Jazz In Town: A Very Merry Jazzy Christmas

Christmas highlights this coming weekend.  A special time of family and friends enjoying the Christmas and holiday spirit.  Jazz will be filling up our hearts and soul just before and after.  

Highlight

Triopayazzo 4 pptJazzBuffalo Presents Jazz for the Holidays with TrioPAYAZZO on Friday, December 22 at 8 pm at the Revolution Gallery on 1419 Hertel (near North Park).  See and hear Andy Peruzzini on trumpet, Harry Fackelman on sax, and Bernard Kunz on guitar with Tony Zambito sitting in on percussion perform European Café’ Jazz and Christmas jazz.  Enjoy a selection of wines and craft beers in this intimate setting.

Jazz Before / After Christmas

Hot club expressOn Friday, December 22 at 7 pm you can see the Hot Club Express at Wine on Hertel with E.J. Koeppel on violin and Deano Gionis on guitar.  

Elliott soczzaroSaxophonist Elliott Scozzaro, who recently moved to Chicago, makes a holiday visit home and will make an appearance at Pausa Art House on Friday, December 22 at 8 pm.  He will be joined by another ex-pat making a visit home, Alec Safy on bass.  With George Caldwell, Mark Filsinger, and Mike Melito.

Carina and six string preacherOn Saturday, December 23 at 7 pm at Nickel City Frets in Akron see Carina and the Six String Preacher perform their contemporary sound plus Christmas tunes (with Carina Mastrantonio, Vincent Mastrantonio, and John Brady)

French conexionOn Saturday, December 23 at 8 pm, you can catch the French ConeXion with Jeremy Spindler on accordion, Marc Cousins on bass, and Bernard Kunz on guitar (all natives of Europe by the way so authenticity happens here) perform their unique style of European gypsy, Argentinian, and Brazilian jazz. 

Greg millarOn Sunday, December 24 at 8:30 pm on Christmas Eve at Nietzsche's, you can check out the trio of Greg Millar on guitar, Ben Levitt on bass, and David Phillips on drums with a possible appearance by Syl Dubenion visiting home for the holidays.  

Ellen pieroniOn Wednesday, December 27 at 9 pm at Nietzsche’s you can check out the hot jazz fusion band The Truth that features Ellen Pieroni on sax, Donny Frauenhofer on keyboards, and Adam Bronstein on guitar and check-out their modern style and sound.  They will be followed later in the evening by Elliott Scozzaro and a gathering of friends’ home for the holidays.

A Couple Of Interesting "Beyond Jazz" Happenings

Jamie-sunshine-recital-crop(On Thursday, December 21 at 7 pm you can experience a Marimba Recital by Jamie Sunshine, which includes selections from classical, jazz, and international world music.  Jamie recently received her Master's Degree in Music from West Virginia University.)

( Zappa tributeOn Friday, December 22 at 10 pm at Nietzsche's you can catch a tribute to Frank Zappa – yes Zappa was into jazz and jazz fusion beginning in the late 60's.  Led by Donny Frauenhofer on keyboards (from The Truth and Intrepid Travelers), the Donny Frauenhofer Band consisting of the younger generation of rising stars in jazz (Harry Graser, Alec Dube, Ellen Pieroni, etc) will perform the Censored by ZFT: A Tribute to Frank Zappa show.  Being a big Zappa fan in the 70's, know this is ambitious – kudos)  

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

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 at the Blue Note in Milano, Italy performing two songs.  Do not delay in getting your tickets – this is must-see jazz!  

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.  Thank you for all the inquiries.  So stay tuned for more information coming soon on what has turned out to be quite a remarkable community event!

Accepting Nominations For The 4th Annual 2017 JazzBuffalo Poll!!

Jazzbuffalo poll nominationsIt is that time of year again where we shift our focus to recognizing outstanding jazz artists, groups, and performances.  Here is your chance to nominate some of your most memorable jazz from 2017.  We will be publishing the 4th Annual 2017 JazzBuffalo Poll soon so get your nominations in by Wednesday, December 27.  Click on the link below and take the 2017 JazzBuffalo Nomination Survey.

2017 JazzBuffalo Poll Nominations Survey

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a holiday filled with joy and many blessings!

Keep Jazz Alive!!!

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