We have hit a stretch of superb jazz throughout Greater Buffalo. For those who have attended a few concerts in the past few weeks, there are sure to be noted jazz performances of the year to nominate in the 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll!
Sal Andolina in Benny and Me with the BPO, Saturday, October 8th at Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 pm
Principal clarinetist and saxophonist for the BPO, Sal Andolina, plays with the BPO Big Band and Orchestra honoring the legacy of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. Jazz vocalist Colleen Williams will also make an appearance on two songs. For more information, read the JazzBuffalo article: Benny and Me.
Eric Crittenden NuJazz Questet, Thursday, October 6th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm
Crittenden always brings an energetic contemporary show filled with the influences of jazz, funk, soul, and R&B. NuJazz is a term that came into being in the 1990’s to identify the electronic nature of blending these different styles of music together. It can be called a celebratory form of music yet experimental at the same time. Crittenden plays keyboards, sax, and sings in his performances.
Will Holton: Jazz In The Sanctuary, Friday, October 7th at the True Bethel Baptist Church at 7 pm
As part of the 100th celebration of The Historic Colored Musicians Club origins, saxophonist Will Holton, 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. Will Horton is bound to sound smooth in this spiritual setting.
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The Jon Lehning Sextet will be at Pausa Art House on Friday, October 7th at 8 pm with Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Dave Schiavone – Saxophones, Harry Graser – Piano, Alec Dube – Vibraharp, Anthony Henry – Bass, and John Bacon – Drums
Fountain Head and Friends will be at McGarret’s on Friday, October 7th at 10 pm
The Buffalo Jazz Collective, a membership-oriented organization focused on preserving Buffalo jazz history, gets their new (6) concert series started on Sunday, October 9th at 2:30 pm at the Buffalo History Museum. Their first concert will focus on the music of Harold Arlen beginning with a talk by Professor Chuck Mancuso followed by a performance by an ensemble featuring Bobby Militello, Mark Filsinger, Brendan Lanighan. George Caldwell, Jim Colemon, and John Bacon, Jr.
The Kato Duo with singer Pat Flaherty and organist Craig Kastelnik will be in town from PA this weekend. Performing on Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th at Wine On Third in Niagara Falls and on Sunday, October 9th at Milkie's on Elmwood at 7 pm.
The Carnegie Arts Center in North Tonawanda will host the Jon Lehning Quartet with Alex McArthur on Sunday, October 9th at 3 pm.
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
On the first Sunday of every month, you can catch Jazz Cache’ at Nietzsche’s beginning at 9 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.
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. As of this writing, only 5 seats left.
On Friday, October 21st at 8 pm, the JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre partnership will present My Cousin Tone’, the ensemble that kicked off the Lewiston Jazz Festival Main Stage performances this year. The 9-piece ensemble will perform 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.
Free jazz and improvisation fans take note that the Chicago-based group, Dave Rempis' Gunwale, will be visiting Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, October 13th at 8 pm.
Bria Skonberg, the Canadian singer and trumpeter, makes a visit to the UB Center for the Arts on Friday, October 14th. Skonberg is a contemporary jazz artist bringing modern pop sounds in addition to blending in jazz elements. The seating will be at tables on the main stage, bringing the audience, the band, and artist together on the stage.
If you missed the standing ovation performance of the Midnight Blue Experience at Pausa Art House recently, you can experience this concept performance highlighting the music of legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell at the JazzBuffalo + 189 Public House Sunday Jazz Series on Sunday, 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 on 10/14, singer Lindsey Holland on 10/15, Cleveland-based saxophonist Ernie Krivda on 10/20, and the former resident and jazz pianist Pete Malinverni from New York on 10/21.
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.
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