The jazz throughout Greater Buffalo in this past few weeks have been like an abundant fall harvest. It continues this week with outstanding jazz that will make you want to clear your calendars and be out every night of the week ahead! And, to make sure you take in a jazz brunch as well!
JazzBuffalo Presents Sky Dive: Freddie Hubbard The CTI Years, Friday, September 30th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm
On 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. For more information about this event, see the JazzBuffalo article here: Freddie Hubbard Concert Presented By JazzBuffalo
JazzBuffalo Presents Doug “Trigger” Gaston in Red Garland Tribute, Saturday, October 1st at Pausa Art House at 8 pm
On Saturday, October 1st at Pausa Art House, the night will feature one of the top jazz pianists in the area, Doug "Trigger" Gaston as JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will present the concept performance Red Garland: Red In Mambo. The tribute to the legendary piano jazz giant, Red Garland, will include Sabu Adeyola, Abdul-Rahman Qadir, and Tony Zambito. For more information about this event, see the JazzBuffalo article here: Doug “Trigger” Gaston In Red Garland Tribute
The Katy Miner Quintet, Thursday, September 29th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm
Katy Miner Quartet will be at Pausa Art House on Thursday, September 29, bringing to the performance her spectacularly endearing renditions of jazz standards influenced by the likes of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, and Harold Arlen. Katy has assembled a super ensemble of Bobby Jones – piano, Harold Fackleman – sax, Paul Zapalowski – bass, and Tom Kasperek – drums.
Bill Easley With The Buffalo State College Jazz Ensemble, Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30 pm at Buffalo State Rockwell Hall
The Buffalo State College Jazz Ensemble presents its first fall concert on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 PM at Rockwell Hall. The features a big band sound with 20 musicians under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Rick Fleming. For this performance, their special guest is Mr. Bill Easley, a successful saxophonist from New York City, and a native of Orleans, NY. Easley has had traveling and recording experiences with such notables as: George Benson, Ruth Brown, Isaac Hayes, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Bobby Short, Louie Bellson, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Charles McPherson, James Williams, Sir Roland Hanna, Earl May, Illinois Jacquett, Ron Carter, Frank Foster, Mercer Ellington, Warren Vache, Panama Francis, Grady Tate and many more. In addition to his extensive discography as a sideman, he also has six recordings as a leader: Wind Inventions, First Call, Easley Said, Business Man's Bounce, Hearing Voices and Love Stories. His arsenal of woodwind instruments includes Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Flute and Alto Flute and piccolo.
Battle Trance, Wednesday, October 5th at 8 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center – Ashbury Hall
Hallwalls continues to bring in international influencers in the world of the free jazz movement. The ensemble consists of four tenor saxophones performing original compositions and movements. They will be performing movements from their new album Blades of Love. An experience for free jazz aficionados. Here is the description and for more information, visit the Hallwalls website: Blade of Love is the new album from tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance. The follow-up to their widely acclaimed debut Palace of Wind (2014), Blade of Love is an elemental composition that aims to fulfill the tenor saxophone's expansive potential as an ensemble instrument. Working within the intimate intersection of the human body/breath and the saxophone, Blade of Love is a spiritual and enigmatic work with a deep emotional resonance.
Jazz In Town
The JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch takes place Saturday, October 1st beginning at 11:30 am with featured guest musical and jazz vocalist Katy Miner with jazz guitarist Warren Stirtzinger. Call for reservations to not miss it and for a great brunch menu!
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.
On the last Wednesday of every month, the Gypsy Jazz Jam takes place at the Gypsy Parlor at 8:30 pm
On the first Wednesday of every month, the band Fountain Head hosts a Jazz Jam at McGarret’s on Elmwood 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 Carol McLaughlin Big Band. Sundays typically have a performance at 6 pm followed by jazz jam at 7 pm. On Sunday, October 2nd at 6 pm, the Sunday performance will be led by trumpeter Jay Jacobs and a group calling themselves the Dunder Mifflin Quartet.
Benny and Me: Sal Andolina and The BPO Big Band. Renowned saxophonist and clarinetist Sal Andolina leads a celebration of the musical genius of Benny Goodman to be held at Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday, October 8 at 8 pm. Get tickets at the BPO box office for this personal tribute to the King of Swing, whose music still Sing, Sing, Sing today.
As part of the 100th celebration of The Historic Colored Musicians Club origins, saxophonist Will Horton, and the club will present an evening of jazz entitled Jazz In The Sanctuary at True Bethel Baptist Church taking place on Friday, October 7th at 7 pm.
JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre will be presenting two concerts in October as we continue our partnership. The first concert will take place Friday, October 14th at 8 pm and feature the Mark Filsinger’s Eleventet Ensemble, which JazzBuffalo presented this past April to a sold out house. On Friday, October 21st at 8 pm, the JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre partnership will present My Cousin Tone’, the 9-piece ensemble with jazz vocalist Mary McMahon and special guest, trombonist and the Buffalo State College Jazz Ensemble Director, Dr. Rick Fleming. Call the box office at 716-839-8540 or go online to reserve seats that will go fast.
If you missed the recent JazzBuffalo Presents The Midnight Blue Experience at Pausa Art House recently, which played to a standing ovation, your next chance to hear this special tribute to Kenny Burrell will be at the JazBuffalo and 189 Public House Sunday Jazz Series on October 16th at 6 pm.
Pausa Art House will be bringing in some noted jazz artists in October, including the star-studded jazz fusion band E-Life-7, Cleveland-based saxophonist Ernie Krivda, and the former resident and jazz pianist Pete Malinverni from New York.
October also usually means the start of the Art Of Jazz Series at the AKG Art Gallery produced by Jon Nelson. This year is will kick-off on Saturday, October 29th with saxophonist Steve Coleman and Five Elements.
For nearly three years, JazzBuffalo has been a grassroots movement involving many musicians, audiences, and partnering organizations/venues to help build jazz awareness and appreciation in the Greater Buffalo community. Of which, thanks are given. Bringing a vibrancy to the community of Greater Buffalo by enriching the availability of jazz music, jazz series, jazz news, and jazz programs that contribute to the arts and cultural assets of the community at large.
JazzBuffalo is the d.b.a. and brand name for the non-profit organization, Greater Buffalo Jazz Society, which is filed with the State of New York. The original intent has been to allow a grassroots movement to take root. Establishing a foundation of awareness and appreciation. The recent JazzBuffalo Polls and evolving number of JazzBuffalo series, increasing the availability of jazz music to a wide cross-section of the Greater Buffalo community, has proven this to be the case.
For continuing the development of the GBJS non-profit organization and JazzBuffalo as an invaluable asset for the community of jazz musicians, students, organizations, venues, and audiences, this grassroots effort has begun to work with a group of advisors’ intent on growing JazzBuffalo. With the goal being to create an open community whereby JazzBuffalo serves as an integral part of the arts and cultural fabric of Greater Buffalo.
Visit JazzBuffalo.org for more information. We have begun accepting donations for this community cause and movement, of which, donations to support further development will be greatly appreciated. In addition, we are currently seeking sponsors for the 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll.
Look for further periodic news on the development of JazzBuffalo as an open community resource and asset to musicians, organizations, venues, and audiences promoting the availability of arts and education to the Greater Buffalo community through the art of jazz.
Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!