After the storm and another case of cabin fever, jazz fans will be eager to get out and hear jazz. Plenty of good jazz is in store for the week ahead.
Steve Bernstein’s Sexmob at Art Of Jazz Series Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sunday, March 19 at 3 pm
The charismatic trumpeter and unique slide trumpeter brings his Sexmob project to the Art of Jazz Series. Sexmob pushes the boundaries of traditional jazz and has been described as “in your face funky avant-garde pushing the limit of interpretations” by critics. Steve Bernstein and Sexmob are part of the New York City jazz scene known as the Knitting factory scene. The scene covers the gamut of musical styles in jazz: free jazz, electronic, punk, funk, fusion, and avant-garde. The band carries on the tradition of free jazz introduced by Ornette Coleman. Bernstein will be joined by Briggan Krauss (sax), Tony Scherr (bass), and Kenny Wolleson (drums). Tickets are $29 general admission and $24 for AKG members. Here is a clip to give you a sense of what is in store:
Jazz In Town
On Friday, March 17th at Pausa Art House at 8 pm you can catch another of the regular performances by Star People – The Miles Davis Project. This George Caldwell led project features different jazz musicians filling in for each performance.
On Saturday, March 18th at 8 pm see the Ralph Fava Trio at Ship N Shore in Pendleton, NY
On Saturday, March 18th at 8 pm at Fiero Restaurant in Amherst, see Janice Mitchell with the Stu Weissman Trio as the restaurant starts a serving of Saturday jazz
On Saturday, March 18th at 8 pm see Custode and Parisi for the Topper Reunion Party at the Polish Nook in Niagara Falls
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
Next week look for The Hot Club of Buffalo to make their debut at Pausa Art House on Thursday, March 23rd and for the Blu-Jazz recording group Walter Kemp 3oh! to do a live recording on Saturday, March 25th.
The First Saturday Jazz Brunch at the Hollow Bistro and Brew will feature the French ConeXion. Get your reservations in soon.
The first 3 Mondays in May will see a return of jazz to the Road Less Traveled Theater down as JazzBuffalo partners with the series to bring jazz to downtown Buffalo. Stay tuned for more details soon!
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.
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!
April Is Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day
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. JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will be hosting a free event for International Jazz Day from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. So far, The Hot Club of Buffalo and My Cousin Tone' will be performing. Look for one or two more groups performing. Donations will be accepted with proceeds going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in which the annual MS Walk is on the following Saturday.
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
Keep Jazz Alive!!