A variety of jazz hits the Buffalo scene this weekend. From organized jazz to jazz blended with the sounds and rhythms of soul, blues, and R&B.
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sunday, August 7th at the Pine Grill Reunion in Martin Luther King Park – 3 pm to 9 pm
In a week filled with the sounds of jazz organ, Buffalo welcomes back a native and the B3 Hammond Organ legend, Dr. Lonnie Smith. Dr. Smith has risen to the pinnacle of recognition in B3 Hammond jazz lore for his unique interpretations of jazz soul. Truly one of the greats in jazz today. This is the first of two Sundays at the MLK Park for the reunion, which will feature singer Melba Joyce this week also as well as the Dale Toliver Band next Sunday, August 14th. Here is a nice video showing close up the energetic style of Dr. Lonnie Smith:
Mark Marinaccio and Friends, Thursday, August 4th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm
Mark Marinaccio, formerly leader of BeArthur, which performed throughout the area a few years ago, makes a return to the music scene with a collection of new original compositions. Marinaccio blends a variety of different music styles together to include jazz, blues, soul, and R&B. Joining Mark for this occasion will be Preston Brown (drums), Paul Yates (bass), Tim Clarke and Jim Bohm (trumpets), Brendan Lanighan (trombone), Tom Marinaro (alto sax), Ken Witman (tenor sax) and Tim Martin (baritone sax).
Greg Millar Quartet, Saturday, August 6th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House
The prolific guitarist Greg Millar brings his quartet back to Pausa to feature the soulful organ-based jazz he learned while touring with the great Charles Earland. See Ron Peterson on the B-3 Hammond Organ, Ray Scott on saxophone, and Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums.
The Hot Club Of Buffalo, Thursday, August 4th at 5:30 pm at Fountain Plaza – Queen City Social
This will be the last of the Queen City Social events taking place downtown at the Fountain Plaza. It will feature the dynamic gypsy jazz-oriented band with former members of Babik. Joining in the fun will be Dr. Jazz.
Three Generations Of Hasselbacks, Sunday, August 7th at 2 pm at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Steps – Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series
The summer series closes out with three generations of the Hasselbacks, who have been a presence in the Buffalo jazz community throughout the years. See pianist John Hasselback; trombonist John Hasselback, Jr.; pianist Lisa Hasselback; and trumpeter John Hasselback III perform together for the first time before a Buffalo audience.
Jazz In Town
On Friday, August 5th see the band The Frontstreet Men at Pausa Art House at 8 pm for another treat of organized jazz. The band features Dave Pinchoff on organ and keys, Ian Adelstein on guitar, Stephen Lattimore on drums, and special guest on saxophone Max Swan. More organized jazz, soul, and blues.
On Friday, August 5th at Hallwalls at 8 pm, for free jazz music enthusiasts, see the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit: Kyle McGinty – trumpet, Jim Whitefield – trombone, Steve Baczkowski – saxophones, Brian DeJesus – contrabass, andRavi Padmanabha – drums
On Saturday, August 6th at 11:30 pm, the Hollow Bistro / JazzBuffalo Saturday Jazz Brunch takes place. The brunch will feature the stellar duo of Janice Mitchell on vocals and Jim Beishline on keyboards. Make sure to get your reservation in!
On Saturday, July 23rd at Hot Mama’s Canteen beginning at 1 pm you can see Jazzline for Beats and Brunch followed by Ann Philippone at 5 pm.
On Saturday, August 6th, My Cousin Tone’ heads across the border to play at the Crystal Chandelier in Crystal Beach, Canada beginning at 7:30 pm.
On Sunday, August 7th, at 6 pm at the Colored Musicians Club, see the homecoming of the Troy Brothers with John Troy on tenor sax and Mike Troy on alto sax. Joining in – and for more B3 Hammond fun on this "organized" weekend – will be Harry Graser on the B3 Hammond and Alec Dube on drums. (Saw Mike Troy last week at Smalls in NYC – up and coming super alto sax player!)
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.
Across the border in Niagara Falls, Canada (on Victoria and Bridge), a new jazz club will be opening this Friday called Harry's Jazz Bar. Their intent is to feature well known and Juno award-winning jazz artists. The club opens with the Hammer Bros. Friday, August 5th with doors open at 6 pm and will feature pianist Andrean Faruggia joined by vocalist Sophie Pearlman and bassist Rob McBride on Sunday, August 7th at 5 pm.
On Sunday, August 21st at 6 pm, do not miss the JazzBuffalo / 189 Public House Sunday Jazz Series, which will feature The Devin Kelly Organ Trio. The highly regarded jazz guitarist from Eastman, Bob Sneider, will be joined by Dino Losito on organ, and Devin Kelly on drums. The band is working on a new CD. Here is a rendition of The Touch Of Yur Lips from their first CD First Things First, where all three shine:
Keep Jazz In WNY!!