will be recording two nights of live performances.  The band welcomes back Michael McNeil on piano and will be led by conductor Brendan Fitzgerald.  Look for original compositions by Michael McNeil and drummer John Bacon, Jr. 

Here is a clip of the Octet's previous performance at Pausa in 2015:


Phil DiRe and Friends (JazzBuffalo/189 Sunday Jazz Series), Sunday, May 15th at 6 pm at 189 Public House (East Aurora)

Phil dire sunday series.001The 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 6 pm for the series.


Here is a brief clip of Phil DiRe on a solo at 189 last year:





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 11th) see John Hasselback, Jr. on trombone and Lisa Hasselback on keyboards.

Jazz on the edgeOn Friday, May 13th at 10 pm, see the event Jazz On The Edge at Nietzsche’s, which will feature Adam Bronstein’s Freehand Band and guest Michael McNeil on piano, as well as, other bands as they explore funk and free-form jazz.

On Saturday, May 14th at 7 pm at Merge, you can see Bernard Kunz on guitar and James Bender on bass for free jazz improv between the both

On Saturday, May 14th at 8 pm at The Roycroft Inn you can catch The Phil Sims Jazz Quartet with Phil Sims, Warren Stirtzinger, Jim Colemon, and Tom Kasperek

On Sunday, May 15th at 6 pm at the Historic Colored Musician’s Club, see Jazzline with Jennie Jones, Dennis Warne, and Marc Cousins for the first hour to be followed by the weekly jam

On Tuesday, May 17th at Shannon's Pub at 7 pm you can catch the River Dogs Dixieland Jazz Band

Nietzsche's monday happy hourBeginning in this month of May and through the summer, Nietzsche’s on Allen will host a Summer Happy Hour Series on Mondays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The photo/poster is the schedule of the dates and performers throughout the summer

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.









Phil dire sunday series.001The 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.  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.  Read the JazzBuffalo article here.









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.  Read more about this special concert on JazzBuffalo here.  







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

Hollow brunch.001The 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.  Read more about the Hollow Bistro and the series here on JazzBuffalo.






Janice mitchell beishline duo.001The
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






Walter kemp 3 ohThe 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!!


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