Jazz In Town: Jazz Violins Fill The Holiday Air

Buffalo gets a visit this week from a rising star who has performed on stages across the world with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Cassandra Wilson, Josh Groban, and the recently deceased Jon Hendricks.  And, the sounds of gypsy jazz fill the air once again, as well as, contemporary smooth jazz. 


JazzBuffalo Presents Scott Tixier with Walter Kemp 3oh! Saturday, December 16 at 7 pm and 9:15 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center   

ScotttixierscotttixierJazzBuffalo and Greater Buffalo welcome the French-born jazz violinist, Scott Tixier, in a special concert performance accompanied by the Walter Kemp 3oh! This Downbeat Rising Star will be bringing his unique world-class jazz to Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center - a rare chance to see one of the highest art forms in jazz – the jazz violin.  Read the JazzBuffalo article regarding this collaboration here:  Tixier To Appear In Buffalo.  Click on this link to get your tickets for one of two shows: Tixier/WK3Oh! Tickets! This will be the last ticketed JazzBuffalo event for 2017 and let's make it one to remember!   Check him out in this video on his debut album from 5 years ago:

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas Friday, December 15 at 8 pm at Buffalo State Performing Arts Center

Contemporary jazz and soul fans will want to take note of this.  Grammy award-winning guitarist Norman Brown comes to town with R&B Soul singer Bobby Caldwell and smooth jazz soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows.  Brown delivers a jazz-soul Christmas show and Bobby Caldwell you may remember had the smash hit “What You Won’t Do For Love”.  Get Tickets here: Brown.  Here is a clip of Norman Brown performing Skating from A Jazz Soul Christmas:

The Hot Club of Buffalo Saturday, December 16 at Pausa Art House at 8 pm

Hot club of buffalo hr1Buffalo’s premier gypsy jazz band makes a return appearance at Pausa Art House.  The band has enjoyed a banner year with the release of their self-entitled CD, appearances throughout WNY including the recent Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series, and will once again present their unique brand of gypsy jazz steeped in the tradition of Django Reinhardt


Jazz In Town

On Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm at Pausa Art House you can catch the Phil Sims Quartet with Phil Sims, Paul Zapalowski, and Tom Kasperek

On Friday, December 15 at 8 pm Star People: The Miles Davis Project makes another of their monthly appearance at Pausa Art House

On Saturday, December 16 at 12 noon at Sportsmen Tavern you can find the beginnings of a monthly residency for Tim Clarke’s Soultet with Tim Clarke, Ed Croft, Harry Graser, and featuring Darryl Washington

On Saturday, December 16 at 7 pm at Nickel City Frets in Akron see A Janice Mitchell Christmas with Janice Mitchell and Jim Beishline

On Monday, December 18 at 6 pm catch My Cousin Tone' at Tappo Restaurant for their Monday appearances at this Downtown establishment

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

Holiday Music And Dance

The Ladies First Jazz Big Band will be performing beginning at 7 pm at the Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Rd, Buffalo, NY 14228-2502) in East Amherst for a Christmas Music and Dance time.  Admission is $10.   

Hotel Henry Jazz Brunch 

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On Sunday, December 17th at 12 noon to 2 pm you will find jazz provided by JazzBuffalo featuring The French ConeXion Duo with Bernard Kunz on guitar and Jeremy Spindler on accordion at the Hotel Henry Holiday Brunch and Public Market (10 am to 4 pm)


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In the holiday spirit, JazzBuffalo will present a Jazz for the Holidays concert by TrioPAYAZZO at the Revolution Gallery in North Buffalo on Friday, December 22 beginning at 8:00 pm.  TrioPAYAZZO features Andy Peruzzini on trumpet, Harry Fackelman on sax, and Bernard Kunz on guitar.  They will offer European-style Café’ Jazz and Christmas Jazz – perfect for the holidays – also perfect for walking Hertel Avenue to see decorations, grab a bite to eat pre or post-concert, and hear great holiday spirited jazz!

Pausa Art House will close out 2017 with upcoming performances by Elliot Scozzaro, French ConeXion, and DeeAnn Dimeo Tompkins

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art Of Jazz Series

Next up in the series is one of the true jazz piano legends of our time, Monty Alexander.  His career is highlighted by more than 70 recordings as a leader as well as work with artists including Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, and Quincy Jones. Set aside Sunday, January 28 at 3 pm for what will surely be a concert to remember. The first concert sold-out and this one will surely do so as well. Get your tickets soon here: Monty Alexander – Art of Jazz.  Below is Monty Alexander in a performance of I've Got You Under My Skin - once you check it out – you best get a ticket very soon!  

First Saturday Jazz Brunch Presented By JazzBuffalo and The Hollow Bistro

Hollow Bistro 2018 jazz brunchAfter 16 straight months, the popular jazz brunch takes a break for January as it is close to New Years.  However, check out our February through May lineup of musicians who will be performing!  We will have Dave Schiavone and George Kane, The Hot Club Express, The Rick Strauss Duo, and The French ConeXion Duo.  It is not too early to start making reservations.   And giving someone one of these jazz brunches can be a cool holiday gift!

Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series

JazzBuffalo and the Hotel Henry will be planning the 2018 Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series once these busy holidays are over.  So stay tuned for more information coming soon on what has turned out to be quite a remarkable community event!

Thank You, Jeff Simon

Jeff Simon of the Buffalo News announced a forthcoming "semi-retirement" after many years of contributing to the Buffalo News as an editor, journalist, and critic for the arts – and in particular for jazz.  This is a good time as any to say "thank you" to Jeff Simon for the outstanding journalistic professionalism shown over his long notable career, as well as, for the many reviews of jazz albums, works, and concerts.   His reviews and reporting have enriched our understanding and awareness of jazz – and in doing so – played an important role in keeping jazz alive!

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!!!

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