Jazz In Town: Jazz Gets In The Groove!

Jazz this week travels the spectrum from experimental improvising on one end to the toe-tapping groove sound of organ-infused jazz.  And, you can find high quality jazz throughout the Greater Buffalo area. 


Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Saturday, October 29th at 7:30pm at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Steve colemanAlto saxophonist Steve Coleman has garnered recognition as one of the most improvising jazz performers among those specializing in improvisational free jazz.  Incorporating many cultural influences from his world travels, Coleman stretches the traditional conventions of jazz.  Mixing runs and flights into an experimental free jazz improvisation with timing tied to structured backbeats.  Coleman is the recent winner of the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award and the Doris Duke Fellowship, Coleman’s experience as a composer, performer, producer, and educator is unparalleled. He will be joined by Jonathan Findlayson (trumpet), Miles Okazaki (guitar), Anthony Tidd (bass), and Sean Rickman (drums).  Here is a clip to give you a sense of Coleman’s rapid-fire improvisational performances and what to expect:



JazzBuffalo Presents In The Groove! Featuring Hammond B3 Artist Ron Peterson, Saturday, October 29th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

In the groove 2.001JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, is proud to present another concept performance entitled In The Groove! This performance is in the tradition of Hammond B3 jazz organists like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, and Joey DeFrancesco. The Hammond B3 sound is also a staple for jazz groove music produced by Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, Grant Green, Gene Ammons, and others. On this night, an ensemble will present the organ-based and groove-infused sounds of jazz. The concert features the real Hammond B3 organ console played by Hammond B3 master organist Ron Peterson. The ensemble will include Greg Millar on guitar (of Charles Earland fame), Kelly Bucheger on alto/tenor sax, Tim Clarke on trumpet, Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion. Don't miss this special night for getting In The Groove!  Here is a clip of a famous Charles Earland groove tune you will definitely hear on this night:



The Tim Clarke Trio, Jazz At The Meeting House, Tuesday, November 1st at 7 pm at The Meeting House

Tim clarke at meeting house.001This event will be the inaugural concert of Jazz At The Meeting House presented by JazzBuffalo and The Village Of Williamsville Arts and Cultural Committee. The first concert will feature the Tim Clarke Trio with Tim Clarke on trumpet, George Kane on guitar, and Wayne Moose on bass. Since moving to the Buffalo area in 2008 from Oregon, Clarke has become one of the premier jazz trumpeters in the area.  The Jazz At The Meeting House concerts will take place on select Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Meeting House is located at 5658 Main Street in the heart of Williamsville. Parking is available in the lot in back of the building, on the street, and in various parking lots in the village. Concerts will focus on presenting acoustic jazz in the historic congregation building that was built in 1871. For an intimate acoustic evening of jazz, put this on your calendar!

Mark Marinaccio and Friends at the JazzBuffalo and RLTP Jazz Series, Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 pm at Road Less Travel Productions Theatre on 500 Pearl Street

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.  A refreshing sound and group of talented musicians you will not want to miss.  Here is a clip of their recent performance at Pausa Art House to see what you can experience:




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On Thursday, October 27th at 8 pm at Hallwalls, you can see an intriguing mix of classical and free improvising as James Currie, a prominent musicologist and University at Buffalo professor, will collaborate with Buffalo's dynamic and well-known new music ensemble, Wooden Cities, in a realization of his performance-art work, Examples of Excess.

On Thursday, October 27th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House drummer Doug Dreishpoon presents TONKKA with Kelly Bucheger - sax, Tim Clarke - trumpet, Doug Dreishpoon - drums and percussion, Jonathan Golove - electric cello, and Jared Tickham - guitar

On Friday, October 28th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House you can catch another performance by the Bobby Militello Quartet with Bobby Jones – piano, Jim Colemon – bass, and John Bacon, Jr. – drums.

FINAL SKC JPG 11X17On Saturday, October 29th at 7 pm St. Luke's Mission of Mercy presents Sugar Katty Cool to benefit Our Lady of Hope Home School.  The production features nine talented Buffalo singers and musicians, 3 part vocal harmonies by Carolyn Lansom, Katy Miner, and Sydnie Perkins and a 6 piece band including Dave Lansom, Harry Graser, Alec Dube, Andrew Peruzzini, Greg Skulicz, and Jon Lehning

On Sunday, October 30th at 3 pm at the Carnegie Arts Center in North Tonawanda you can catch Carina and The Six String Preacher

On Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 pm, the George Caldwell Quintet will be in concert at Ciminelli Hall at Buffalo State with a performance by the students of the Community Arts Academy Jazz Workshops

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 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

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. 

Suzanne Fatta Brucia La Terra CD Release Party, Thursday, October 27th at 6:30pm at the Historic Colored Musicians Club

SuzannefattaSuzanne Fatta studied Vocal Performance and Music History at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the University of York (UK). In addition, she has a Masters in Medieval Studies from Harvard University, where she won a university-wide teaching award of distinction for a music department course on Jazz.  The official press release states:

Suzannefatta (1)After enjoying a successful opera, modeling (under the name CARMINA SUZANNE), teaching and acting career over the past two decades, FATTA now ventures into the music industry as a soloist. Collaborating with Producer/ Arranger RiShon Odel, FATTA has come up with the newest genre of music, combining Classical, Reggaeton, World, Flamenco, Jazz, and Indie Folk. What better way to experiment than with FATTA’s own Sicilian heritage.  FATTA gives life to “Brucia La Terra,” the Academy-Award winning ballad from the 1972 masterpiece The Godfather. This is FATTA’s first of many songs to be produced from this eclectic mix.

On Thursday, October 27th at the Historic Colored Musicians Club, Fatta will be having a CD release party for her Demo CD – Brucia La Terra!  Her sound is a fusion of world, jazz, classical, indie folk, and reggaeton music styles.  Joining her on this evening will be Mark Marinaccio – piano, Carl 'Flute' Johnson – drums, Joey Gonzalez – percussion, keyboard, RiShon Odel – bass, and Sara Rogers – trumpet.  Here is a clip of the title tune and an indication that its good to get new sounds now and then!:




Rltp series.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.  There are more dates and great music to come over the next few weeks!  Be sure to mark your calendars for the fantastic jazz vocalist from Rochester, Cindy Miller, on November 9th!




Green street sessions pausa art houst 11 5.001JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will be presenting the concept performance 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!






Hot club of buffalo at 189.001The next JazzBuffalo and 189 Public House Sunday Jazz Series performance will feature the popular gypsy jazz group, The Hot Club Of Buffalo, on Sunday, November 13th at 6 pm.  For an experience that only jazz can provide, make plans to make it.  (And, it is a Bills bye week.)






JazzBuffalo Development

Pausa art house logo!JazzBuffalo will be evolving its current partnership with Pausa Art House to produce and program additional concept performances and to create Jazz Appreciation Concert Events as we look ahead to 2017.  JazzBuffalo is appreciative of this partnership to have a “home” for such programming, as well as, build jazz awareness and appreciation! 


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