Jazz In Town: Monty Alexander And A Brassy Week Ahead!

The youth movement in jazz in Greater Buffalo will show up in numerous ways over the course of this week.  And, it is fabulous to see the exploration of jazz music – infused with contemporary and traditional concepts – by our young talented rising stars.  It is through them that we keep jazz alive!

Django reinhardt fanThank you to all who came out for the first-ever Django Reinhardt Birthday Buffalo bash at Thin Main Brewery.  An unforgettable night of outstanding performances, in the Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz tradition, by French ConeXion, Carina and the Six String Preacher, and The Hot Club of Buffalo.  Great effort by one of our jazz leaders in the city, Bernard Kunz, for his efforts in making this all happen.  This picture says it all about this special night.  A passionate jazz fan showed up with his vintage 78 rpm box set of Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grappelli.  This has the making of an annual tradition – stay tuned! 


Monty Alexander, Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series, Sunday, January 28 at 3 pm

Monty-artist-image(This concert is sold out!  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please stop by the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk on the day of the concert.) 

The 2017–2018 Art of Jazz Series will present legendary jazz pianist Monty Alexander with his trio at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, January 28, at 3 pm. Series producer Bruce Eaton will host a pre-concert discussion, “The Importance of Ernest Ranglin,” about the seminal Jamaican jazz and reggae guitarist, at 2 pm.  This concert has been highly anticipated for Buffalo gets a visit from one of the greatest pianists in the history of jazz.  (It is certainly not too soon to also get your tickets for Grammy Nominated pianist Billy Childs (March 18) and the fast-rising star in jazz Melissa Aldana (April 21) appearing at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series.  Get tickets here: AOJ )

JazzBuffalo Poll Celebration With The Blue Note 8, The Screening Room, Monday, January 29 at 7 pm

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JazzBuffalo, in association with The Screening Room Cinema and Cafe, will host a celebration of the 4th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll. The celebration will feature a performance by the ensemble The Blue Note 8. The Blue Note 8 will perform Blue Note classic jazz and feature Dave Schiavone, sax, Lisa Housholder Hasselback, keyboards, George Kane, guitar, John Hasselback, trombone, Tim Clarke, trumpet, Tony Zambito, percussion, Bud Fadale, bass, and John Bacon on drums. An ensemble comprised of JazzBuffalo winners and nominees!  Join us for an exciting night of jazz and celebrating the results of the 4th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll!  All JazzBuffalo Poll winners, runner-ups, honorable mentions, and nominees are encouraged to attend this annual celebration of jazz in Greater Buffalo!!

Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque 5!, Mohawk Place, Saturday, January 27 at 8 pm

BrassbandSome of our young enterprising jazz bands are collaborating together for a night to benefit the local soup kitchen and shelter, Friends of Night People.  The evening will feature Folkfaces, 12/8 Path Band, The Fredtown Stompers, and The Buffalo Brass Machine.  And, includes a performance by the Stripteasers Buffalo.  All of these bands are bringing a modern twist to the brass sound of traditional jazz and Dixieland jazz.  $15 admission but only $10 if you bring a donation for the Friends of Night People (clothes, non-perishables, toiletries, cash). 

Mark Marinaccio and Friends, Wednesday, January 31 at Buffalo Iron Works at 8 pm

Mark marinaccioOne of the area's most gifted composers and arrangers, Mark Marinaccio, takes his meticulously rehearsed band to the stage of Buffalo Iron Works.  Marinaccio incorporates a dynamic meshing of jazz with popular music that sits on a foundation of a solid rhythm section supported by a talented horn section.  The band sure made its mark at last year's Northwest Jazz Festival to a capacity crowd.  Check them out from a performance at Pausa Art House last year:

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Tom marinaro quartetOn Thursday, January 25 at 7 pm at Pausa Art House you can catch the debut of a new quartet: The Tom Marinaro Quartet – The Songs of My Life.  Tom is a Fredonia Music Ed graduate and teaches music at Maple East and Country Parkway elementary schools in Williamsville. His musicianship on both the alto and tenor sax can be heard in the bands of Mark Marinaccio & Friends, My Cousin Tone', Winelight, and Steve Balisteri.  This concert will feature Tom Marinaro on alto sax, Mark Marinaccio on piano, Paul Yates on bass, and Tim Webb on drums.

On Thursday, January 25 at 8 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center see the improvisational duo Cages, which features Nola Ranallo, voice, David Bailey, guitar, electronics, Megan Kyle, oboe/english horn, and Katie Weissman: cello, electronics

On Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm you can head on over to the Roycroft Inn and see Joanna Batt and the Phil Sims Jazz Quartet

Banjo juice jazz bandOn Friday, January 26 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House catch another of the young jazz musicians exploring traditional jazz with a modern twist – The Banjo Juice Band.  The band plays 1920’s jazz, blues, and swing and will feature Tyler Westcott- Banjo, Guitar & Vocals, Sean Ebert – Trumpet & Vocals, Kyle Ohlson – Clarinet & Vocals, Sean McNamara – Guitar & Vocals, Craig Hough – Drums, and Kyle Yagielski – Sousaphone, Trombone & Vocals

On Saturday, January 27 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, Tim Clarke’s Soul-Tet takes the stage for an evening of soul-influenced jazz and features Tim Clarke on trumpet, Darryl Washington on drums, Ed Croft on bass, Nelson Rivera on sax, and Harry Graser on piano.

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


Hollow Bistro 2018 jazz brunchThe popular First Saturday Jazz Brunch presented by JazzBuffalo and The Hollow Bistro returns on Saturday, February 3rd with the JazzBuffalo John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year winner Dave Schiavone on sax and George Kane on guitar.  Call the Hollow Bistro at 716-759-7351 to reserve your jazz brunch spot!

The Carnegie Arts Center Thursday Night Jazz Concert Series, promoted and supported by JazzBuffalo, will begin once again February 8 at 7 pm with Live Music & Live Art:  A jazz performance by The Pinnavaia/Mastrantonio Duo and simultaneous sketch session by members of the Buffalo Society of Artists.  Below is the full schedule through June:

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On Saturday, February 10th you can see the noted and highly regarded jazz bassist Petros Klampanis and his group at the UB Center for the Arts.  (Described by JazzTimes as a "formidable bassist and composer," Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of the Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. He studied classical and jazz music in Athens, Amsterdam and New York. He now is active in the New York jazz scene, where he has performed alongside some of the city's renowned jazz musicians.)  Check out the video.  Get tickets here:  Petros Klampanis

MCT Valentines Day 2018On February 14th, Valentine's Day, make plans to have dinner at the Irishman Tavern in Williamsville with entertainment by My Cousin Tone' from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Catch the 9-piece band with jazz vocalist Mary McMahon for a special date night.  There will be a special Valentine's Day menu also – call 716-626-2670 for reservations soon!


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On February 15th JazzBuffalo, in association with Buffalo Iron Works, is pleased to present The Jon Lehning Underground. A group that edifies the new movement inspired by the likes of Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, Kamasi Washington and others exploring the merged boundaries of jazz and funk. Chris Potter, the noted modern saxophonist exploring new boundaries in jazz, states “you have to have people that really approach funk in a serious way”. The group, Jon Lehning Underground, will perform the repertoire of musicians who fit that description as well as arrangements and originals of their own, drawing inspiration from the music of Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Nate Smith, Donny McCaslin, Kamasi Washington, Bob Reynolds and The Brecker Brothers among others. JazzBuffalo and Buffalo Iron Works are proud to work in association to offer this emerging expansive form of jazz at the forefront.

Carina and the six string preacherOn Friday, February 23rd, the dynamic jazz trio Carina and the Six String Preacher will release their newest EP entitled "The Great Hideaway" from Hot Vamp Records.  Their EP release party gets underway at 8 pm at Pausa Art House with new music and videos.

JazzWednesday @ The Screening Room Begins In February

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JazzBuffalo, in association with The Screening Room, will be presenting JazzWednesday @ The Screening Room to take place every last Wednesday of the month.  Look for more details soon.  

Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series Will Return

JazzBuffalo and the Hotel Henry convened recently to plan for the 2018 Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series.  Concerts will begin once monthly in March and consist of a variable week or day plus special events.  There have been many inquiries regarding the series thus JazzBuffalo and the Hotel Henry are pleased to announce the series will return.  Stay tuned for more details in the near future.  

Keep Jazz Alive!!


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