Jazz In Town: Jazz On The Stage!

The month of October will continue to offer an abundance of top-notch performances that will offer a diverse landscape of jazz.  Providing an opportunity to take in different forms of jazz.


Bria Skonberg, Friday, October 14th at 7 pm at UB Center for the Arts

Bria-Skonberg_PR1_by-Carolina-Palmgren-web-683x1024 webBria 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.  Downbeat recognized Skonberg as one of 25 jazz artists to watch in the future.  She is a rising star with the versatility of blending pop with jazz and is often compared to the stylings of Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, and Michael Buble’.  Visit the UB Center for the Arts website to reserve seats.  Here is a video of Bria Skonberg in performance, as well as, talking about her album released in 2015:



The Midnight Blue Experience, Sunday, October 16th at 189 Public House at 6 pm

Mbe at 189 public house 10 16.001On Sunday, October 16th at 6 pm, music from Kenny Burrell’s legendary Blue Note recording, Midnight Blue, will be performed.  In addition, several selections from the body of work Kenny Burrell recorded and arranged will be performed.  Performing on this evening will be George Kane on guitar, Dave Schiavone on sax, Wayne Moose on bass, Tony Zambito on percussion, and Devin Kelly on drums.  The Midnight Blue Experience recently played to a standing ovation at Pausa Art House so here is a chance to catch this concept performance in a no cover venue.  Read more about this concept performance at this article here on JazzBuffalo.

E-Life 7, Friday, October 14th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm

E-Life-7E-Life 7 brings together some of the area’s finest smooth jazz/jazz fusion/R&B musicians including keyboardists Rodney Spears & Charlie Crymes Jr., guitarist Ron Walker, drummer Tim Webb, and bassist Mike Pennick. Special appearances are made by Ken Whitman (tenor sax), Walter Kemp III and Van Taylor (keyboards), and Joey Diggs and Dee Osbourne (vocals).   The band was originated by Ron Walker and Mike Pennick, long-time members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as R&B recording artists for The Exoutics.  Check their sound out here in the clip from a studio project:



Dave Rempis’ Gunwale, Thursday, October 13th at Hallwalls at 8pm

Gunwale_Pic_IIFree 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.  With Dave Rempis – saxophones, Albert Wildeman – bass, and Ryan Packard – percussion/electronics.  Gunwale matches veteran Chicago saxophonist Rempis up with two of the up-and-coming stars of the next generation of Chicago improvisers.  For free jazz fans, here is a sample of Dave Rempis:



Jazz In Town

Mf 11 at mf sold out.001(Please note the JazzBuffalo, in association with MusicalFare Theatre, presentation of the Eleventet Ensemble at the Premier Cabaret Lounge is sold out.  Thank you for supporting jazz, JazzBuffalo, and MusicalFare Theatre in our efforts to bring you the finest in jazz.)


On Thursday, October 13th at 7 pm you can see the Phil Sims Jazz Quartet with guest vocalist Joanna Batt at the Roycroft Inn (Joanna Batt, vocals, Warren Stirtzinger, guitar, Paul Zapalowski, bass, Tom Kasperek, drums, and Phil Sims, trombone)

See Jazzline with Dennis Warne, Jennie Jones, and Marc Cousins at Raclettes , October 13th at 7 pm

On Saturday, October 15th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, see Lindsey Holland pay tribute to Nancy Wilson with Rick Holland – Trumpet, Harry Graser – Piano, Ryder Eaton – Bass, and David Phillips – Drums.

On Sunday, October 16th at 2 pm to 3 pm at the Buffalo Public Library downtown, The Juini Booth Quartet will be performing with the brothers Narayan Padmanabha on sitar and Ravi Padmanabha on drums and vocalist Esin Gunduz (admission is free)

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

The Tin Roof Jazz Band performs monthly at the Polish Villa at 1085 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga. The band is performing next on Thursday, October 27, 2016. From 6:30 to 9 PM. Featuring Traditional Dixieland Music with Phil Nyhuis on Trumpet & Flugelhorn, Dick Sowinski on Sax & Clarinet, Ivan Docenko on Piano, Jim Pace on Bass, and Joe Hochulski on Drums.

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 third Tuesday of every month at Shannon's Pub, the River Dogs Dixieland Band performs beginning at 7 pm

On various Wednesdays and Fridays, GiGi's on Kenmore will have jazz.  Check their schedules.

On various Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Merge on Delaware host jazz, in addition to folk and other forms of acoustic music, from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Check their schedule.

On Saturdays beginning at 1 pm until 4 pm, you can find jazz for Beats and Brunch at Hot Mama Canteen.  Check their schedule weekly.  

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. 


Mct at mf 10 21.001On 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.


Grover posterOn Friday, October 21st at 9:30 pm at Sportsmen Tavern, a young contingent of enthusiastic jazz performers will be performing the music of Buffalo legend Grover Washington, Jr.  Includes Alex McArthur – Vocals, Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Ken Witman – Saxophones, Rob Araujo – Piano, Adam Bronstein – Guitar, Cal Parmer – Bass, and Deshawn Jackson – Drums







Ejazzbeat_ernie_krivda_2 Pete malinverniPausa Art House will be bringing in some noted jazz artists in October, including Cleveland-based saxophonist Ernie Krivda on Thursday, 10/20, and the former Niagara Falls resident and jazz pianist Pete Malinverni from New York City on Friday, 10/21.





Steve coleman

October also usually means the start of the Art Of Jazz Series at the AKG Art Gallery produced by Jon Nelson.  This year it will kick-off on Saturday, October 29th at 7:30 pm with saxophonist Steve Coleman and Five Elements. 


In the groove at pausa.001JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will present the concept performance, In The Groove!, on Saturday, October 29th.  The evening will be devoted to the groove sound of the B3 Hammond organ jazz and will feature B3 master Ron Peterson with Greg Millar, Tim Clarke, Kelly Bucheger, Abdul-Rahman Qadir, and Tony Zambito




Tim clarke at meeting house.001JazzBuffalo will be kicking off a new jazz series to take place on Tuesday nights in the historic Meeting House building in the Village of Williamsville.  We are excited to announce the first event will be held on Tuesday, November 1st and feature the Tim Clarke Trio with Tim Clarke, trumpet, George Kane, guitar, and Wayne Moose, bass. 




Mark 2.001The JazzBuffalo and Road Less Traveled Productions Jazz Series resumes on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 pm with the exciting 8-pience ensemble, Mark Marinaccio and Friends.  Original music at its best with a fusion of pop, soul, and R&B fused with jazz.






The green street sessions.001JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will be presenting the concept performance on Saturday, November 5th at 8 pm entitled The Green Street Sessions.  A retrospective on the music of jazz guitarist Grant Green and features George Kane, Lisa Hasselback, Devin Kelly, Tim Clarke, Wayne Moose, and Tony Zambito.





Jazzline at hollow bistro 11:5.001The next JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch will take place on Saturday, November 5th and will feature Jazzline with Dennis Warne, guitar, and Jennie Jones, sax/vocals.  Call for reservations soon!







Congrats to Walt Sopicki, guitar, Ron Peterson, B3 Hammond Organ, and Abdul-Rahman Qadir, drums for opening for Steely Dan in Rochester to a standing ovation!

Congrats to bassist Wayne Moose for getting the call to be the bassist for five-time Grammy Nominee jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson and her trio at the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival in Pittsfield, MA this weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Jazz In Town: Jazz On The Stage!

  1. It’s great to have all the Jazz Happenings in the area publicized. We have many Jazz Lovers and Jazz Musicians in the area who support the arts.
    “Dixieland Jazz Band” The Tin Roof Jazz Band performs monthly at the “Polish Villa”. 1085 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga. The band is performing next on Thursday October 27, 2016. From 6;30 to 9 PM. Featuring “Traditional Dixieland Music”. Come join us for a Halloween Party. A Halloween Parade and prizes will be part of the festivities. The “Tin Roof Band” consists of 6 Musicians. Featuring: Phil Nyhuis on Trumpet & Flugelhorn, Dick Sowinski on Sax & Clarinet, Ivan Docenko on Piano, Jim Pace on Bass and Joe Hochulski on Drums.

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