As March gets underway, we also take the time to celebrate Women’s History Month. Women in jazz history are prolific and an important part of what jazz is today. This coming April, Women in Jazz will also be a theme of the annual Jazz Appreciation Month.
Ladies First Jazz Big Band, Women’s History Month Concert, Sunday, March 12th at 1 pm at Tralf Music Hall
There is no better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than with Buffalo’s premier all-women big band – The Ladies First Jazz Big Band led by bassist Jennifer May. Here is more about the Ladies First Jazz Big Band:
The Ladies First Big Band is a 16-pc. an all-female group formed by bassist Jennifer May. The band has its roots in a six-piece ensemble started in 1994, currently known as The Ladies First Jazz Combo.
Since that first appearance, the Ladies First Big Band has celebrated Women's History Month every year with a new production of "Women of Jazz by Women of Jazz"; a tribute to female jazz performers. The band has performed everywhere from Jamestown to Rochester, and concert venues ranging from the Tralf Music Hall and Riviera Theatre, to the M&T Noontime Summer Concert Series, Canal Fest, and Taste of Buffalo.
Special guest for the event will be Verneice Turner, the performing artist in drama, the spoken word, and vocals. Tickets are $15 presale and $20 day of the show.
Next month, on April 15th for JazzBuffalo's focus on Jazz Appreciation Month and Women in Jazz, the Ladies First Jazz Combo will perform at Pausa Art House on April 15th to help us all celebrate Women in Jazz.
Sugar Katty Cool, Saturday, March 11th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House
Keeping with the theme of Women’s History Month, Carolyn, Katy & Sydnie will be singing many tunes made popular by Women in Jazz. From the Andrew Sisters to multitude of female jazz vocalists who have been integral to jazz history. The trio of singers is backed by a six-piece band. Offering an evening of entertainment, harmonic jazz vocals, and toe-tapping music.
Freddie Hendrix, Sunday, March 12th at 2:30 pm at the Buffalo History Museum
The prolific jazz trumpeter and Hartt Music School Educator, Freddie Hendrix, visits Buffalo as part of the Buffalo History Museum and Buffalo Jazz Collective Sunday Series. Thanks to John Hasselback, Jr. and John Hasselback, III (who studies with Hendrix at Hartt) for bringing him into town. Hendrix has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra and is the front trumpeter for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, which performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival last year.
Jazz In Town
Keeping the Women In History theme going, on Friday, March 10 at 8 pm check out the Lindsey Holland Quartet. The young female jazz vocalist will be joined by Harry Graser, Ben Levitt, and David Phillips
Catch another female artist on Wednesday, March 15th at 7 pm at Pausa Art House as folk and jazz female vocalist Maria Sebastian makes her debut at Pausa and will feature Ron Davis on organ and Dave Wasik on drums.
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 Sunday, March 19 at 3 pm you can see Steven Berstein's Sexmob at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series. The quartet style is in the orientation of Ornette Coleman.
Look for future announcements regarding the Jazz at the Meeting House Series and the Road Less Traveled Jazz Series
Drummer Bob Holz and Vision Forward will be making a visit to Buffalo on April 24th as part of their CD Release tour. They will be doing a special tribute to Larry Coryell and Alphonse Mouzon on Monday, April 24th at the Sportsmen Tavern. On this latest CD Visions and Friends, it proved to be the last appearance of Larry Coryell on a CD.
April Is Jazz Appreciation Month
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 and 1 Thursday concert in April to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Look for a musical focus on Blue Note, a CD revival, celebrate Women in Jazz, honoring the legacy of Charles Mingus, celebrating the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, and an homage to Erroll Garner. Here's the line-up so far:
April 1: The Blue Note 8 – An ensemble that will include Lisa Hasselback, John Hasselback, Jr. Tim Clarke, Dave Schiavone, Bud Fadale, George Kane, Devin Kelly, and Tony Zambito celebrate the music of Blue Note
April 8: Dave Schiavone/Joe Brancato Quartet: The Return of Hidden Treasures – the quartet's highly acclaimed CD
April 15: Women in Jazz - The Ladies First Jazz Combo led by bassist Jennifer May will celebrate Women in Jazz
April 22: The band What Would Mingus Do? will celebrate the birthday of Charles Mingus,
April 27: 100 Years: Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald performed by the Katy Miner Quintet
April 29: A Retrospective on Erroll Garner performed by Doug "Trigger" Gaston with Sabu Adeyola, Abdul-Rahman Qadir, and Tony Zambito
Stay tuned for more details!
Jazz Appreciation Month also ends with International Jazz Day scheduled for Sunday, April 30th. Started in 2012 by UNESCO to coincide with Jazz Appreciation Month, different international cities have hosted what is called Jazz Day. Herbie Hancock has served as the UNESCO Ambassador to Jazz for International Jazz Day. Stay tuned for more details regarding a possible JazzBuffalo event for International Jazz Day to culminate the focus on Jazz Appreciation Month.
A Taste Of Jazz
Make plans to attend the Taste of Jazz Benefit for the Northwest Jazz Festival, Lewiston, NY scheduled for Sunday, April 2 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Water Street Landing. Entertainment will be provided by The Jacob Jay Quintet, Carina & The Six String Preacher, and My Cousin Tone'. Food from Lewiston restaurants, 50/50 raffles, gift basket auctions, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 day of the event. A perfect Sunday afternoon and evening of jazz in support of one of the top jazz festivals in the region!
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. 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
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