Jazz In Town: Pausing to Remember

Lou Marino by Frank PrioreWe pause briefly to remember one of the legends of jazz in Buffalo jazz history – drummer Lou Marino.  Lou Marino passed away at the age of 80 years old.  Leaving behind a trail of impactful mentoring, memorable performances, many friends, and family.  A very humble man with a rich history who always had time to give of himself in every way.  He will be missed.  At the end of this edition of Jazz In Town, you can find Lou Marino’s story told in his own world. (Photo by Frank Priore)

Jazz In Town

Jon lehning yellow jacketsOn Thursday, October 5 at 7 pm at Carnegie Arts Center in North Tonawanda you can catch Jon Lehning and Friends as part of the Thursday Jazz Series ($10)

On Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 pm catch the BJC Sextet pay tribute to the 100th Birthdays of Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk at Buffalo State College Ciminelli Hall ($10)

On Thursday, October 5 at 8 pm Hallwalls will present the improv duo of Rafael Toral and Martin Freeman as they apply free jazz elements to electronics synthesizers.

On Friday, October 6 at 6 pm at The Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls, you can catch Custode and Parisi

On Friday, October 6 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House see Jon Lehning lead a group to perform the music of one the most successful groups in jazz-fusion – The Yellow Jackets.  The group will present music from the albums 'A Rise In The Road,' 'Cohearence,' 'Mirage A Trois,' 'Yellowjackets,' 'Politics,' 'Shades,' and 'Casino Nights.'  Performing will be Jon Lehning – saxes, Harry Fackelman – saxes, Harry Graser – piano, Adam Bronstein – guitar, Anthony Henry – bass, and Joe Goretti – drums ($7)

Hollow bistro jazz brunch sept to dedcThe 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 Sunday, October 8 at 2:30 pm the Buffalo Jazz Collective will host the venerable saxophonist Don Menza in a tribute to Ron Corsaro at the Buffalo History Museum

On Sunday, October 8 at 6 pm for the Colored Musicians Club jazz jam, the Villa Maria Faculty Jazz Ensemble will kick things off with the music of Monk

On Tuesday, October 10 at Baird Hall at UB at 7:30 pm, UB Faculty and students will perform the music of Monk

On Wednesday, October 11 at 5:30 at SoHo downtown see the Jim Bohm led Winelight

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

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 guitar legend Eric Johnson who has performed with Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, and more.  A rare treat to see a soul jazz legend with Doug “Trigger” Gaston on keyboards, Ed Croft on bass, Robert Garrett on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion.  Be sure to get your tickets early to avoid missing out – the first two concerts sold out and this next one is very close to a sellout.    Get tickets for the next 2 concert series events also – The Hot Club of Buffalo is nearing capacity:

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 

Beyond Jazz – The Artistry of Music

On Thursday, October 5 at 7 pm you can see Moshe & Miguel – Tangos y Canciones at Pausa Art House for special presentation of traditional Tango music

Red shoe company logoOn Saturday, October 7 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House you can see the Red Shoe Company in a presentation of Plugged In and Tuned Out.  With Teagan Faran and Dana Johnson, violins; Gwendolyn Matias-Ryan, viola; Victor Minke Huls, cello; Paula Modafferi, dance as they perform innovative classical – even to the Clifford Brown jazz tune – Joy Spring.

Jazz 100 Festival – October 19, 20, and 21

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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, Dizzy Gillespie and Mongo Santamaria – with mention of Buddy Rich and Tadd Dameron. 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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For Latin Jazz fans, on Saturday, October 14th at 8 pm at Kleinhans, the BPO will present The Mambo Kings

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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.  

On Saturday, November 11, JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will host a special Veterans Day Concert with music by My Cousin Tone'.  Mark the date.

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 Canadian National Jazz Award winner, 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 (they are going fast now): 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 20th – Latin 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.  Below is an introductory clip of this fantastic twin duo. 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 on the traditional Oud.  In addition, they perform hard swing jazz music.  Below is a video of their upcoming CD/Album, in which Buffalo will be one of their first stops presenting this album!  Get your reserved seats here:  Hoffman/Lemish 3 pm or Hoffman/Lemish 6 pm


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

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