8 Local Audience Pleasing Performances Kicked Off Northwest Jazz Festival

One of the largest opening Friday night crowds in the 17-year history of the Northwest Jazz Festival attended the festival on Friday, August 24th.  On the schedule were eight performances by local music groups.  All were outstanding and gave a platform for their music to be presented to an eager audience of festival goers.

Here is a rundown of the performances with fantastic photo galleries provided by JazzBuffalo contirbutor, photographer Jack Zuff:

The Marcus Lolo Group kicked things off on the Frontier House.  The Haitian born pianist attending the University of Buffalo certainly had a welcoming audience enjoying his contemporary jazz:

Vocalist Kathy Carr got festivies underway, with a great ensemble, in the DiCamillo Courtyard with a performance the full courtyard clearly enjoyed:

Matt’s Music Vocal Perfromance Team hit the Rising Star stage and put on a show that the loud applause from parents, friends, family, and festival goers indicated.  A talented young group of singers!

The Lance Tanner Duo featuring guitarists Marcus Deveso and James Ferrantini were fantastic!  The Peace Garden audience definitely enjoyed their music.  We need to hear more from them!

Wazmopolitan led by drummer Dave Wasik with Kevin Doyle and Jack Kulp put on a show with their blend of bossa-nova and standards.

Vocalist Cheryl Ferris and her trio presented beautiful jazz standards to a full DiCamillo Courtyard.

The Mastrantonio/Pinnavaia Duo featuring Vincent Mastrantonio and John Pinnavaia put on a display of jazz guitar mastery we need to hear more of!  (See them at the Hollow Bistro First Saturday Jazz Brunch presented by JazzBuffalo on September 8 – call 716-759-7351 for reservations!)

The Paul Hage and Mirage Band delivered an infectious rhythmic performance that really made their unique art form of Mediterranean Jazz shine.  The audience was clearly moved!

The variety of talent and musical styles in WNY is truly a treasure for this region.  The opening Friday night sure put it on display!


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