Jazz In Town: Swing Into Jazz

Whether you are elated or depressed over the recent Presidential election results, music has a way of bridging the divide like no other means.  May all of us walk on the bridge we call jazz and enjoy the splendor of this great music that brings us together.


The Hot Club Of Buffalo, Sunday, November 13th at 6 pm at 189 Public House

Hot club of buffalo at 189.001The next JazzBuffalo and 189 Public House Sunday Jazz Series performance will feature the popular gypsy swing 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.  (Please note this is a date change from November 20th.)  The Hot Club of Buffalo plays a special form of jazz known as Gypsy Swing, which was created in the 1930's by the legendary 2-fingered guitarist, Django Reinhardt. The style blends American big band swing with exotic European Gypsy sounds. The Hot Club approaches this vintage music with a modern sensibility, adding elements of rock and world music.  The band features Josh Assad on guitar & vocals and Kevin O’Brien on upright bass; both were members of the renowned gypsy jazz band, Babik. Joining them are virtuosic lead guitarist Dean Gionis and super-swinging violinist, E.J. Koeppel.  This is a special NO COVER event – enjoy a beautiful fall day and making this concert.  Here is a snippet for your enjoyment:


Why Not?, Thursday, November 11th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Why notThis group, led by Kevin Doyle, brings an eclectic mix of music consisting of original compositions and music from Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, and landmark compositions by Chicago saxophonist Clifford Jordan.  The group currently has a recording project in the works that will include a suite of original music and vocalese adaptations of Clifford Jordan's music. See Kevin Doyle on piano, Tim Clarke on trumpet, Brian DeJesus on bass, Dave Phillips on drums, and vocalist Alexandra McArthur.




Star People: The Miles Davis Project, Thursday, November 10th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Star-people-20160819-213700crop_1The George Caldwell led project continues its focus on the vast repertoire of music produced by Miles Davis.  For this performance date, the group will include local favorites Tim Clarke, John Bacon, Bobby Militello, Danny Ziemann and Bobby Jones subbing for George Caldwell on this date.   The group will play a variety of Miles Davis music. 



ThreeO, Saturday, November 12th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm

Rick-straussthree0Rick Strauss' long-running trio runs the gamut from fusion to jazz to original music. The band features one of the areas most regarded jazz guitarist Rick Strauss with Rob Williams on bass, and John 'Duffy' Fornes on drums.  Expect original compositions with a fusion flavor from the guitarists who composed and performed with Spyro Gyra, Flight, and had original recordings reach Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts.    


Carina and the Six String Preacher, Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm at the Road Less Traveled Productions Theater (500 Pearl Street) 

Carina and six string preacherThe unique jazz noir trio brings their act to the JazzBuffalo / Road Less Traveled Productions Jazz Series.  The trio features Carina Mastrantonio on vocals, Vincent Mastrantonio on guitar, and John Brady on drums.  Their music is in the tradition of the Les Paul and Mary Ford jazz duo from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s with a unique mix of a modern Indie sound.  Make plans to see them in this beautiful venue.  Here is a fantastic video production to give you a taste:


Jazz In Town

On Sunday, November 13th at 3 pm see Adam Bronstein and the Freehand Band at the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda.

On Sunday, November 13th at 2 pm you catch Mark Filsinger’s Eleventet as part of the membership-only series by the Buffalo Jazz Collective group at the Buffalo History Museum. 

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 Thursdays at Dick and Jennys on Grand Island, you can catch Don Burns at 6:30 pm

On the last Thursday of each month, the Tin Roof Jazz Band plays at the Polish Villa II.  The band typically includes Willie Wilson (Banjo/Vocals), Jim Pace (Tuba), Pim Liebman (Trombone), Ivan Docenko (Piano), Phil Niehuis (Trumpet/Flugelhorn – vocals) Joe Hochulski (Drums Set), and Richard Sowinski (Tenor Sax/Clarinet – vocals)

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. (This week features Jazzline)


Richard elliottOn Thursday, November 17th, Smooth and Soul Jazz fans can see former Tower of Power saxophonist Richard Elliott at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center. 






Triopayazzo at meeting houseOn Tuesday, November 22nd, catch trioPayazzo at the next JazzBuffalo presents Jazz At The Meeting House Concert Series









Dafnis-PrietoThe next Art Of Jazz Series performance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 7:30 pm with Dafnis Prieto




Doug trigger gastonOn December 3rd at Pausa Art House attend the JazzBuffalo Presents A Retrospective On Red Garland event that will feature Doug "Trigger" Gaston on piano




Mbe imageOn December 17th at Pausa Art House, The Midnight Blue Experience returns for a special performance entitled Midnight Blue Christmas:  Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas.


Michael_jackson_cabaretTickets are now available for the January 20th JazzBuffalo presentation of A Jazz Tribute To Michael Jackson that will feature musical direction by Mark Marinaccio.  






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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JazzBuffalo has partnered with several venues and organizations to create fantastic ongoing jazz series.  Be sure to visit the JazzBuffalo Jazz Series page here to see the series underway.

For musicians and venues, please begin to submit your events through the event listing page on jazzbuffalo.org. 

Sponsors are currently being sought for the annual JazzBuffalo Poll.  If you are a venue or organization supporting music and jazz, please sponsor the 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll

JazzBuffalo is now accepting donations to help grow the organization and the services provided to the Greater Buffalo Community.  Visit here to learn more and please donate and help grow JazzBuffalo!

Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!

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