Jazz In Town: Memorial Day Weekend Jazz

After the spectacular week of visits from such jazz luminaries as Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, Marcus Printup, and Regina Carter, we approach the season of summer.  This holiday weekend will usher in what is sure to be another memorable summer of jazz. 


In The Sea ~ Honsinger/Zubot/Caloia, Thursday, May 25 at 8 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

In The Sea On Thursday, May 25th, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center will begin a month of significant concerts with the presentation of In The Sea which will feature Tristan Honsinger - cello, Nicolas Caloia - double-bass, and Joshua Zubot - violin.  Legendary cellist Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he’s been at the center of improvised music activity ever since.  More from Steve Baczkowski:

Honsinger is a particularly interesting artist because he has worked with so many first generation improvising artists and has an intimate knowledge of the regional differences in approach. For example, Honsinger has played extensively with Derek Bailey and Evan Parker in the UK; Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink in Holland; Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald in Germany; and Cecil Taylor in the USA. He has also spent considerable time in Italy and Japan. Currently, Honsinger regularly gives workshops and master classes with the ICP Orchestra. In the past, the workshops he has given in Montreal have served as a catalyst for a number of important artistic creations, including Jean Derome's "Oiseaux". In fact, this entire tour grows out of an informal workshop Nicolas Caloia attended in 1999.

For free jazz aficionados, Hallwalls brings in another international and world-class concert.  Here is a clip of Honsinger and trio to get a sense of their music:

Young Women At Pausa Art House, Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26

This weekend on Thursday and Friday, Pausa Art House will host two groups who feature two young women and young jazz musicians who light up the jazz scene locally:

Ellen pieroniThursday, May 25 at 7 pm see jazz-fusion group The Truth, which features Ellen Pieroni on saxophone with Donny Frauenhofer – keys, Adam Bronstein – guitar, Anthony Henry – bass, and Tom Vayo – drums





Alex mcarthurFriday, May 26 at 8 pm see the Alex McArthur Quintet where the JazzBuffalo Rising Star vocalist will perform a tribute to Gretchen Parlato and be joined by Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Harry Graser – Keys, Anthony Henry – Bass, and Alec Dube – Drums




Brian Freeman and Friends Part 5, Friday, May 26 at 8 pm at the Tralf Music Hall

Brian freeman-4-3The long-time trumpeter for Taylor Made Jazz brings his smooth jazz and R&B infused jazz performance to the Tralf.  Tickets are $25 / $30 day of the show.  Here is a clip of Brian Freeman with Taylor Made Jazz:

Carina and the Six String Preacher, Saturday, May 27 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Carina and six string preacherThis inventive and unique group offer original music in the tradition of Les Paul and Mary Ford.  Yet, with a modern twist.  The group features the dynamic singer Carina Mastrantonio with Vincent Mastrantonio on guitar and John Brady on drums.  One of the area’s unique and original groups to check out if you haven’t yet.  Here is a very personal video made and described as follows –

We’ve never made a music video for a cover song, however, this particular one is very important and dear to our hearts. Dedicated to our friends' son who suddenly passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition (Long QT Syndrome) last year. Please check it out along with the links in the description below the video (click "show more") where you can make a donation and learn about Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes such as Long QT and the importance of EKG screening. Also, please share this video to help us raise awareness and money for these amazing organizations! :

Jazz In Town

Hot club of buffalo promo picOn Friday, May 26th at 7:30 pm you can catch the area's premier gypsy jazz band The Hot Club of Buffalo at the Roycroft Inn






Becky davisOn Saturday, May 27th from 11 am to 2 pm head down to the famous Broadway Market for Memorial Day Weekend Fesitivites and see jazz vocalist Becky Davis with John Hasselback on keyboards and Marc Cousins on bass.



Mct at tappoOn Monday, May 29th at 6:30 pm you can head to Tappo Restaurant on Memorial Day and catch My Cousin Tone’ on the Rooftop Patio for the first of four Monday Night Jazz concerts with MY Cousin Tone’ at Tappo. 









TriopayazzoUpcoming at Pausa Art House this month and into June will be Melissa Kate Project, Jon Lehning Quartet, trioPayazzo, and the Hot Club of Buffalo.


Hollow bistor sprong summer lineupMake your reservations for the increasingly popular JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch – the next one up is Saturday, June 3rd featuring Marc Cousins on bass and Jim Gardner on keyboards.  Click on the poster for more details and upcoming.








Rebirth-4-3For those who attended the JazzBuffalo International Jazz Day event and have fond memories of the Buffalo Brass Machine New Orleans style street jazz – literally in the streets that day – you will find The Big Easy In Buffalo's presentation of the acclaimed Rebirth Brass Band of interest.  They will be appearing at the Tralf on Friday, June 9.  Tickets are $23 / $25 day of the show.  


Mct at pausa fathers day.001

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.  Sons and Daughters, plan to bring your Dads out for an evening of jazz the night before Father's Day!  Dads are admitted free on this special night and Moms only $5.  Also, note the earlier start time of 7:30 pm for this evening!



Cmc jazz fest 1In July, look for JazzBuffalo Presents Paradigm Shift – the organ trio from Rochester, The CMC Jazz Festival, and the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Festival.  



I called him moganAfter the spectacular Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, JazzBuffalo, in collaboration with the Screening Room Cinema Cafe, is excited to announce that the outstanding documentary I CALLED HIM MORGAN, will be screened in June of this year. Look for forthcoming details regarding the JazzBuffalo Premiere Night scheduled for Friday, June 16th, which will include pre-screening concert by the Tim Clarke Trio. Many thanks to the Screening Room Cinema Cafe for their efforts to secure this film after the John Coltrane Documentary. Mark your calendars jazz fans, appreciators, and history buffs.  This should be special!  Here is a trailer for the film:


JazzBuffalo Presents International Jazz Artists

On Saturday, June 24th JazzBuffalo will present 8-time Grammy Nominee Tierney Sutton at the MusicalFare Premier Cabaret Lounge.  While this has been sold-out long ago, it represents a milestone event!

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 more than half-way reserved so act fast on reserving seats here: RFQ Reserve.  Here is a clip that shows their immense talents:

Keep Jazz Alive!!


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