What a spectacular week of jazz in the heart of Buffalo the past week! Many thanks and congratulations go out to the Historic Colored Musicians Club and the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society for their tireless efforts to bring stellar jazz to our community. August begins with more great jazz filling the outdoors!
Pine Grill Reunion, Sunday, August 6 at 3 pm to 9 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
The annual jazz festival that feels like one giant picnic remembering the long gone but fondly remembered Pine Grill that was on Jefferson takes place Sunday. The first of two Sundays. The first Sunday will feature two Hammond B3 jazz stars with the Ronnie Foster Trio and then Akiko Tsuruga. Ronnie Foster played with greats like George Benson and Stanley Turrentine and also had a brief stint producing his own albums on Blue Note. Akiko was taken under the wing of Dr. Lonnie Smith and has been a sidekick of Lou Donaldson in the New York City jazz scene. Also, appearing is the jazz vocalist Niki Haris, the daughter of jazz pianist Gene Harris. The second Sunday (August 13) will feature primarily local artist with Carol McLaughlin, Brian Freeman, and Will Holton taking the stage. The first Sunday looks like a Groovin' time and Sunday, August 13th smooth jazz will fill the air. Some may remember that Akiko appeared with Houston Pearson at the festival a few years back and put on quite a show. Here is a clip of her performing a tune off her new album at Dizzy’s in New York City:
Kevin Mahogany, Sunday, August 6 at 2 pm at The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series
Jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany comes to town this Sunday. Mahogany's deep resonating vocals have been a part of the jazz scene since the early 1990's. The Kansas City native was influenced by the rich history of jazz in his hometown where learned to play several instruments and began to sing in high school. Most notable is his affinity for the late vocalist Johnny Hartman. Under his own label, Mahogany has done tributes, with the exceptional The Coltrane Hartman Fantasy, Vol. 1 as an example. He will be joined by the baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone, who we were lucky to have at the recent CMC Jazz Festival. Here is a clip of Kevin Mahogany with the Ray Brown Trio that is just superb:
Jazz In Town
In Erie, PA, the 25th Annual Erie Arts Museum Blues and Jazz Festival takes place on August 4 and 5 and will feature Russell Malone and Trio 3 (jazz giants Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille) – for more info: Erie Arts Museum Blues and Jazz Fest
On Saturday, August 5th, the Bobby Militello Quartet makes their monthly appearance at Pausa Art House beginning at 8 pm. On Thursday, August 3rd you can also see the Bobby Militello quartet twice outdoors: at noon in Russell Park in Akron and then at 7 pm at Gratwick Memorial Park in North Tonawanda
On Sunday, August 6 at 11 am at the Water Street Landing a Jazz Brunch takes place to benefit the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston and will feature the Jim Bohm Trio. $19.99 includes brunch, music, and a complimentary drink.
On Monday, August 7 at 5:30 pm Mark Filsinger’s Eleventet begins four straight Mondays at Nietzsche’s in Allentown. The ensemble/big band will feature each week 11 performers, some the same and others rotating, playing arrangements of classic jazz and standards, as well as, original compositions.
On Monday, August 7 at 6:30 pm, My Cousin Tone' continues its Monday Rooftop Concerts at Tappo Restaurant downtown
Okay – now let me get this right compared to the snafu last week – the Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop is the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month in the Backroom of Allen Street Hardware beginning at 8 pm. So the 1st Monday of August is August 7th!
First Saturday Jazz Brunch
The next JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch takes place on Saturday, August 5th. We will be featuring two members of the Lady Lush and the Vinyls band with Drew Azzinaro on guitar and Rayhn Eamon on bass/vocals. Many of you may recall Drew was the 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll Winner for Jazz Guitar. Call 716-759-7351 for reservations between 11 am and 2 pm with the music performance scheduled between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
On Thursday, August 11th JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, presents the legendary jazz guitarist Eric Johnson. Thanks to Ed Croft and his Pittsburgh connection, the guitarist who was a former sideman to the likes of Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Stanley Turrentine, and more makes a visit to Buffalo. Here is a video to get familiar with this great jazz groove guitarist and make sure you come out for this special night of Groovin':
Katy Miner and the Cabaret Big Band will be doing a tribute to Frank Sinatra on August 19 at MusicalFare Theatre Cabaret Lounge. You can check it out here: Songs of Frank Sinatra
The Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, scheduled for August 25 and 26, is just around the corner! Be sure to check out the website updated with the full schedule, as well as, all bios/photos for the musicians performing. Visit www.lewistonjazz.com! Full poster included at end.
On September 29th, Jazz At The Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis will be at the UB Center for the Arts. Be sure to visit the UB Center For the Arts Website for tickets for this event – here: JLCO.
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 nearly all reserved so act fast on reserving seats here: RFQ Reserve. Only 4 tickets available – gypsy jazz fans do not miss out!
In the fall, JazzBuffalo will be presenting the Julliard and New York City-based Pete and Will Anderson Trio, the highly-regarded Cuban-born and Julliard jazz pianist Elio Villafranca, alto sax legend Richie Cole, and the Joe Policastro Trio out of Chicago. Stay tuned for more details soon.
In October, JazzBuffalo and Pausa Art House will team to host the Jazz 100 Festival running on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10-19 to 10/2. The festival will celebrate the 100th birthdays of Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie. Stay tuned for more details.
Keep Jazz Alive!!