Exciting events in jazz in the next couple weeks as the summer season winds down. The Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY, the largest free jazz festival in the region, is just a few 8 days away. Before that, plenty of good jazz for everyone.
Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series: JazzBuffalo Presents Mary McMahon Project, Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 pm
In an exciting development, JazzBuffalo, in partnership with Hotel Henry, will produce the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series. The first inaugural series will take place beginning Wednesday, August 23rd and end on Wednesday, November 29th before taking a hiatus for the holidays. Read about the series and the jazz musicians appearing here on JazzBuffalo: Hotel Henry and JazzBuffalo to Launch Jazz Concert Series. For the first concert, JazzBuffalo will present the Mary McMahon Project. Mary McMahon is a jazz vocalist and winner of the 2015 JazzBuffalo Poll for best female vocalist. Mary has performed at the Lewiston Jazz Festival (Now Northwest Jazz Festival) and to sold-out audiences at MusicalFare Theatre Premier Cabaret Lounge. And, is the principal jazz vocalist for My Cousin Tone’. She will be joined by an all-star ensemble that will feature Dave Schiavone, sax, Rick Strauss, guitar, Bud Fadale, bass, and Abdul-Rahman Qadir, drums. The quintet will perform jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. $10 with drinks and light foods available. You can get pre-event tickets here: Hotel Henry JazzBuffalo Mary McMahon.
Jazz In Town
On Thursday, August 17th at 7 pm at Pausa Art House see Elliott Scozzaro Quintet with Elliott on alto sax, Brendan Lanighan on trombone, Alex Dube on vibes, Joe Goehle on bass, and Mike Melito on drums.
On Thursday, August 17th at 7:30 pm, you can see Sal Andolina on sax reuniting with Bobby Jones on keyboards, Jerry Livingston on bass, and Paul Fadale on bass at the Music at The ORG taking place at the Scientology Building on Main and Virginia.
On Friday, August 18th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House see another edition of the Star People: Music of Miles Davis for their regular appearance at the art house.
On Friday, August 18th at 8 pm see the Jacob Jay Quintet at Babeville in a warm-up before NWJF with Jacob Jay on trumpet, Dalton Sharp on sax, Jake Malone -Brancato on keyboards, Ed Croft on bass, Stephen Lattimore on drums, and Shaun Doyle on vocals. ($10 advance / $15 day of show)
On Monday, August 21 at 5:30 pm Mark Filsinger’s Eleventet plays the third 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.
On Monday, August 21 at 6:30 pm My Cousin Tone', the 9-piece ensemble, continues its special summer Mondays at the Tappo Restaurant on the Rooftop Patio.
On Wednesday, August 23rd at 6 pm see Phil Dire and Friends at Giancarlo's in Williamsville
(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 8 days! Be sure to check out the website updated with the full schedule, as well as, all bios/photos for the musicians performing. See the map and full schedule at the end of this newsletter that you can view or print! Visit www.lewistonjazz.com!
On Friday, September 8 at Pausa Art House, JazzBuffalo will present 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 greats!
On Friday, September 8 at the Aleen Street Hardware Backroom, Hallwalls will present the free jazz artists Tom Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock.
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
In 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.
JazzBuffalo, 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 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 and reserve today – Richie Cole Seats! Here is 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.
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
Posted 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 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.
Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the inaugural class of inductees to the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame. The first class includes jazz pianist Bobby Jones and posthumous inductees such as Ron Corsaro and Chuck "Chu" Nero. Full class listed in the press release shown and information about the induction celebration to be held in October.
Keep Jazz Alive!!!