Jazz In Town: Jazz Appreciation and Hotel Henry Jazz Gets Underway

Each year, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History sponsors the celebration of April Is Jazz Appreciation Month.  Encouraging us all to get out and support, as well as, appreciate the true American original art form called jazz.

Highlights

JazzBuffalo Presents: My Cousin Tone’ at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series, Wednesday, April 11th at 7:30 pm

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Hotel henry 2018 posterJoin JazzBuffalo, in association with the Hotel Henry, as we kick-off the 2018 Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series with the popular 9-piece Jazz Ensemble - My Cousin Tone'. Our theme for this first concert is "Jazz and the Great American Songbook". The band, in existence for 8 years, is noted for its' well-rehearsed and unique arrangements by Rising Star arranger and saxophonist, Timothy Martin, and features previous JazzBuffalo Poll winner for Best Female Jazz Vocalist, Mary Mcmahon. The band has performed at festivals, including the Northwest Jazz Festivals, sold-out audiences at MusicalFare Theatre, and held a summer-long series on the rooftop of Tappo Restuarant. The band also features Jim Matteliano on piano, Pete Dauphin on trombone, Andrew Peruzzini on trumpet, Thomas Marinaro on saxophone, Bill Savino on bass, Bill Basil on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion. Join in for an exciting night of jazz standards, jazz classics, and songs from the Great American Songbook.  Join us in celebrating jazz in Buffalo’s newest cultural treasure – the Hotel Henry. 

Tickets are available at the Hotel Henry website here: Hotel Henry Jazz 

JazzBuffalo Presents Paul Hage Mirage, Saturday, April 7 at 8 pm at Pausa Art House

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The second of the JazzBuffalo April is Jazz Appreciation Month Series will welcome the contemporary jazz band Paul Hage and Mirage to Pausa Art House for the first time. Mediterranean-inspired jazz. "Led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Hage, Mirage gives contemporary jazz a global perspective by combining unique instrumentation with the rhythms and melodies from the three continents that border the Mediterranean Sea. Genres such as nuevo-flamenco, acid, and smooth jazz are met with classical-style guitar playing from Hage and band-mate Dan Innes, creating an expressive fusion of world music that has become the band’s trademark. Percussionist and Moroccan-born Hicham—playing bongos, Djembe, and Derbuki among other instruments—With the level of musicianship and cultural awareness that Mirage displays, it’s a language everyone can understand." – Jon Wheelock, ARTVOICE

Join us as we take a journey into the world of Mediterranean-jazz!  Here is a clip from their much-praised CD, Dynamic, and you see why Buffalo Rising states “If you EVER have a chance to hear them, you will not believe your ears.”

Boney James, Thursday, April 5th at 8 pm at Buffalo State Performing Art Center

Boney_James_300x300The man Billboard named one of the “Top 3 Contemporary Jazz Artists Of The Decade” returns to Rockwell Hall. His new album, Honestly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz charts. The four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling saxophonist has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and has sold out 3 previous appearances at Rockwell Hall.  Certainly an event for smooth jazz fans.

 

Jazz In Town

On Thursday, April 5th at 7:30 pm at Pausa House you can catch vocalist Katy Miner do a mix of Broadway, pop, and jazz.

On Friday, April 6th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House the Joe Goretti Electronic Quintet will perform a mix of jazz and jazz fusion. 

On Friday, April 6th at 8:30 pm at 189 you will find Carina and the Six String Preacher

April Is Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month.  It is going to be an exciting month of jazz!  With performances by Drea d'Nur, Zach Carr and Friends, Carina and the Six String Preacher, Sal Andolina, the Blue Note 8, and more…  Check out the full slate of performances in the JazzBuffalo article here:  JAM

Jazz Brunch

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On Saturday, April 7th make the popular Jazz Brunch at the Hollow Bistro and Brew that will feature the Rick Strauss Duo and two of Buffalo’s best musicians – Rick Strauss, guitar and Bud Fadale, bass. 

Nietzsche’s JazzFest 2018

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From Wednesday, April 11th to Sunday, April 15th there will be nearly 30 performances from local bands throughout the four days.  Ranging from 30 minutes to an hour for each performance.  Performances will begin at 5 p or 6 pm and run until midnight or 1 AM.  The highlight will be Friday, April 13th at 11:30 pm with a performance by MAZ featuring singer/songwriter Michael Maher and Friends.  Entrance will vary from $5 to $10. 

Jazz Meets Classical

MFT Bolling poster v2There will be a special presentation on Saturday, April 14th at 8 pm at MusicalFare Theatre Premier Cabaret Lounge of Claude Boiling's iconic Suite For Flute and Jazz Piano.  In addition to Boiling's piece, there will be jazzed up arrangements of classical pieces and jazz standards. The event will feature Dave Schiavone, Peggy Scalzo, Theresa Quinn, and David Siegfried.  Tickets are $20 and available at MusicalFare Box Office.  

Melissa Aldana at AKG Art of Jazz Series

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One of the most talked about artists in jazz today is the Chilean tenor saxophonist, Melissa Aldana.  The Melissa Aldana Quartet will appear on Saturday, April 21st at 8:00 pm at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series.  Aldana is the first female instrumentalist and first South American to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  Get tickets here: AOJ Series

Support Northwest Jazz Festival Fundraiser

Northwest jazz fest fundraise flyerThe annual Taste of Jazz Fundraiser for the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY will take place on Sunday, April 15th from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Brickyard Brewery on Center Street.  Great food and music that will feature sneak previews with Paul Hage Mirage, The Hot Club of Buffalo, and the Jon Lehning Trio.  Proceeds help to keep the festival FREE folks!

Keep Jazz Alive!

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