Jazz In Town: Jazz Heats Up In Greater Buffalo!

The heat is on as we enter the midst of summer.  Which can only mean that jazz in the Greater Buffalo is going to be hot.  Whether indoors or outdoors, expect to find jazz in the midst of summer. 


Khea Emmanuel, Thursday, July 14th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Khea emmanuelBuffalo gets a visit from across the border as jazz vocalist Khea Emmanuel brings her version of sultry jazz to town.  Coming from a family heritage of music (Khea is the daughter of legendary Motown artist and guitarist Leroy Emmanuel), Khea brings soul to her love affair with jazz.  She also has opened for Ann Margaret and the recently departed Natalie Cole.  Emmanuel released one self-titled album, Khea, and is currently working on another.  Her Canadian-based trio also recently completed a tour of performances throughout Italy.  Here is Khea on the classic Body and Soul, which appears on her self-titled album:


Jazz at the Central Terminal, Wednesday, July 13th at 6 pm with Melissa Kate

Mellisa kate at central terminalGetting this information, a bit late but take notice that the Historic Colored Musicians Club has partnered with the Central Terminal for 3 jazz events.  The first is with jazz singer Melissa Kate.  Other dates are August 17th and September 14th with performers to be announced.  Admission is $5.  This is highlighted for it is bringing jazz into one of our landmarked locations in Buffalo. 









The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Thursday, July 14th at 5 pm at Canalside

Preservation hal jazz bandThe legendary historic New Orleans jazz band makes an appearance in Buffalo at Canalside as part of the Thursday concert Series.  A chance to hear jazz as it was performed in its early days on the streets and in the clubs of New Orleans. 





 Jazz In Town

On Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm you can see vocalist Colleen Williams with pianist Bobby Jones

On Friday, July 15th beginning at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, there will be a benefit concert for the Ecuador’s earthquake victims.  Performing will be Kike & Miguel on guitars and Cuban percussionist Vladimir Espinosa will donate all door proceeds to benefit victims and survivors of Ecuador's recent earthquake by purchasing and providing tents to the many that are still without shelter.

On Friday, July 15th at 6 pm at Wegman's (Dick Road) see the jazz vocalist Becky Davis and her Trio

Hollow Bistro Brunch July.001On Saturday, July 16th at 11:30 am the JazzBuffalo / Hollow Bistro & Brew Saturday Jazz Brunch takes place featuring Ralph Fava on guitar and Bud Fadale on bass.







On Saturday, July 16th, see the George Scott Big Band hosted by the Rev. Terry bull (trombone) at the Church of the Advent Annual Big Band BBQ beginning at 5 pm.

On Saturday, July 16th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House you can see the return of the George Caldwell led project Star People as they perform the music of Miles Davis. 

On Saturday, July 16th at Hot Mama’s Canteen beginning at 1 pm you can see Jazzline for Beats and Brunch.

Bobby lavellOn Sunday, The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series on the steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery continues at 2 pm featuring George Caldwell with saxophonist Bobby LaVell. Lavell has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra for more than ten years and continues to be a top call sideman in many recording and touring acts. LaVell has been featured with Jimmy Heath, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, Slide Hampton, and a host of others.





Got a matchOn Sunday, July 17th at 189 Public House in East Aurora beginning at 6 pm, catch Got A Match?, which will feature Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Adam Bronstein – Guitar, Harry Graser – Keyboards, Paul Yates – Bass, and Alec Dube – Drums as they perform music in the style of Chick Corea’s Electrik Band.  This is the third performance in the JazzBuffalo / 189 Public House Sunday Jazz Series. 











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






On Tuesday, July 19th see My Cousin Tone' at 6:30 pm at the Burchfield Nature and Arts Center

On Tuesday, July 19th at 7 pm see the River Dogs Dixieland Jazz Band at Shannon's Pub

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.


Pappy martine festivalOn the weekends of July 24th and July 31st, the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Festival takes place on successive weekends.  Super line up of Buffalo-based and out of state jazz musicians.















CMC Jazz fest


On July 29th and 30th, the CMC Jazz Festival takes place at the Colored Musicians Club location featuring headliner Brandan Lewis.









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.  





Keep JAzz Alive In WNY!!!

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