Jazz In Town: Making Whoopie With Jazz

We get a brief respite before the next jazz festival takes place!  The Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston is in a little over two weeks.  Plenty of great jazz, however, will be around!


JazzBuffalo Presents Eric Johnson Trio, Friday, August 11 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

Eric johnson trio pausa.001Visiting us from Pittsburgh will be one of the legendary jazz guitarists in the modern jazz era. As a sideman, Eric Johnson has performed with Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Jimmie McGriff and more.   Johnson credits George Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green as major influences in his style of playing.  Establishing a smooth but unmistakable jazz groove sound that is soulful, melodic, bluesy, and gives evidence to the influences mentioned above.   No doubt, a guitarist who belongs in the same legions of guitarists such as Benson, Green, and the likes of Pat Martino.  On this evening, Eric Johnson will be joined by another Pittsburgh native Ed Croft on bass, Robert Garrett on drums, and sitting in on percussion, Tony Zambito.  Here is the lead off tune from his much-acclaimed CD Makin’ Whoopie, Easy To Love where you can catch Johnson’s stylistic jazz grooves that will be – well – easy to love: 

JazzBuffalo Presents Rhythm Future Quartet with opening by The Hot Club of Buffalo, Sunday, August 13 at 6:30 pm at MusicalFare Theatre Premier Cabaret Lounge

RFQ Revised.001One of the most internationally acclaimed gypsy jazz groups comes through Buffalo this weekend for a special evening of gypsy jazz.  This sold-out show will feature Buffalo’s premier gypsy jazz band, The Hot Club of Buffalo, opening the show at 6:30 pm with the Rhythm Future Quartet following at 7:30 pm.  The world-class musicianship to be on display this evening is sure to be memorable and unlike seen in Buffalo for quite some time.  Here is the Rhythm Future Quartet performing their unique twist of the Beatle’s Come Together:

Jazz In Town

On Friday, August 11th at 5:30 pm you can catch Phil DiRe and Friends with Mark Filsinger, John Hasselback, Jr., Lisa Hasselback, Sabu Adeyola, and Lou Marino at Burchfield Penney Museum M&T Second Friday.

On Friday, August 11th at 6 pm at The Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls you can find the duo of Custode & Parisi

On Friday, August 11th at 8 pm you can catch Katy Miner and her live recording at the Historic Colored Musicians Club where she will be joined by Harry Graser, piano, Danny Ziemann, bass, and David “Teaspoon” Hulett, drums

On Saturday, August 12th at 8 pm, you can catch the French ConeXion at Pausa Art House and see Bernard Kunz, guitar, Marc Cousins, bass, and Jeremy Spindler, accordion

On Sunday, August 13th through Wednesday, August 16th the Cabaret Big Band, led by Phil sims, will be at the Erie County Fair Entertainment Complex each night from 7 pm to 8:30 pm

On Monday, August 14 at 5:30 pm Mark Filsinger’s Eleventet plays the second of 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. 

(Be sure to check the Weekly Jazz on the JazzBuffalo web site for ongoing jazz.)


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 in a little over two weeks!  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!  (Poster at end)

On Friday, September 8 at Pausa Art House, JazzBuffalo will present for only the third time ever, The CTI Experience, a night with the all-star band performing the music of Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, and other CTI Recording Label greats!

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

Elio villafranca.001In the fall on Saturday, October 21, JazzBuffalo will be presenting, in association with Pausa Art House, the Julliard, New York City-based, and highly-regarded Cuban-born jazz pianist Elio Villafranca.  Joining Villafranca will be Sabu Adeyola on bass and Sean Jefferson on drums.  This concert will be a special part of the Jazz 100 Festival to be held October 19, 20, and 21.

Richie Cole at MusicalFare 10 28.001JazzBuffalo, in association with MusicalFare Theatre, will present one of the most iconic jazz legends in jazz history, alto saxophone great Richie Cole, will make an appearance at MusicalFare Theatre Premier Cabaret Lounge on Saturday, October 28th.  Joining him will be the Rich Thompson Trio with Bill Dobbins on piano, Dan Vitale on bass, and Rich Thompson on drums.  Get your reserved seats early!  Go here for tickets: Cabaret Link.  Here is a Richie Cole in a very fun video with an updated rendition of his smash hit I Love Lucy

The Julliard and New York City-based Pete and Will Anderson Trio, who have wowed audiences twice so far at MusicalFare Theatre and through their performances at the Jazz At The Lincoln Center make an appearance at Pausa Art House for the first time on November 24th

JazzBuffalo will present the Joe Policastro Trio out of Chicago on Wednesday, November 29.  A dynamic group much-acclaimed for their approach in performing entire concept albums, such as West Side Story.  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.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Announces Art Of Jazz Lineup

AOJ.001Posted recently was the announcement of the 2017/2018 Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  The announcement is viewable here:  Art of Jazz.  The series welcomes back the founding producer Bruce Eaton this coming season.  It will be a privilege and honor to be stepping in as series associate producer to assist Bruce and the AKG in producing Art of Jazz and bringing to Buffalo the best in jazz.  And, the best is coming with the 2017/2018 series to include Bill Frisell, Monty Alexander, Billy Childs, and Melissa Aldana. 

JazzBuffalo Video:  Pappy Martin Legacy-Masten Jazz Festival – Educate Your Ear

Thanks to JazzBuffalo contributor from SUNY Purchase, Sloan Brooks, and the fine filming of 68Shots, we have another outstanding video.  This one features Dawn (Martin) Berry-Walker and the Pappy Martin Legacy-Masten Jazz Festival.  Learn about the festival, about Pappy Martin’s legacy, and of Dawn’s message to Educate Your Ear.

Keep Jazz Alive!!!

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