Jazz will consist of special events offering multiple venues and multiple styles of jazz for everyone. Plenty to enjoy!
Rishon Odel Northington and The Fifth Element, Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm and 10 pm at the Historic Colored Musicians Club
Rishon Odel Northington, one of our most prolific bassists and artists (Rishon Odel tours with NAJEE and other national artists), will lead two performances of his Fifth Element Project. Consisting of an 8-piece ensemble sure to feature original music and an exciting inflection of jazz, soul, smooth jazz, and R&B. Takes place at the Historic Colored Musicians Club for two shows. Click on the poster for more details. Here is a clip from a previous Fifth Element project from 2 years ago:
Will Holton’s Love Cadenza Part III, Saturday, February 18 at 7 pm at the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex
Will Holton’s extravaganza will include 10 artists and 2 DJ’s including Will Holton, Mia Riot, Tifani, Brian Freeman, Erinn Benning, Lindsay Niccs, Maya By Name, Joey Diggs, Nikki Hicks, and Doobie Powell. Holton’s musical production offers an experience in jazz, smooth jazz, and R&B that presents rising talent in Buffalo – a passion for Will Holton. Tickets are $35 and $40 day of the show. Click on the poster for more info. And, check out the fine spread by Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News for more on Holton's Soul-Jazz passion here: Will Holton Shines A Light On Buffalo Soul. Here is a clip of Will Holton performing:
A Buffalo-Miami Valentine Jazz Concert, Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House
Saxophonist Jeff Zavac makes a visit up from Miami and is joined by Dr. Joe Baudo-keyboard, Mike Moser-Guitar, Ray Chamberlain-Bass, Louis Marino-Drums and Vocalist Cheryl Ferris. They will present an evening of jazz standards and romantic ballads.
The Fredtown Stompers, Friday, February 17 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House
The 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll winners for traditional jazz and for their memorable performance at the Lewiston Jazz Festival makes an appearance at Pausa. Originating from their days at SUNY Fredonia, the band continues to evolve its repertoire of traditional Dixieland and New Orleans style jazz music.
JazzBuffalo Jazz At The Meeting House Presents Maria Sebastion, Jimmy Grizanti, and Ron Davis, Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm
Singer and songwriter Maria Sebastian brings her blend of folk and jazz to the Meeting House in Williamsville. Joining her for this recording session will be Frank Grizanti on bass, and organist Ron Davis. An intimate evening of song and jazz as Maria covers artists like Norah Jones, Carole King, Nina Simone, and others.
Jazz In Town
On Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora catch the Joanna Batt Quintet with Joanna Batt, Phil Sims, Tommy Paladino, Paul Zapalowski, and Tom Kasperek
On Sunday, February 19 at the Carnegie Art Center you can catch Mark Filsinger and Elliott Scozzaro at 3 pm.
On Wednesday, February 22 at 7 pm at Pausa Art House check out saxophonist Elliott Scozzaro. The recent graduate of the University of North Texas has matured into a terrific player.
Weekly and Ongoing Jazz
Beginning in 2017, we will list recurring ongoing jazz on the JazzBuffalo website to help free up space in the weekly Jazz In Town website and email editions. This is the link to the page: Weekly Jazz In Town
On Friday, February 24th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, My Cousin Tone' makes its first appearance at Pausa in almost 2 years. The 9-piece band that wowed the Lewiston Jazz Festival and sold out MusicalFare Theatre Cabaret Lounge will have its full 9-piece band for the occasion.
JazzBuffalo will be presenting a special Mardi Gras Groove concert that will feature Ron Davis on organ (the LeeRon Zydeco), Walt Sopicki on guitar, David "Waz" Wasik on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion. Wear beads and get ready to groove.
Kelly Bucheger's newest edition of What Would Mingus Do? will be performing a tribute to Dexter Gordon consisting of originals and some Gordon tunes at the Taylor Theatre in Lockport on February 25th at 8 pm.
On Saturday, March 4th the JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch will host the piano and vibes duo of Harry Graser and Alec Dube. Click on the poster and make your reservations soon.
On Saturday, March 4th at 8 pm, the BPO will present a special tribute to Nat King Cole. To learn of a JazzBuffalo $5 discount promo code – go here: Nat King Cole Tribute.
This coming April will be another year of Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day. JazzBuffalo will be partnering with Pausa Art House to host a series of 5 Saturday concerts in April to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Look for a musical focus on a CD revival, honoring the legacy of Charles Mingus, and an homage to Erroll Garner. Stay tuned for more details!
The JazzBuffalo Community Is An Open Community
As many of you know, JazzBuffalo was created as part of the Greater Buffalo Jazz Society. Our mission is to build jazz awareness and appreciation in Greater Buffalo by making it possible to create opportunities for venues, musicians, and audiences to experience jazz. We are taking a community approach as opposed to the traditional membership approach. By signing up for the JazzBuffalo email distribution, you will automatically be a part of the community. And, the community will be emailed future opportunities to receive discounts and other generous offerings that enable people to experience jazz. Such as the BPO discount offering to the JazzBuffalo Community mentioned above. Some of these offerings will be exclusively by email only. Enriching the fabric of the Greater Buffalo Arts and Cultural Scene. If you are reading this online and have not signed up for emails, do so and become part of the JazzBuffalo Community today! Sign up today for the JazzBuffalo emails and automatically become part of the JazzBuffalo Community here: JazzBuffalo Community and Email Sign-Up
Keep Jazz Alive!!