Jazz In Town: A Taste Of New Orleans

This coming week covers a full spectrum of jazz, from its’ roots to the progressive form of free jazz.  The multiple styles of jazz available in Greater Buffalo continue to expand and are second to none.


BassDrumBone, Saturday, June 8th at 8 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

BassdrumsboneHallwalls follows up with their excellent programming in June with the BassDrumBone trio.  This internationally recognized trio stops in Buffalo as part of its 40th-anniversary tour.  The trio tends to stray the line on free jazz and offers more structure than the usual free jazz.  More from Steve Baczkowski:

BassDrumBone is a trio that has wedded the uniqueness of its instrumentation with the singular personality of its three members. A true collective, their music combines three distinct compositional and improvisational approaches with an exceptional musical rapport. Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, and Ray Anderson began performing as a trio in the fall of 1977. Their first record, "Oahspe", was released in 1979 on the Auricle Record label. Bob Rusch in his review of the record, wrote: "Exceptionally good music, fearlessly played and tightly coordinated. Recommended."

Here is a clip about their 40th-anniversary tour and recording that will give you a sense of their prolific 40 years and tour de force music:

Rebirth Brass Band, Friday, June 9th at 8 pm at the Tralf Music Hall

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.  This eclectic NOLA band brings the street sounds of New Orleans jazz to life.  Opening up the show will be Buffalo’s very own NOLA style brass band – The Buffalo Brass Machine (who will be appearing at the Northwest Jazz Festival this year).  Here is a clip of the Rebirth Brass Band and their fun style of music:

The Hot Club Of Buffalo, Friday, June 9th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Buffalo’s premier gypsy jazz band, The Hot Club Of Buffalo, makes a return visit to Pausa Art House, fresh off their enormously successful CD release show.  They will be performing tunes from their self-titled CD and are sure to entertain in the spirit of Django Reinhart.  No doubt, a unique treasure for Buffalo to have a stellar gypsy jazz band comprised of Kevin O’Brien on bass, E.J. Koeppel on violin, Dean Gionis on guitar, and Joshua Assad on guitar/vocals.  Here’s a clip of the band from their recent CD release show:

trioPayazzo, Thursday, June 8th at 7 pm at Pausa Art House

TriopayazzoThis trio consists of Andy Peruzzini on trumpet, Bernard Kunz on guitar, and Harry Fackleman on saxophones.  The group is noted for taking jazz tunes and standards and reassembling into unique arrangements with some new twists.  Three top-notch performers here are sure to awaken the ears to new sounds.

Jazz In Town

On Friday, June 9th at 7:30 pm you can go see the award-winning jazz fusion group, Gruvology, with Walter Kemp III, Bernard Kunz, James Bender, and David “teaspoon” Hulett

On Saturday, June 10th at 8 pm, Jack Bacon and the Morgan Street Stompers make an appearance at Pausa Art House with their brand of traditional Dixieland jazz

On Sunday, June 11th at 3 pm you can catch the unique jazz noir band Carina and the Six String Preacher at the Carnegie Arts Center in North Tonawanda

Jimmy Calire Homecoming

Jimmy calireBuffalo gets a home visit from Jimmy Calire on Sunday, June 11th at 4 pm at the Sportsmen Tavern.  The former Ravens and America pianist will be joined by Phil DiRe on sax, Mark Filsinger on trumpet, Jerry Livingston on bass, and Damone-a-Miracle Jackson on drums.  It will be a special reunion for Jimmy Calire and Phil DiRe, who go back to the ‘70’s and the days of the Buffalo Jazz Ensemble.  Should be a cool afternoon of blues and jazz.  (They will announce on Sunday a possible reprising of this event on Tuesday, June 13th at 189 in East Aurora.)


Mct at pausa fathers day.001On 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!

Fava Fadale at Schnitzel.001Look for the duo of Ralph Fava on guitar and Bud Fadale on bass as jazz returns to Schnitzels on Friday, June 16th.


Custode parisi june 16Custode and Parisi will be back at the Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls on Friday, June 16th at 6 pm



Paradigm shift at pausa.001On Friday, July 7th at Pausa Art House, JazzBuffalo is excited to present the Rochester-based organ jazz band Paradigm Shift.  Mark your calendars.




I called him morgan poster.001JazzBuffalo, 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. We will be holding a JazzBuffalo Premiere Night scheduled for Friday, June 16th, which will include pre-screening concert by the Tim Clarke Trio beginning at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars jazz fans, appreciators, and history buffs.  This will be special!  Go here to reserve your seats for both the concert and film:  TICKETS

Here is a trailer for the film:

JazzBuffalo Presents International Jazz Artists

Tierney sutton sold out.001On 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!


RFQ Revised.001On 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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