Jazz In Town: Jazz Is A Labor Of Love

As we wind down the summer months, many of us are left with memorable performances to remember, both indoors and out.  This Labor Day weekend brings more jazz to the area, even if it is a lighter schedule of events.  Keep these performances in mind for the JazzBuffalo Poll is a few short months away after the holiday weekend.  With surely more memorable performances to be heard. 


John Bacon and the Jazz Current, Thursday, September 1st, at Pausa Art House at 8 pm

John Bacon-portraitThe 2015 JazzBuffalo Jazz Artist of the Year has organized an exploratory group of young jazz artist to perform originals and intricately rearranged tunes stemming from the worlds of jazz, pop, and Latin.  Joining drummer John Bacon will be Brian Tervo on sax, Alec Dube on vibes, Danny Ziemann on bass, and Alex McArthur on vocals. 




10x5x2 – 10 solos, 5 minutes, 2 sets at Hallwalls (Ashbury Hall), Thursday, September 1st at 8 pm

10 x 5 x2 This is the second of this experimental approach to solos and music exploration.  The music will most likely include free jazz compositions and intermixing of other musical modes.  Here is the Hallwalls description of the event:

Hallwalls is excited to announce the 2nd in an ongoing series of concerts featuring the solo performer/improviser in a unique context & environment. Ten individuals will play consecutive five-minute long solos, in two separate sets. The solos will be performed in random order for each set, following a large color-coded projection on screen, with a one-minute possible overlap (or silence). This series is a fundraiser to help support continued concert programming at Hallwalls. Thanks for your support!

Scheduled to perform are as follows: Kelly Bucheger: saxophones, Tim Clarke: trumpet, Andy Czuba: electronics, Brian DeJesus: contrabass, Liz Holland: percussion, Megan Kyle: oboe/English horn, Nola Ranallo: voice, Joe Rozler: piano, Pam Swarts: guitar/electronics/voice, and Katie Weismann: cello


Jazz In Town

On Saturday, September 3rd at Hot Mama’s Canteen beginning at 1 pm you can see Jazzline for Beats and Bruch followed by Ann Philippone at 5 pm.

On Saturday, September 3rd at 7:30 pm, see My Cousin Tone' at the Pizza Plant (Transit0

On Saturday, September 3rd at Pausa Art House at 8 pm, see Volver, a group performing Cumbia, Brazilian, Eastern European, and Jazz music.   The group features Jeremy Spindler – accordion, Jeanine Giffear – flute, Mike Laudico – bass, and Jamie Sunshine – drums.

On Sunday, September 4th at 9 pm at Nietzsche's, catch Jazz Cache’ with Dave Phillips – drums, Jared Tinkham – guitar, and Ben Levitt – bass

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.

On Tuesdays at 727 on Elmwood, Adam Bronstein leads a trio for jazz beginning at 7:30 pm with Anthony Henry and Alec Dube

On the first and third Wednesday of every month, at Mason’s Grille in Hamburg at 7:30 pm, you can catch the Frank Gerard and Ray Chamberlain Group with vocalist Cheryl Ferris.  (This coming Wednesday, September 7th)

On the last Wednesday of every month, the Gypsy Jazz Jam takes place at the Gypsy Parlor at 8:30 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.


Jim Bohm HB.001The next JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro Jazz Brunch on Saturday, September 10th will feature Jim Bohm on trumpet and David Calire on keyboards and vocals.  Be sure to get your reservations in as Jim Bohm returns to Clarence!







MBE at Pausa.001On Saturday, September 10th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House make plans as JazzBuffalo presents the Midnight Blue Experience.  The band focuses on the music of Kenny Burrell, particularly that of the Blue Note Sound embodied by the famous Midnight Blue album.   The band features George Kane on guitar, Dave Schiavone on sax, Wayne Moose on bass, Devin Kelly on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion. 




Phil dire at rltp sept 14.001The new JazzBuffalo and Road Less Traveled Productions Jazz Series kicks-off on Wednesday, September 14th at 7 pm at the theaters’ location on 500 Pearl Street.  The series opens with Phil DiRe and Friends with Phil DiRe, Bobby Militello, Bobby Jones, Jim Colemon, and Louie Marino.  The series in September with feature the real B3 Hammond and guitar sound with the Greg Millar Quartet on September 21st and The Mary McMahon Project with Dave Schiavone on September 28th with a performance of jazz standards and bossa nova.


Jerry livingstonOn Sunday, September 18th at 6 pm, the JazzBuffalo and 189 Public House Sunday Jazz Series takes place with Winelight featuring Jerry Livingston with Jim Bohm, Ken Whitman, and Dave Calire. 


Sky dive pausa 9 30.001On Friday, September 30th JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will present a special tribute entitled Sky Dive: Freddie Hubbard – The CTI Years.  This special tribute will focus on the years when the iconic songs First Light, Sky Dive, Red Clay, Little Sunflower, and etc. were produced.  Featured will be the Freddie Hubbard CTI Experience group –  Tim Clarke, Dave Schiavone, Rick Strauss, John Hasselback, Jr., Harry Graser, Jack Kulp, John Bacon, Jr. and Tony Zambito. 


Keep Jazz Alive in WNY!!


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