Jazz In Town: A Drumming Legend Hits Town

Buffalo gets a visit from a jazz drums legend this coming weekend.  Gypsy jazz hits the screen.  And, the youth movement in jazz continues.


Billy Cobham, Friday, March 23 at 8 pm at The Tralf Music Hall

Billy cobhamJazz legend, drummer Billy Cobham, returns to Buffalo and the Tralf once again.  This time with his Crosswinds Project.  The project is a reflection on the original Crosswinds album Cobham released in 1974.  After his time with Miles Davis and as one of the original members of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham staked out a claim as the greatest jazz fusion drummer ever.  Although not listed anywhere, here is who he most likely will be touring with: Ernie Watts – sax, Martin Scales – guitar, Tim Landers – bass, and Scott Tibbs – keys.  Here is a video of the band as recent as October of last year:

The Hot Club of Buffalo, Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 pm At The Screening Room Cinema and Café


Buffalo’s premier gypsy jazz band performs at this month’s JazzWednesday @ the Screening Room presented by JazzBuffalo.  This alternative venue allows for a multi-media event as the band will perform in the tradition of Django Reinhardt.  The groups feature E.J. Koeppel, violin, Deono Gionis, guitar, Joshua Assad, guitar/vocals, and Kevin O’Brien, bass. As mentioned several times before, not many cities in the US can boast of a top quality gypsy jazz band.  The Greater Buffalo community is quite fortunate to have a stellar group of musicians who perfect the art of gypsy jazz and carry on the steep legacy given to us by Django Reinhardt.  

Jazz In Town

On Thursday, March 22nd at 7 pm you catch the Tom Marinaro Quartet at Pausa Art House with Tom Marinaro alto sax, Alec Dube vibes, Paul Yates bass, Tim Webb drums.

On Thursday, March 22nd at 7 pm at the Carnegie Arts Center you can see the Bobby Militello Quartet

On Friday, March 23rd at 7 pm at California Road Music you see Critt’s Juke Joint with Eric Crittenden

On Friday, March 23rd at MusicalFare Theater Cabaret Lounge you can see The Cabaret Big Band led by Phil Sims and featuring vocalist Katy Miner

On Friday, March 23rd at 8 pm at Pausa Art House see Wazmopolitan as they do a reprise of Jobim with Dave Wasik, drums, Kevin Doyle, piano, and Jack Kulp, bass

On Friday, March 23rd at 8 pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, you can see the jazz noir trio of Carina and the Six String Preacher along with the jazz/rock/pop duo of Nineteen Sixty

On Saturday, March 24th at 7:30 pm you can see the Mark Filsinger Quintet play the music of Chet Baker at the Keenan Center in Lockport

On Saturday, March 24th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House you can catch the Alex McArthur Quintet with Alex McArthur – Vocals, Jon Lehning – Saxophones, Harry Graser – Keys, Declan Miers – Bass, and Joe Goretti – Drums

On Saturday, March 24th at 9 pm you can catch Funktional Flow at the Buffalo Iron Works

On Sunday, March 25th at noon, you can find Tyler Westcott with friends and special guest E.J. Koeppel at Raclettes for jazz brunch

On Sunday, March 25th at 2 pm at California Roads Music you can catch the Music of JJ and Kai with Phil Sims and John Hasselback, Jr. 

On Sunday, March 24th at 2 pm at MusicalFare Theatre, you can see the Mark Filsinger Quintet playing the music of Chet Baker

Sunday, March 25th at 5 pm at Coco on Main Street, see the duo of vocalist Elena Cala Buscarino and guitarist Mike Moser. 

On Monday, March 26 at 7:30 pm at Sportsmen Tavern see the 17-piece big band M.O.B. led by Phil Sims with vocalist Katy Miner

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

Listings are getting long!  Which means jazz is growing in Greater Buffalo!  So, we are going to keep this edition of Jazz In Town respective to current happenings.  Look for details on upcoming jazz in another article and mailing.  And, look out for April! 

Keep Jazz Alive!!!

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