Jazz In Town: Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to JazzBuffalo readers and jazz fans throughout Greater Buffalo.  We have much to be thankful for as we continue to experience the revitalization of jazz in our community.


Sugar, Katty, Cool, November 25th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Sugar katty cool posterEnjoy a modern twist on the jazz-swinging harmonies made famous by the likes of the Andrew Sisters.  Backed by a 6-piece band, take in the singing of Carolyn, Katy & Sydnie for an entertaining show of jazz standards and classics from the big band era to modern songs.  At Pausa Art House beginning at 8 pm.  Admission $10/$5 students with ID. 








Fredtown Stompers, Saturday, November 26th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Fredtown stompersIf in the mood for Dixieland and traditional /New Orleans’s style Hot Jazz, check out this young ensemble of musicians.  The Fredtown Stompers apply hot jazz to old-time classics, as well as, to modern songs.  One of several bands in the area preserving this traditional form of jazz (such as the River Dogs Dixieland Band, Tin Roof Jazz Band, and Don Burns – see below).




Jazz In Town

On Saturday, November 26th catch the trioPayazzo with Andrew Peruzzini, Bernard Kunz, and Harry Fackleman at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora beginning at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, November 26th see My Cousin Tone’ at Pizza Plant on Transit and Sheridan starting at 7:30 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 Steabel and drummer John Bacon, Jr. at Oliver’s every Saturday beginning at 8 pm.

On Thursdays 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

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 December 2nd and 3rd at the Kenan Center in Lockport, the Kelly Bucheger-led band, What Would Mingus Do?, will be performing holiday jazz beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets $15. 

Red garland 12 3.001On Saturday, December 3rd at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, catch the second of the Red Garland retrospective presented by JazzBuffalo and featuring one of Buffalo’s premier jazz pianists, Doug “Trigger” Gaston







On Sunday, December 4th, there will be a fundraiser for the Floyd Fried All-City Jazz Festival, which will consist of high school jazz ensemble performers.  The Eleventet Band will perform and tickets are $20/$25 the day of the fundraiser at the Flying Bison Brewery from 1 pm to 4 pm.  

The next two JazzBuffalo/Road Less Traveled Productions Jazz Series concerts will be on December 7th and December 14th.  They will feature  The Hard Bop Project on Wednesday, December 7th and John Bacon, Jr. and Jazz Current on Wednesday, December 14th.  

Hollow bistro christmas brunch.001The next JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch takes place on December 3rd and will feature Custode & Parisi in a Christmas Jazz Brunch performance beginning at 11:30 am.  Call for reservations soon!

On December 10th and 11th you can see the Cabaret Big Band Holiday Show with Katy Miner at MusicalFare Cabaret Lounge – reserve your seats online or call the MusicalFare box office

Sabu eventOn Saturday, December 10th, see the event Jazz Meets Gospel featuring jazz legend Sabu Adeyola and Sabu Adeyola Oasis #4 Ensemble with Les Davis, Tony Gloster, Joyce Carolyn, and Virgil Nkosi Day beginning at 5 pm.




On Sunday, December 11th, see Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishline at the next JazzBuffalo/189 Sunday Jazz Series concert.

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On Friday, December 16th at Pausa Art House JazzBuffalo presents Jazz Vibes: Remembering the Music Of Bobby Hutcherson.  Featuring Joanne Lorenzo on vibes with Lisa Hasselback, Sabu Adeyola, Dave Schiavone, John Hasselback, Jr., Devin Kelly, and Tony Zambito performing a retrospective on the music of one of the most influential jazz vibraphonists of our time.


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On Saturday, December 17th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm make plans for a special holiday concert entitled Midnight Blue Christmas: Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas.  The Midnight Blue Experience (Kenny Burrell retrospective group) will perform classic Christmas songs in the spirit of the classic 1966 Kenny Burrell Christmas album, which a first of its kind at that time.



 In the next three weeks, Pausa Art House will have Rick Holland’s Little Big Band, Gruvology, Greg Millar Quartet, Elliott Scozzaro, and Bobby Militello Quartet.

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.  Call to reserve seats!










JazzBuffalo Development

Jazbuffalo poll logoIt is almost that time of year to begin thinking about nominees for the 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll where readers, fans, and audiences vote for and recognize jazz musicians, venues, and performances in the past year.   Look for more on this soon but start making your lists!  JazzBuffalo is seeking sponsors for the poll this year from venues and businesses throughout the year.  Please visit here to help:  JazzBuffalo Poll








Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!


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