Jazz In Town: Giving Thanks For All That Jazz!

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving, we give thanks to many aspects of life, our families, health, and other blessings.  We also give thanks to what has been an incredible year of jazz in Greater Buffalo.  This is a special edition of Jazz In Town that looks ahead to the Thanksgiving weekend and the special jazz events planned. 


Michel Ferre and Vladimir Espinosa, “El Coco” CD Release Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

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The concerts will feature world-renowned pianist, arranger, and composer Michel Ferre, who currently tours and arranges for the R&B Star, Lauryn Hill. The concerts will also feature international Cuban-born master percussionist Vladimir Espinosa, Cuban-born percussionist and vocalist from Miami Armando Arce, the classically trained Cuban-born Lázara Martínez, and Buffalo's own Rishon Odel Northington who tours with Grammy winner NAJEE and the Walter Kemp 3Oh!  See the JazzBuffalo article on this CD Release here:  “El Coco CD Release”  GET TICKETS / RESERVED SEATS HERE ($20-$25):  FRIDAY or SATURDAY

Lindsey Webster and Kandace Springs, Saturday, November 18 at 8 pm at Buffalo State Performing Arts Center

Two very promising and rising star in terms of female vocalists, join together for this concert to take place at BSPAC.  Kandace Springs is a soulful singer inflecting pop, soul, blues, and jazz into her vocal style.  While Webster vocals are soulful as well, she is known for her ability to present show-stopping ballads.  An interesting combination of two up and rising vocalist.  Read more about this on the BSPAC page and also get information on tickets. Check out Kandace Springs – most definitely a rising star:

Thanksgiving Highlights

Day after Thanksgiving See The Pete and Will Anderson Trio, Friday, November 24 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

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The Day After Thanksgiving with out of town relatives and family homecomings that always begs the question of – what to do?  Here is an opportunity to take advantage of this four-day weekend to see world-class jazz.  Peter and Will Anderson are two of the most extraordinary performers in music today. Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, currently stationed in New York they are originally from Washington, DC. Peter and Will have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Bob Wilber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and are featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. They will be paired with one of the Rising Stars in the jazz guitar world, Felix Lemerle.  Born in France, Lemerle has toured internationally with greats such as Cyrille Aimee and holds a Masters in Jazz Performance. GET TICKETS / RESERVED SEATS HERE ($10-$15): PETE AND WILL ANDERSON

If you haven't heard of this trio that has played Jazz At The Lincoln Center, the following is an introduction made a couple of years ago:

Sunday of the 4-Day Thanksgiving Weekend See Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish on Sunday, November 26 at 6 pm at Pausa Art House

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Close out the 4-day Thanksgiving respite with a truly special event of world-class music that brings a unique international force in music to Buffalo.  Amos Hoffman plays a blend of jazz, traditional middle eastern, and classical music on the lute-like Oud. Noam Lemish is a lyrical and energetic pianist based in Toronto. Lemish has performed with Sheila Jordan, John Handy, James Newton, and many others of note.   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 duo combines unique jazz arrangements of traditional Israeli and Jewish songs with hard-swinging renderings of jazz standards. “Hoffman may well be today's Rosetta Stone of jazz, equally adept in middle eastern harmonies as he is in 52nd street swing…” says Downbeat Magazine.  GET TICKETS / RESERVED SEATS HERE ($10-$15): AMOS HOFFMAN / NOAM LEMISH

Check them out on their new album project:

Final Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series Presentation of 2017, The Joe Policastro Trio, Wednesday, November 29 at 7 pm at the Hotel Henry

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The Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series has become quite the phenomenon.  Expanding the awareness and appreciation of jazz to hundreds while at the same time enjoying the generosity of the Hotel Henry to enable the community to experience this new cultural asset and wonder for Buffalo.  What a special night with the Hot Club of Buffalo it turned out to be!  The Joe Policastro Trio will visit Buffalo’s landmark urban resort from the windy city of Chicago while on tour. The trio is led by bassist Joe Policastro (who has performed with Phil Woods, Diane Schuur, and Jeff Hamilton) featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, soul, funk, and Brazilian jazz to the surface while keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic jazz trio intact. Their third album, Screen Sounds (JeruJazz Records, August 11, 2017), is an assemblage of movie/TV music re-imagined by the trio. Previous uniquely arranged album concepts included Pops!, a collection of arranged pop hits, and West Side Story, an intricately produced album of jazz arrangements scored to this iconic Broadway musical. The band takes aim at uniquely arranging familiar tunes into artistic jazz arrangements and hits the mark to the rave review of critics.  GET YOUR TICKETS HERE ($10): JOE POLICASTRO TRIO

I especially like their take on Neil Young's Harvest Moon – check it out:

Jazz In Town

On Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm you can catch Katy Miner with the Phil Sims led Cabaret Big Band at Pausa Art House

On Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm see a presentation of the music of Stan Getz at the Temple Beth Zion as part of the Jewish American Songbook Series

On Tuesday, November 21st at 7:30 pm at Buffalo State you can see the Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Rick Fleming

On Saturday, November 25th at 8 pm the Bobby Militello Quartet makes another of its monthly appearance at Pausa Art House

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

Art of Jazz Series: An Evening with Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan (Saturday, December 2nd at 8 pm) 

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Named “Jazz Guitarist of the Year” 15 times, multiple Grammy Award winner Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most admired and influential musicians in contemporary music. With his unmistakable trademark sound, his collaborations with a staggering range of artists from jazz, rock, film, and beyond—including Paul Motian, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Charles Lloyd, Bonnie Raitt, and John Scofield—have produced dazzling results, as evidenced by Small Town (ECM), his acclaimed recent release recorded live at New York’s famed Village Vanguard with rising bass phenom Thomas Morgan.  Individual tickets are now on sale.  Go here: AOJ: Bill Frisell

Check out this clip about their Small Town project:


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On Friday, December 1st at 8 pm at Pausa Art House there will be another appearance JazzBuffalo Presents the CTI Experience Group dedicated to performing the great music from the iconic jazz record label from the 1970’s and 1980’s. 

On Friday, December 8th at 8 pm, look for a night of JazzBuffalo Presents Soul Jazz that will feature organ great Gerry Youngman.  More info coming soon!

Get Ready For The 4th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll!!

We are nearing that time of year where we reflect on the year that is near ending.  Which means, getting in your nominations for the JazzBuffalo Poll.  And, then voting on the JazzBuffalo Poll at the start of the new year.  We will be entering out 4th year of the JazzBuffalo Poll!  More details soon!

Special Thanks

This is a good time to express heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful people who have supported jazz and the efforts of JazzBuffalo this year.  It has been a stupendous year in terms of the jazz music presented here in Buffalo.  From the special concept performances like CTI and Red Garland to the special world-class concerts that have included the likes of Tierney Sutton, Richie Cole, and Elio Villafranca has made this a watershed year of jazz in Greater Buffalo we can all be thankful for.  THANK YOU!!


Keep Jazz Alive!!!

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