This past Thanksgiving week and weekend sure brought to Buffalo a level of world-class jazz that will rival many other cities in the country. Truly a thankful blessing. December will bring us more fabulous jazz throughout the month.
Art of Jazz Series: An Evening with Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan (Saturday, December 2nd at 8 pm)
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 across 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. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOW SOLD OUT. However, do check same day online or an hour or so directly in person the day of the show for any last-minute releases of tickets. (The producers of the series nor the AKG guarantee tickets will be available. You can check here: AOJ: Bill Frisell)
JazzBuffalo Presents The CTI Experience, Friday, December 1st at 8 pm at Pausa Art House
JazzBuffalo presents the CTI Experience, a music concept devoted to the spirit of the iconic jazz label from '70's. We will focus on the music of Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Hubert Laws and many of the CTI Records greats. The CTI Experience will feature Harry Graser on keyboard/synth, Jack Kulp on bass, Joe Goretti on drums, Rick Strauss on guitar, Dave Schiavone on sax/flute, Tim Clarke on trumpet, John Hasselback on trombone, and Tony Zambito on percussion. Here is a song, Freddie Hubbard's First Light from 1971, that epitomizes the classic CTI sound:
JazzBuffalo / Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series Presentation of 2017, The Joe Policastro Trio, Wednesday, November 29 at 7 pm at the Hotel Henry
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. 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
Check out their award-winning music video (Best Music Video, 2017 Windy City International Film Festival) for their new project Screens:
Jazz In Town
On Thursday, November 30 at 7 pm you can catch the mesmerizing Sharon Bailey Project at Pausa Art House
On Friday, December 1st you can find Custode & Parisi at the Como in Niagara Falls at 6 pm
On Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm the BJC Sextet will perform a Christmas Jazz oriented performance at the Keenan Center in Lockport (Call ahead to see if tickets available)
On Saturday, December 2nd at 8 pm you can see Drew Azzinaro and Eamon Rayhn at the Shakti Lounge
On Saturday, December 2nd at 8 pm catch Trio Payazzo with Andy Peruzzini on trumpet, Harry Fackleman on sax, and Bernard Kunz on guitar
On Monday, December 4th at 6 pm catch My Cousin Tone' at Tappo Restaurant
(Be sure to check the Weekly Jazz on the JazzBuffalo website for ongoing jazz.)
On Saturday, December 2nd the JazzBuffalo/Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch will feature Holiday Jazz with Maria Sebastian on guitar, vocals and Ron Davis on keyboards/vocals beginning at 11:30 am. Call 716-759-7351 for reservation
On Sunday, December 3rd at 12 noon to 2 pm you will find jazz provided by JazzBuffalo featuring Drew Azzinaro and Eamon Rayhn at the Hotel Henry Holiday Brunch and Public Market (10 am to 4 pm)
On Sunday, December 3rd at 12 noon to 2 pm, find the jazz ensemble My Cousin Tone’ at The Thin Man Brewery Holiday Brunch
On Friday, December 8th at 8 pm, look for JazzBuffalo Presents A Night of Soul Jazz that will feature the highly acclaimed Rochester-based group Paradigm Shift with Mel Henderson on guitar, Gerry Youngman on organ, and Sean Jefferson on drums with Tony Zambito as the guest on percussion. See the band that has played with the likes of David “Fathead” Newman, Wycliffe Gordan, Marcus Printup, Jeremy Pelt, and more. What sets them apart is they write outstanding original soul jazz compositions and arrangements. Check out the soul jazz of Paradigm Shift:
On Saturday, December 16 French-born Scott Tixier returns to the Buffalo area after his terrific performances at the 2017 CMC Jazz Festival. The jazz violinist has gained award-winning recognition in the jazz world for his unique vision for the violin and his stellar performances. Noted by the prestigious Downbeat Critic's Poll as one of today's Rising Stars in jazz. Tixier will be accompanied by the BluJazz Recording trio – the Walter Kemp 3oh! Receiving rave reviews and airplay on jazz radio stations across the country for their "Dark Continent" CD, the trio has performed in Toronto and Philadelphia to packed audiences. Garnering recognition for their modern jazz sound. A special blending of jazz not to be missed! Get to know Tixier in the video below. Look for ticket availability for 2 shows – 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm plus a VIP option for both shows and meet and greet with Scott Tixier – by going here: Tixier/WK3Oh! Tickets
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!
Keep Jazz Alive!!!