Jazz In Town: The Art of Jazz Greatness Visits Buffalo

A week ahead of very special jazz is about to happen.  Truly shaping up to be a special year for jazz so far.


Billy Childs Quartet, Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm at the Albright-Knox Art of Jazz Series

Billychilds-webNext up in this series 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.

Art of arranger preso coverSeries associate producer Tony Zambito will host a pre-concert discussion, “Art of the Arranger,” at 2 pm. A multi-media presentation that looks at the geniuses behind the music and covers artists and arrangers Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, John Beasley, Maria Schneider and more.

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

The Buffalo Brass Machine, Thursday, March 15th at 7 pm at JazzBuffalo Live @ Pausa Art House


This Thursday, March 15th at 7 pm we kick-off JazzBuffalo Live @ Pausa Art House. The first of events to showcase the creative music in Buffalo. Our first group is the exciting NOLA and Brassy – The Buffalo Brass Machine. Attend this live concert – which we will attempt to stream live the first few songs – and experience this group in the intimate venue of Pausa. Yes – it will be brassy and loud – and fun. This group is highly touted for its creative arranging of modern tunes into NOLA Brass and New Orleans Street Jazz. Find out why cities like Cleveland, Detroit, and Toronto are booking this band.  Make the first official debut of the Buffalo Brass Machine at Pausa this Thursday! Enjoy this fun video.


The Tuba Trio, Friday, March 16 at 8 pm at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Hallwalls continues its mission of bringing us international music from the world of improvisational and free jazz.  Here is a description of the Tuba Trio provided by Hallwalls:

The Tuba Trio is a one-of-a-kind ensemble featuring three world-renowned masters of their craft:

JosephDaleyTubaTrioJoseph Daley – tuba, euphonium
Scott Robinson – saxophone, winds
Warren Smith – drums, percussion

Joseph Daley’s Tuba Trio is an exploration into the improvisational concepts of the visionary composer & multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers. Daley dedicates his new album “The Tuba Trio Chronicles” to the memory of his good friend and mentor Sam Rivers, with whom he played in the Rivbea Tuba Trio along with Barry Altschul.

After nearly 40 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene – with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Taj Mahal and so many more – Joseph Daley stunned musicians and fans alike with his brilliant CD, “The Seven Deadly Sins” released in 2011. The album also received rave reviews and made several Best of 2011 lists. Featuring his Earth Tones Ensemble (a full Jazz orchestra augmented by six additional low-toned horns, and including a seven-member rhythm section and four special guests), this powerfully innovative music mines the same rich vein of musical expression as that of immortals like Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and George Russell.

Jazz In Town

On Thursday, March 15th at 7 pm the Jazz at TBZ: Jewish American Songbook series continues with a focus on Gershwin and featuring vocalist Rebecca Filsinger.

On Friday, March 16th at 8 pm you catch another installment of the Star People: The Miles Davis Project at Pausa Art House

On Saturday, March 17th at noon, the Tim Clarke Soul-tet plays Sportsmen Tavern for one set to be followed by a jazz jam

On Saturday, March 17th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House, you can catch Wordism.  A night of poetry that also includes music from Tony Rhodes’s JFT band. 

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

Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series Returns For 2018 Season Wednesday, April 11

Hotel henry 2018 jazz series

PptJazzBuffalo and the Hotel Henry are pleased to announce the 2018 Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series will begin on Wednesday, April 11.  Our first concert will feature the 9-piece jazz ensemble, My Cousin Tone’.  The band has been in existence for 8 years and features exciting arrangements by Rising Stare arranger, Tim Martin and previous winner of the JazzBuffalo Poll for Best Female Jazz Vocalist, Mary McMahon.  The noted band has performed at the Northwest (Lewiston) Jazz Festival and at sold-out concerts at MusicalFare Theatre.  We will be moving the start time from 7 pm to 7:30 pm and ticket prices will be $15.   Look for the full schedule to come out soon that will include the El Coco: A Night of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Beatles Jazz Quintet: A Jazz Tribute to the Beatles, Mark Marinaccio: A Jazz Tribute To Michael Jackson, New Orleans Jazz Celebration with Buffalo Brass Machine, and more… Go here for tickets!  Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series Tickets

Jazz @ The Screening Room


The next Jazz @ the Screening Room event will take place on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 pm.  Note the time change from 7 pm to 7:30 pm.  We will be featuring Buffalo’s premier gypsy jazz band – The Hot Club of Buffalo.  Presenting music steep in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and consisting of four talented musicians – Joshua Assad, Deano Gionis, E.J. Koeppel, and Kevin O’Brien.  Since the release of their self-entitled CD last year, the group has been growing a loyal fan community.  If you have not checked them out, here is your chance.  (The Screening Room is located on Alberta Drive on the backside of Boulevard Mall – next to the Macy’s entrance – across from the Wegman’s on Alberta Drive and Maple)

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.  On April 21st, we will host the fantastic Devin Kelly Trio, which will feature noted guitarist Bob Schneider and NYC organist Dino Losito, as well as, drummer Devin Kelly.  They will be performing music from their most recent CD.   On April 28 we will have a special tribute to Norman Granz and the historic Jazz at the Philharmonic featuring the BPO saxophonist Sal Andolina and his band.  Look for an announcement soon on who will appear on April 14th.  Make plans to attend every Saturday from March 31st to April 28th to participate in the annual April is Jazz Appreciation Month festivities.  

Philippe Lemm Trio, Saturday, March 31st at Pausa Art House

Save this date!  The international band will be here for a rare visit.  You will be in for a treat of their inspiring jazz music that has this band performing throughout Europe and the US.  Check out this performance in the Netherlands and you will see why this is must-see jazz!

Northwest Jazz Festival Fundraiser – Sunday, April 15th at 4 pm to 8 pm

Northwest jazz fest fundraise flyer

The Northwest Jazz Festival will host its annual fundraiser this April 15th.  The event will be held at a new location this year – at the Brickyard Brewing company.  Join in on raising funds for this premier festival.  Performing for the event are three outstanding groups – The Paul Hage Mirage Band, The Alex McArthur / Jon Lehning Quartet, and The Hot Club of Buffalo.  Put this on your calendar for a Sunday drive to Lewiston and to support the Northwest Jazz Festival.  

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!

Supporting a Cause

Here is a cause – Hosikids – hope for sisi‘ kids –  in need of support.  Miquel, Kike, and Vladimir – the fabulous authentic South American Folkloric and Latin Jazz trio will be performing at the Taste of Ghana.

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Keep Jazz Alive!!!

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