A fantastic month of celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month segues us into May as we get ready for jazz to return outdoors and the return of festivals. Before doing so, much appreciation and many thanks for all the jazz appreciators who came out to the JazzBuffalo sponsored JAM events. Spectacular they were! And, thank you all for a tremendous International Jazz Day celebration. We raised over $1K for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Walk MS scheduled for Saturday, May 6 with the help of matching foundations. Thank you to Lazara Martinez-Nelson of Pausa Art House for her generosity in providing the venue and the jazz musicians who donated their extraordinary talents to this special event (see more and pictures at end of JIT on IJD).
Dave Rempis (solo) & Baczkowski/DeJesus/Padmanabha, Thursday, May 4th at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center at 8 pm
The internationally recognized and prolific jazz artist Dave Rempis visits Buffalo from Chicago. Rempis has garnered quite the following in the world of free jazz and avant-garde jazz. Stretching the boundaries of sound through his solo projects and notably with the Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet. Here is a brief from Hallwalls:
Prolific Chicago-based saxophonist Dave Rempis (Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, The Engines, Vandermark Five) will undertake a sprawling solo journey around the United States this spring, developing repertoire for his first solo release scheduled on Aerophonic Records this fall, while also working to strengthen the informal networks that connect, inform, and sustain the improvised music scene throughout the U.S. Each concert on the trip will involve a solo set, as well as a collaboration with one or more locally-based musicians in every city he visits. The working title of this ambitious project is "Lattice".
The band will feature Dave Rempis – saxophones, Ravi Padmanabha – drums, Brian DeJesus – contrabass, and Steve Baczkowski – saxophones. Here is Rempis in a similar quartet format you can expect at Hallwalls:
The French ConeXion, Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 pm at Pausa Art House
This unique trio is fast gaining jazz appreciators of their unique introduction of European jazz sounds and blends. A big hit at the International Jazz Day celebration, see Bernard Kunz on guitar, Marc Cousins on bass, and Jeremy Spindler on accordion. The trio performs new musette, manouche, Brazilian choros, tangos, jazz standards, and originals. Here is a clip of a performance at The Meeting House:
Jacob Jay Quintet, Thursday, May 4th at 8 pm at Babeville
This young and talented group mixing jazz standards and original compositions. Led by trumpeter (flugelhorn) Jacob Jay, they are crafting their own style of interpretation. Jay is joined by Dalton Sharp on saxophones, Jake Malone-Brancato on piano, Ed Croft on bass, and Stephen Lattimore on drums. The band also feature vocalist Shaun Doyle who won the 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll for the male vocalist category. You can get tickets ($10) online here or pay at the door. Here's a sample of their sound:
JazzBuffalo Presents The TnT Project, Monday, May 8th at 7 pm at Road Less Traveled Productions Theater for $5 Mondays
JazzBuffalo presents the debut of a collaboration between trumpeter Tim Clarke and saxophonist Tom Marinaro. The 6-piece ensemble will perform hard bop and straight-ahead jazz. Joining in the ensemble will be Lisa Hasselback on piano, Ed Croft on bass, Alec Dube on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion. We are continuing this month at the Road Less Traveled Productions Theater for the next two Mondays with Katy Miner Quartet performing on May 15th.
Jazz In Town
On Thursday, May 4th beginning at 7 pm at Pausa Art House, see Noche de Jazz, Boleros y Canciones. Join a new quartet featuring Lazara Nelson on violin, Joey Gonzalez on keyboards, Hansel Herrara on trumpet, and Gerardo Rondon on congas for a time of latin classics, latin jazz, and boleros.
The JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Bunch continues Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 am with jazz guitarist extraordinaire Ralph Fava and long-time jazz bassist great Bud Fadale. Call to get your reservations in for Saturday at this popular jazz brunch destination. Check out the May through September line up.
On Saturday, May 6 at 10 pm see Winelight at the Twilight Room with Jim Bohm on trumpet, David Calire on keys/vocal, Tom Marinaro on sax, Jerry Livingston on bass, and Abdul Quadir on drums.
On Wednesday, May 10th at 6 pm to 8 pm, visit the Central Terminal for the Terminal Jazz Series featuring saxophonist Carol McLaughlin and his quintet. Carol is a long-time member of the Historic Colored Musicians Club. Admission is $5.
Also, check weekly and ongoing jazz also, for example, Ed Croft's weekly Thursday Jam at the Twilight Room, here: Weekly
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
The Screening Room Café is bringing an important documentary film about the life and music of the influential jazz legend, John Coltrane. Join JazzBuffalo as we provide opening remarks on Friday, May 5th at 7:30 pm for the premiere of the film. There will be four additional showings through May 11th. Here is a trailer of the film:
(Note: Hallwalls will also have a one-night-only showing of this film on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm in their cinema)
Also, see Jeff Simon's, of the Buffalo News, review of the documentary here: Jazz Giant. Great line from Simon: "It's the Coltrane documentary most of us never thought we'd see and it's superb."
On May 11th, noted alto saxophonist Brad Leali will visit Buffalo and perform with the Elliot Scozzaro Quintet. Leali had Scozzaro as a student and has a resume including lead alto sax with the Harry Connick, Jr. Band and the Count Basie Orchestra.
On Monday, May 15th at the Road Less Traveled Production Theater for the JazzBuffalo $5 Mondays – check out The Katy Miner Quartet with Katy Miner on vocals, Harry Graser on piano, Paul Zapalowski on bass, and Tom Kasperek on drums. If you missed her Ella Fitzgerald 100 years tribute – well – don't miss it again!
The second annual Nietzsche's Jazz Fest will be held at Nietzsche's on Allen Street this year from May 10-14. Organized by saxophonist and talent buyer for Nietzsche's, Ellen Pieroni, the festival will feature an eclectic variety of jazz. Here's the lineup with most nights music will be performed up until 1 am:
6 p.m. May 10: Tyler Wescott & Dr. Jazz, Jon Lehning Quartet featuring Dave Schiavone, Mark Filsinger Quintet featuring Elliot Scozzaro, The Freehand Band and Donny Frauenhofer Trio. $5.
8 p.m. May 11: Susan Peters, Saranaide, Jacob Jay Quintet, Carina & the Six-String Preacher, Anthony Re & the Flat Five and Einat Agmon. $5.
10 p.m. May 12: Lost Wax, Acid Cats, Fredtown Stompers and The Truth. $10
8 p.m. May 13: Cinamon Jones; Lindsay Holland; John Troy Organ Group; Elliott Scozzaro Quintet; Alex McCarthur Quintet. $10
2 p.m. May 14: John Bacon Ensemble Plays Monk, What Would Mingus Do?, Jared Tinkham trio and Mark Filsinger Eleventet. $10
On Wednesday, May 17 from 8 pm to 10 pm Buffalo gets a visit from the world renowned Pierre Bensuan, considered to be one of the world's most prolific and best acoustic guitarists. Blending musical structures from classical and jazz to create improvisational interpretations. He will be making a stop at the Burchfield Penney Museum as part of his global 40th Anniversary Tour. Visit the Burchfield Penney website for tickets ($18 students/seniors, $22 pre-sale, $26 day of show) or they can be purchased at Music City and Northtown Music.
On Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm at Pausa Art House Griot master percussionist Alassane Sarr from Dakar, Senegal, West Africa and master Afro-Cuban drummer Vladimir Espinosa from Havana, Cuba will join forces in a concert. (Alessane performed with Les Ballet Africains and Silimbo D'Adeane, among many other groups, before immigrating to the U.S. The Griot tradition combines storytelling and musical performance to communicate the history of the Senegalese people.) The ensemble will feature Alessane Sarr – Djembe, Reginald Holloway – Guitar, Ras Jomo Akono – Dun Dun, Vladimir Espinosa – congas, batás, and Lazara Nelson – guest violinist.
On Saturday, May 20th at 7:15 there will be a special presentation of the Bobby Watson Quartet at The Sanctuary (360 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY) in a conversation and concert format. The noted jazz saxophonist and former member of Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers makes a stop in Buffalo with Curtis Lunday, bass, Winard Harper, drums, and Ben Rosenblum, piano. Tickets are $40 and available at Ananse Ntontan (394 Genesee) or at the door.
This year's Legends of Jazz Series at Williamsville East High School, scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th at 7:30 pm, will feature jazz violinist Regina Carter with drummer Alvester Garnett. This annual event showcases jazz legends with the jazz ensemble and orchestra of the high school. Click on the poster on how to get tickets for this not to be missed event!
On Saturday, June 17 mark your calendar as JazzBuffalo Presents Song For My Father: A Father's Day Celebration with My Cousin Tone'. We will be honoring Dads on this night at Pausa Art House and Dads get in free. More details to follow.
JazzBuffalo Presents International Jazz Artists
On Sunday, August 13, one of the best gypsy jazz bands internationally will visit Buffalo for a night of gypsy jazz. The Rhythm Future Quartet is rewriting the book on gypsy jazz with innovative compositions and arrangements. Opening the show will be the Hot Club of Buffalo. This show is already half-way reserved so act fast on reserving seats here: RFQ Reserve.
Keep Jazz Alive!!
Thank You: International Jazz Day
Heartfelt thanks to those who came to celebrate this day and raise donations for the Walk MS and MS Research. Special thanks to our MC of the day Suzane Fatta and the musicians consisting of Harry Graser, Katy Miner, the French ConeXion, The Hot Club of Buffalo, My Cousin Tone', and the Buffalo Brass Machine for donating their talents. We will most definitely celebrate International Jazz Day annually and in the spirit of supporting a cause. Here are pictures from Lazara Martinez-Nelson of the day that captures the spirit of people united for International Jazz Day and for a cause.