Exciting jazz in the next and in the forthcoming weeks. Signs the jazz scene in Buffalo continues to evolve and expand!
Jon Lehning Underground, Thursday, February 15 at 8 pm at Buffalo Iron Works
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 The band will feature Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Harry Graser- Keyboard, Adam Bronstein Music – Guitar, Anthony Henry – Bass, Joe Goretti – Drums, and Special Guest Vocalist – Alex McArthur. JazzBuffalo and Buffalo Iron Works are proud to work in association to offer this emerging expansive form of jazz at the forefront.
Will Holton Love Cadenza Pt. 4, Saturday, February 17 at 8 pm at Club 1210
Buffalo native and international recording saxophonist, Will Holton, will present his “4th Annual Valentines Weekend" R&B and Smooth Jazz Concert. The concert will feature Buffalo Music Hall of Inductee Member – NIKKI "MUTHASOUL" HICKS, singer Miss TRINA, from the R&B Group 907, singer "Carel", singer Carlton Wilcox from Rochester, and the saxophonist Will Holton. Also includes after party with Buffalo's Own DJ ICEBERG. A soulful smooth jazz Valentine’s celebration.
Glen Miller Orchestra with the BPO, Saturday, February 17 at 8 pm at Kleinhans Music Hall
It has been over 75 years since the inception of the legendary Glen Miller and his orchestra. The legacy continues to live as the orchestra makes an appearance with the BPO to play all of the familiar big band tunes from one of the most iconic big bands of all time. Bandleader Nick Hilscher and vocalist Natalie Angst will entertain, and the band will consist of two newer and younger band members, Buffalo natives Brendan Lanighan and Elliott Scozarro. After the concert, the Katy Miner Quintet will entertain in the Mary Seaton Hall as part of the annual Sweetheart Dance. Here is a recent clip of the orchestra where you can see the new addition of our very own Buffalo native – Elliott Scozarro:
Jacob Jay Quintet: The Music of Chet Baker, Saturday, February 17 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House
The young quintet led by trumpeter Jacob Jay takes on one of the more memorable figures in the history of jazz, trumpeter Chet Baker. Baker left a legacy of jazz that filtered through a life often tragic. The quintet will feature Jacob Jay on trumpet/ flugelhorn, Dalton Sharp on saxophones, Jake Malone-Brancato on piano, Ed Croft on bass, and Jamie Sunshine on drums.
Jazz In Town
On Thursday, February 15th at 7 pm at Pausa Art House you can catch vocalist DeeAnn DiMeo Tompkins perform jazz, soul, and blues along with some Billie Holiday tunes. The night will also feature Reggie Evans on drums and vocals, Stu Weissman guitar, Jason Moynihan sax, and, Avery Weissman bass.
On Thursday, February 15th at 9 pm Elliott Scozzaro and Brendan Lanighan will play at Nietzsche’s while visiting home.
On Friday, February 16th at 7:30 pm, you can find Buffalo’s premier gypsy jazz band, The Hot Club of Buffalo, at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora
On Friday, February 16th at 8 pm, Star People: The Miles Davis Project returns once again to its exclusive engagement at Pausa Art House. The George Caldwell led project will include 2017 JazzBuffalo Poll winners such as Tim Clarke, John Bacon, and Bobby Militello.
On Sunday, February 18 at 6 pm, the Historic Colored Musicians Club will host an African American History Concert with the Centennial Orchestra to be followed by a jam session. Light refreshments served.
From Monday, February 19th to Wednesday, February 21 at 6 pm you can find the French ConeXion at Coco for the annual Moules Fest.
(Be sure to check the Weekly Jazz on the JazzBuffalo website for ongoing jazz.)
On 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.
The Latin/Cuban Jazz Group "El Coco" makes a return to Pausa Art House for two nights of high energy jazz on March 2 and 3.
The Ladies First Big Band will host their 17th Annual Women's History Month Concert and this year partial fundraising proceeds will benefit the Zonta Buffalo. To be held at the Tralf on Sunday, March 4th at 1 pm with vocalist Kathy Carr and Matt's Music Vocal Performance Team.
JazzWednesday @ The Screening Room Begins In February
JazzBuffalo, in association with The Screening Room, will be presenting JazzWednesday @ The Screening Room to take place every last Wednesday of the month. The initial exciting three concerts are set. We will have The Tim Clarke Soul-Tet on 2/28, the Hot Club of Buffalo on 3/28, and Carina and the Six String Preacher on 4/25. The recent JazzBuffalo Poll event was our first test of a multimedia presentation, which seemed well-received. Look for more details regarding these multimedia jazz presentations!
Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art Of Jazz Series
Next up is the 2018 Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Billy Childs! This will be one of the first headling performances for the award-winning jazz pianist since winning his most recent Grammy.
His recent Grammy-winning release Rebirth (Mack Avenue), also nominated in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category, marks his long-anticipated return to scintillating hard-bop: “ultra-sophisticated, gracefully crafted jazz, but full of dynamism” (The Guardian). Appearing with Childs will be rising saxophone star Dayna Stephens, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Ari Hoenig.
Series associate producer Tony Zambito will host a pre-concert discussion, “Art of the Arranger,” at 2 pm. Tickets are $29 and $24 for Albright-Knox Members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk or online at https://www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz. Early ticket purchases are highly recommended as Art of Jazz concerts frequently sell out well in advance of the concert date.
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.
JazzBuffalo Live @ Pausa
JazzBuffalo and Pausa Art House are teaming up to try something new. On the third Thursday of each month, we will look for opportunities to introduce and present exciting, artistic, creative, and just plain good music to the Greater Buffalo Community. Our hope is to stream live a portion of the concert on the scheduled Thursday nights. Our first Thursday JazzBuffalo Live @ Pausa is on March 15th and we will kick it off with the official debut of the exciting NOLA brass band – the Buffalo Brass Machine!
April Is Jazz Appreciation Month Returns
Last year, we began the tradition of celebrating April Is Jazz Appreciation Month originated by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2001. Four Saturdays of fantastic jazz concerts. This year, we will kick-off April Is Jazz Appreciation Month with a special "JAM-Eve" concert by the Philippe Lemm Trio. The New York City-based group plays internationally and received rave reviews for their performance at the Northwest Jazz Festival last year. The trio also features Buffalo-area native, pianist Angelo DiLoreto. They will be followed on April 7th by the introduction of the fabulous Paul Hage Mirage band at Pausa Art House. Look for more details coming soon!!
International Jazz Day Monday, April 30th - Save The Date
The annual global International Jazz Day celebration takes place every year on April 30th. This year, April 30th falls on a Monday. Join JazzBuffalo and The Screening Room as we celebrate this global recognition of jazz with a live concert by The Blue Note 8 followed by a live video stream of the global concert of jazz all-stars, led by Herbie Hancock. This year the global concert takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia Stay tuned for more details but save the date!
Keep Jazz Alive!!