The highlight of this week is the 91st Birthday Celebration of the late great jazz legend, John Coltrane. Organized by the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society and hosted by Burchfield Penney Museum, the 3-day festivities promises to be a special time. (Get your glasses on – this edition of Jazz In Town is lengthy!)
91st Birthday Celebration of John Coltrane Presented by PMLJS, September 21-23, Various Times, Burchfield Penney Museum
For three days, there will be planned events taking place at Burchfield Penney Museum centered around the 91st Birthday of one of the most legendary icons in jazz, John Coltrane. The Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society has planned multiple events that offer audiences both free and paying opportunities to experience the jazz celebration. Here is what is planned:
September 21 at 7 pm: LECTURE / DISCUSSION | JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: CHUCK MANCUSO REMEMBERS THE ROYAL ARMS NIGHTCLUB
The long-time professor of music at Buffalo State College recalls the iconic Royal Arms Jazz Club where John Coltrane once appeared. Go here for more information:
September 22 at 8 pm: PERFORMANCE | JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: TENOR SAXOPHONIST J.D. ALLEN AND THE GEORGE CALDWELL QUARTET PERFORM JOHN COLTRANE JAZZ CLASSICS
The enigmatic Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Star in the jazz world, tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, makes an appearance to deliver his hard-style of performing that has garnered much recognition and makes him one of the most sought-after tenor saxophonists today. Go here for more information:
Here is JD Allen on the tune Third Eye, which certainly has shades of the Coltrane sound:
September 23 at 1 pm: THE PROGRESSIONS QUINTET
The young ensemble features high school and high school grads led by Ahmad Pleasant on saxophone as they pay tribute to John Coltrane. Go here for more information:
September 23 at 2 pm: SCREENING | CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
The definitive documentary about John Coltrane makes another appearance in Buffalo as part of this celebration. If you saw the film at The Screening Room, it, no doubt, made an indelible impression and seeing it again has been on the minds of many. If you have not seen the film, here is your chance to see it. Go here for more information:
Here is the familiar trailer to this great film:
September 23 at 4 pm: LECTURE / DISCUSSION | A CONVERSATION WITH JIMMY HEATH: SIRIUSXM REAL JAZZ RADIO HOST EULIS CATHEY INTERVIEWS INSTRUMENTALIST, COMPOSER AND ARRANGER
There will be a special interview with the 91 years old jazz legend, Jimmy Heath conducted by Sirius XM Real Jazz Radio Host Eulis Cathey. The legendary saxophonist, composer, and arranger will share his personal memories of the late great, John Coltrane. Go here for more information:
Here is Jimmy Heath talking briefly about Coltrane's work ethics:
September 23 at 8 pm: PERFORMANCE | BASSIST CURTIS LUNDY PERFORMS SELECTIONS FROM BAGS AND TRANE
Accompanied by Craig Handy (saxophonist), George Caldwell (piano), Eric Kennedy (drums) and Joe Doubleday (vibraphone)
One of the top venerable bassists in the jazz world today, Curtis Lundy will lead a group of stellar jazz performers in a musical tribute to the Bags and Trane album that featured the duo of Milt Jackson and John Coltrane in a 1959 studio session. Their only appearance together as a duo. Go here for more information:
This promises to be three days of special times celebrating the 91st Birthday of the late jazz icon, John Coltrane. Many thanks to the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society for organizing this superb presentation of jazz over the three days.
Jazz In Town
On Thursday, September 21st see the Tim Clarke Trio at Pausa Art House at 7 pm with Tim Clarke, trumpet, George Kane, guitar, and Wayne Moose, bass
On Thursday, September 21st at 8 pm at Babeville, see the BJC Repertory Ensemble play the music of Art Blakely
On Friday, September 22nd at 5 pm at Flying Bison Brewery see the dynamic Buffalo Brass Machine as part of NOLA Fest and a fundraiser for NOLA Pay It Forward by ASI
On Friday, September 22nd at Pausa Art House at 8 pm, see the duo trombonists Phil Sims and John Hasselback, Jr. recreate the sounds of the 1954 pairing of J.J. Johnson and Danish trombonist Kai Winding
On Monday, September 25th at 6 pm at Flying Bison Brewery, the Mark Filsinger’s Eleventet will perform again featuring Brendan Lanighan on trombone
(Be sure to check the Weekly Jazz on the JazzBuffalo website for ongoing jazz.)
Next up at the Carnegie Arts Center in North Tonawanda, Thursday Night Jazz Series will be the dynamic singer Sharon Bailey on September 28th. Tickets available here: CAC Jazz
On September 29th at Hallwalls, Free Jazz musician Charles Gayle from New York City, also a native of Buffalo, will give a solo performance on piano, and saxophone
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.
On September 30th, Wycliffe Gordon and his International All-Stars will appear at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. Presented by the Niagara National Heritage Area the concerts start t 7 pm and tickets are $20 (Tickets available through NACC)
The JazzBuffalo and Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch on Saturday, October 7th will feature John Hasselback, Sr. on keyboards and Lawrence Cheeley on saxophone from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm – call 716-759-7351 for reservations!
On October 8th, Don Menza will be visiting to perform with the Buffalo Jazz Collective in a tribute to Ron Corsaro
On Friday, November 10, JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House will present the Institute For Creative Music Collective: Plays the Music of Bjork, which will feature a rising star in the New York City jazz scene, Nick Finzer on trombone. Mark the date.
JazzBuffalo Presents The Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series
On Wednesday, October 11th the next concert in the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series produced by JazzBuffalo will feature the jazz legend Eric Johnson who performed with Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, and more. Be sure to get your tickets early to avoid missing out – the first two concerts sold out! Get tickets for the concert series events:
Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series include:
Eric Johnson Quintet on October 11: Tickets
The Hot Club of Buffalo on November 15: Tickets
The Joe Policastro Trio on November 29: Tickets
Here is an interview with Internet We The Free Radio and the new show called JazzBuff where we discussed JazzBuffalo, the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series, and future JazzBuffalo plans:
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 Grammy Nominee jazz pianist Elio Villafranca. Joining Villafranca as special guest will be the heavily touted Brownman Ali on trumpet, whose forays into jazz and hip-hop are well documented. The ensemble will also feature Sabu Adeyola on bass and Sean Jefferson on drums with an exciting appearance by the Cuban-born percussionist Vladimir Espinosa. This concert will be a special part of the Jazz 100 Festival to be held October 19, 20, and 21 with a special tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. Get your reserved seats here: Elio Villafranca
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!
The Julliard and New York City-based Pete and Will Anderson Trio, who have wowed audiences throughout the country 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. Get your reserved seats here: Pete and Will Anderson
Presented by JazzBuffalo, the dynamic The Amos Hoffman/Noam Lemish Quartet will be making a rare appearance in Buffalo on Sunday, November 26 at Pausa Art House for two shows at 3 pm and 6 pm. In 2013 Amos Hoffman was awarded one of Israel’s most prestigious prizes – The Landau Prize for Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the field of Jazz. The quartet performs unique jazz arrangements of traditional Israeli and Jewish songs with Hoffman n the traditional Oud. In addition, they perform hard swing jazz music. Get your reserved seats here: Hoffman/Lemish 3 pm or Hoffman/Lemish 6 pm
Jazz 100 Festival
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. On Thursday 10/19, the Mary McMahon Project will do a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Friday 10/20 Star People will shift focus from Miles Davis and do a special tribute to Thelonious Monk, and on Saturday the above-mentioned appearance by Elio Villafranca will conclude the festival with a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and Mongo Santamaria.
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. Go here for tickets: AOJ
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