Jazz In Town: Ambassadors Of Jazz Visit Buffalo

Buffalo gets a visit this weekend from one of the top ambassadors of jazz – Wynton Marsalis.  And, from notable ambassadors such as Wycliffe Gordon and in the free jazz world – Charles Gayle.  There is plenty of jazz in the area this week and beyond.


Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis, Friday, September 29 at 8 pm at UB Center for the Arts

Jalc photoThe Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. Led by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. 

The JLCO has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988, performing and leading educational events in New York, across the United States, and around the globe. Alongside symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students, and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists, the JLCO has toured over 300 cities across six continents. The JLCO has been voted best Big Band in the annual DownBeat Readers' Poll for the past four years (2013-2016).

Be sure to visit the UB Center For the Arts Website for tickets for this event – here: JLCO.

The George Scott Big Band and The BPO Celebrates 100 Years of the Colored Musicians Club, Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 pm at Kleinhans Music Hall

George scott big band july 4thIn a year of recognizing the centennial of the Historic Colored Musicians Club, the George Scott Big Band joins in with the BPO to celebrate 100 years of jazz.  Conductor Stefan Sanders will lead the selection of songs that tell a story of 100 years.  With bandleader George Scott on hand to lead the band during the concert and in a post-concert celebration in the Mary Seaton room.


Wycliffe Jordan, Saturday, September 30 at 7 pm at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in Niagara Falls – SPECIAL JAZZBUFFALO DISCOUNT

Wycliffe gordonWycliffe Gordon’s hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz, and signature sound have earned him recognition as “Best in Trombone” by the 2012-2014 DownBeat Critics Poll and “Trombonist of the Year” by Jazz Journalists Association in 2001-2002, 2006-2008, and 2011-2013. A former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Gordon tours regularly as a soloist and leads the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers.

He's presented at the NACC by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area on Sept. 30 as part of the Voices of Freedom Festival. Tickets are available at https://www.discoverniagaratickets.org/

SPECIAL JAZZBUFFALO DISCOUNT – Mention the JazzBuffalo email and offered discount – admission is at half-priced for only $10 – only at the door.

Sharon Bailey, Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm at Carnegie Arts Center

Sharon baileySharon Bailey gave one of the most talked about performances at the recent Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY.  Her latest Sharon Bailey Project features 2016 JazzBuffalo Poll winner for Jazz Guitar, Drew Azzinaro along with Lady Lush and the Vinyls, bassist Eamon Rahyn, in from New York City.  Sharon Bailey is an award-winning and premier jazz, roots and r&b vocalist.  She is a multi-recipient of The Buffalo Music Award for 'Top R&B Female Vocalist” and has performed with numerous musicians throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Sharon is also an experienced local musical theater actor in productions at MusicalFare, Lockport Palace Theatre and Lancaster Opera House.  The Carnegie Arts Center is in North Tonawanda and admission is $10.

Charles Gayle Solo, Friday, September 29 at 8 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Charles gayleOn 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.  From Wikipedia: Gayle's music is spiritual and heavily inspired by the Old and New Testaments. Gayle explains, "I want the people to enjoy the music and if it, in any way can suggest something about the Lord, for their benefit, that would be first in my mind.” He has explicitly dedicated several albums to God. His childhood was influenced by religion and his musical roots trace to black gospel music. He has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, William Parker, and Rashied Ali, among many others.

Here is a video where you get to hear from Charles Gayle and get a sense for his free jazz expressions:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Announces Individual Ticket Sales For Art Of Jazz Series 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.  Individual tickets are now on sale for each of the scheduled concerts. The 2017/2018 series include Bill Frisell, Monty Alexander, Billy Childs, and Melissa Aldana.  Go to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery website for information on dates and individual tickets. Go here for tickets:  AOJ

Jazz In Town 

On Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm see the Mark Filsinger Quintet at Pausa Art House

On Friday, September 29th at 7 pm see Dozo My Lady for Jazz Night at the Buffalo Distilling Co.

On Friday, September 29th at 7:30 pm see Mary McMahon on vocals with Rick Strauss on guitar and Bud Fadale on bass at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora

On Friday, September 29th at 8 pm see the Bobby Militello Quartet in their monthly performance at Pausa Art House

On Saturday, September 30th at 8 pm see Joe Baudo and Cheryl Ferris at Pausa Art House

On Wednesday, October 4th at 7:30 pm see the Frank Gerard Quartet at Mason's Grille in Hamburg

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


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

In October, there will be a focus on celebrating the 100th Birthday of Thelonious Monk by faculty members of Buffalo State, Villa Maria, and UB, look for future listings

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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.  


Jazz 100 Festival

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In October, JazzBuffalo and Pausa Art House will team to host the Jazz 100 Festival on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 10/19 to 10/21.   The festival will celebrate the 100th birthdays of Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie. 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 a special performance by Elio Villafranca will conclude the festival with a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and Mongo Santamaria.  See the JazzBuffalo article on Festival here:  JAZZ 100 Festival  See more about the Elio Villafranca concert below.   

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JazzBuffalo Presents The Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series

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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 Smit, Jimmy Smith, and more.  Be sure to get your tickets early to avoid missing out – the first two concerts sold out!  The Eric Johnson Quintet event is at two-thirds capacity already!  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 

JazzBuffalo Presents International Jazz Artists

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In the fall on Saturday, October 21 at JAZZ 100 Festival, 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   Check out Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopators from their latest Caribbean Tinge project – once you see this – you will not want to miss this!!:

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JazzBuffalo, in association with MusicalFare Theatre, presents one of the most iconic jazz legends in jazz history, alto saxophone great Richie Cole, who 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 and reserve today - Richie Cole Seats! Check out Richie Cole’s newest album being released October 20thLatin Lovers:

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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

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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

"Keep JazzBuffalo Alive" Fundraising Campaign

Since JazzBuffalo launched this website in April of 2014, we have seen a tremendous growth in the visibility of jazz in Greater Buffalo.  And, we have experienced significant growth in the availability of jazz events that enrich the Buffalo Arts and Cultural Scene.  As you can see by this lengthy newsletter, we have fast outgrown this website platform.  We are in need of funding to create a robust website that will allow for news, event listings, ticket purchases, and more.  Our goal is to design and create user-friendly means (website plus app) for audiences to become aware of jazz events in the Greater Buffalo Region.   And, to continue to create fantastic jazz series introducing local and international jazz artists to our area.  

If you believe in the JazzBuffalo dream, appreciative donations are being accepted by clicking on the link below:  


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