Jazz In Town: Jazz Explodes For the 4th!

As we head towards the 4th of July celebration, jazz will continue to explode throughout the area.  Look for more outstanding jazz as the summer gets underway.


George Scott Big Band, Monday, July 4th 2 pm at Canalside (Downtown Buffalo)

GSBB CanalsideThe George Scott Big Band will be performing the sounds of big band jazz for the new Buffalo tradition of hosting the 4th of July celebration downtown at Canalside.  The band is cast with talented musicians and some very spirited modern arrangements.  Being the 4th holiday, this puts jazz at the heart of holiday celebrations for the whole family. 






Jumaane Smith, Thursday, June 30th at 7pm at Shea’s Smith Theatre

JumaaneSmith2WEB-1Trumpeter Jumaane Smith has made a name for himself touring with Michael Buble’, and most recently, releasing his debut record “I Only Have Eyes For You” – a tribute to the Great American Songbook.  Jumaane has been touring since the age of 16 and was part of the inaugural class for jazz studies at the famed Julliard in New York City.  Joining Jumaane will be Buffalo’s own Carmen Intorre on drums.   Tickets $35.   





Jazz In Town

Wed night jazz.001.jpeg.001For Wednesday Night Jazz at Mezza, hosted by bassist Wayne Moose, on June 29th at 6:30 pm see jazz vocalist Jeffrey Arthur.  Here is what the schedule looks like so far. 







On Wednesday, June 29th at 7 pm, you can see vocalist Colleen Williams with pianist Bobby Jones at GiGi’s

On Wednesday, June 29th at 8 pm at the Gypsy Parlor, it is the monthly Gypsy Jazz Jam hosted by Dave Pinchoff and Einat Agmon

On Thursday, June 30th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, you can see An Evening Of Antonio Carlos Jobim with Kelly Bucheger, sax, Tim Clarke, trumpet, Doug Dreishpoon, drums and percussion, Gabriella, vocals, and Ron LoCurto, guitar

Grover wash at pausaOn Friday, July 1st beginning at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, Jon Lehning will lead a band doing the music of Grover Washington, Jr. featuring special guest Bobby Militello.  The band will include Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Harry Graser – Piano, Adam Bronstein – Guitar, Anthony Henry – Bass, Alec Dube – Drums, Alex McArthur – Vocals, and special guest Bobby Militello – Saxophones




On Friday, the JazzQuest Trio with Bill Bates, John Murphy, and Bob White will be playing starting at 5:30 pm on the Portico side of the Albright-Knox Art Museum as part of 1st Friday.

On Friday, July 1st at Wegman’s (Niagara Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda) you can catch My Cousin Tone’ beginning at 6 pm.

On Friday you can see trioPayazzo at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora beginning at 7 pm.

On Saturday, July 2nd at Hot Mama’s Canteen beginning at 1 pm you can see Luke Ciminelli and Anthony Re for Beats and Brunch followed by Anne Phillippone at 5 pm.

Neitzche's monday happy hourThis summer, Nietzsche’s on Allen will host a Summer Happy Hour Series on Mondays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Click on the photo for 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 led by Bilal Abdullah on sax and Doug “Trigger” Gaston on piano

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.  And, the Joe Baudo Organ-based group performs on Wednesday between 12 pm and 2 pm.

Don’t forget the Historic Colored Musicians Club has open rehearsals on Mondays with George Scott Big Band and on Thursdays with the Charles McLaughlin Big Band.  Sundays typically have a performance at 6 pm followed by jazz jam at 7 pm.



The legendary Pat Martino and his trio return to Buffalo Iron Works on Friday, July 8th for two shows at 8 pm and 10 pm.  Tickets are $40 general admission and $55 reserved seating.





Preservation hal jazz bandThe Preservation Hall Jazz Band makes an appearance at the Thursday Canalside concerts on July 14th at 6:30 pm



Hollow Bistro Brunch July.001The JazzBuffalo / Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch will be held on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and will feature Ralph Fava on guitar and Bud Fadale on bass.  Be sure to call for reservations soon for seating and excellent menu!





Got a matchThe next JazzBuffalo / 189 Sunday Jazz Series takes place on July 17th with a focus on the youth and rising stars of jazz as we host Jon Lehning’s Got A Match? Jazz Quintet, which performs a tribute to the Chick Corea Electrik Band. 










Fava fadale duo.001The next Premier Cabaret Jazz Duo Series event, presented by JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre, is scheduled for Sunday, August 14th.  Get tickets soon for the event will feature the duo of Ralph Fava on guitar and Bud Fadale on bass.  






Look for the CMC and the Pappy Martin jazz festivals coming in July!


Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!

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