Jazz In Town: Enjoying A Merry Christmas With Jazz

Music brings fond memories and special meaning the holidays.  Jazz has increasingly become part of the Christmas holidays.  Bringing enjoyment to many.  JazzBuffalo wishes all a very Merry Christmas and a jazzy joyous holiday time!


Bobby Militello Quartet, Thursday, December 22nd at 8 pm at Pausa Art House


The Bobby Militello Quartet returns to Pausa for their regular appearance.  The alto sax legend will be joined by Jim Colemon on bass, Bobby Jones on piano, and John Bacon, Jr. on drums.  They are sure to play a Christmas tune – and just maybe – Bobby might sing the Christmas Song.





The Sopicki/Peterson Rust Belt Trio, Tuesday, December 27th at 7 pm at The Meeting House

Rust belt trio at Meeting house.001After a weekend of reveling in Christmas celebrations, hit The Meeting House in Williamsville as guitarist Walt Sopicki and Hammond B3 master Ron Peterson bring the sounds of groove and jazz organ to the historic building built in 1871.  Fittingly, the organ will have a home in this building, which was originally built as a church.  Tony Zambito will sit in on percussion.  The Meeting House will also now allow for BYOW (bring your own wine bottle with plastic wine glasses).  A time to “congregate” with family members and out of town guest to the groove of jazz. 




Jazz In Town

On Friday, December 23rd at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, you can see Nelson Starr and the Franciscans as they do a modern twist to the music of Frank Sinatra

Carina and the six string preacherOn Saturday, December 24th at 9 pm, see the Carina and the Six String Preacher perform their unique and dynamic brand of indie style jazz noir at Jordan’s Ale House on Abbott Road


Weekly and Ongoing Jazz

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 Staebel 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 Nyhuis (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.


Mj tribute at MFTickets 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 is especially excited to produce and present this one-of-a-kind-performance feature Mark Marinaccio and stellar musicians, in partnership with MusicalFare Theatre.  Do not delay, call to reserve your seats soon!!! 





Sky dive january 27.001Set your calendars for Friday, January 27th at Pausa Art House for the return of Sky Dive: Freddie Hubbard CTI Years.  If you missed the previous event, you will not want to miss this unique JazzBuffalo presentation of the inventive music created by Freddie Hubbard during his 1970’s CTI years. 







Howllow bistro jazz brunchThe JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch schedule is out.  Be sure to make your reservations for Saturday, January 7th as Maria Sebastion and Ron Davis kick off 2017!















JazzBuffalo Poll Nominations

The third annual JazzBuffalo Poll will be taking place soon!  but first, the opportunity to place nominations.   This is an annual readers and fan poll. Here is your opportunity to nominate jazz artists and jazz groups for the upcoming 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll. This is not the actual poll. This is your chance as a fan of jazz in Greater Buffalo to place names into nominations to be included in the JazzBuffalo Poll, which will be published the first week in January.  Follow this link to take the nominations survey – again it is not the actual poll: JazzBuffalo Poll Nominations.

Keep Jazz Alive! 

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