We will be ringing in the New Year with frigid temperatures this year. However, jazz will warm our spirits. And, we will be launching the 2017 JazzBuffalo Poll. Giving us all a chance to look back on a fantastic year in jazz.
Jazz And Beyond To End The Year
On Thursday, December 28 at 7 pm at Pausa Art House, catch blues, pop, and jazz singer DeeAnn DiMeo Tompkins perform with a quartet featuring Paul Yates, Stu Weismann, Andrew Weismann, and Reggie Evans. Here is a clip from her recently released CD Desperately Seeking DeeAnn.
On Friday, December 29 at 7:30 pm at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, see the Katy Miner Quintet with special guest Bobby Militello. Featuring Katy Miner – vocals, Phil Sims- trombone, Paul Zapalowski – bass, Lisa Hasselback – piano, and Tom Kasperek – drums.
On Friday, December 29 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House see Kike, Miguel, and Vladimir for an evening that touches Afro-Cuban and folkloric South American music. With Miguel Benitez, Kike Rodriguez, and Vladimir Espinosa.
For musical theater fans, catch local favorite Dudney Joseph with Raphael Santos, and Lorenzo Parnell in an evening of The Three Tenors – Cabaret Show beginning at 8 pm on Saturday, December 30 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House.
On Sunday, New Year’s Eve, you can see the inventive and improvisational group Intrepid Travelers at Nietzsche’s beginning at 9 pm.
On Sunday, New Year's Eve, the adventurous might want to head down to Buffalo Iron Works beginning at 9:30 pm to catch the soul/improvising/jazz/funk band – Moon Hooch. Another in a line of jazz-infused funk bands on the scene nationally today. Here is a slice of what to expect:
On Sunday, New Year’s Eve, ex-pat and sax player Bill Todd returns home from New York City to perform at Cecilia’s Restaurant beginning at 9:30 pm. Todd will also be at the Nietzsche’s Monday jazz happy hour on Monday, New Year’s Day. Here is a clip of Bill Todd and an original tune:
(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!
The 4th Annual 2017 JazzBuffalo Poll!!
Thank you to all who took the time to take the survey giving you the opportunity to nominate jazz artists, groups, and performance in 32 categories. This will no doubt be the biggest Jazz Poll yet – so thank you! Look for the JazzBuffalo Poll to be released for voting soon!
Happy New Years!
Keep Jazz Alive!!!