Jazz In Town: 5 Holiday Jazz Events Kickoff December Festivities

As we enter into December, we are treated to the start of many Holiday and Christmas events featuring jazz.  Plenty of jazz music to put you in the spirit of Christmas.  Good tidings for everyone.  In this newsletter, we will feature five events kicking off the holiday season – with two of them supporting good causes.

Featured Events

You can start your festive holiday jazz listening with the popular First Saturday Jazz Brunch at the Hollow Bistro in Clarence Hollow where the fantastic duo of Maria Sebastion and Ron Davis perform.

Saturday, December 2018

Maria Sebastion/Ron Davis at the Hollow Bistro 1st Saturday Holiday Jazz Brunch

Saturday, December 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hollow Bistro and Brew10641 Main Street
Clarance,NY14031 United States
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Maria Sebastian and Ron Davis are two of Buffalo’s most versatile musicians covering a wide variety of genres. You will find them playing songs by Peggy Lee, Norah Jones, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. For this special Holiday brunch, they are sure to play a few holiday songs.  Davis is a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, performing with many of WNY’s most memorable acts, and Sebastian has earned over a dozen local music awards as well…

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One of the city’s most endearing saloon-style pianists and singers, Ann Philippone, hosts an event for a worthy cause at this holiday time.

Ann Philippone’s Holiday Bash at Hot Mama’s!

Saturday, December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hot Mama’s Canteen12 Military Road
Buffalo, NY14207 United States
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With fabulous special guests John Brady and Erin Bahn (of the hot new band Rabbit Jaw) and Cathy Carfagna & Dave Meinzer! This party benefits the families here in Buffalo from Puerto Rico after last year’s hurricanes. There’s still so much need in this community… You can donate just by eating or drinking (15% to the cause), by putting funds in the jar, or by bringing a new, unwrapped Christmas gift! Come have a great time for a great cause!…

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Will Holton is known for putting on fabulous shows over the past ten years (read the JazzBuffalo article below) and this should be no exception!

1st Day of Christmas: Holiday Smooth Jazz Concert

Saturday, December 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tralf Music Hall622 Main Street
Buffalo, NY14202 United States
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$20 – $40

We welcome the holidays with “The 1st Day of Christmas” a smooth jazz concert experience with” Chart Topping Guitarist” Tim Bowman, Soulful Vocalist from Rochester, NY Ronald Carlton Wilcox, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductee Trumpeter- Brian Freeman, with my special guest “The BAVPA Vocal Symphony” under the direction of Mrs. Karen Saxon and yours truly Saxophonist Will Holton You don’t want to miss this show!! Tickets are reserved, Ages 16 and up are invited (with a parent if under…

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Ed Croft, the 2017 JazzBuffalo Poll Bassist Winner, puts together a concert offering holiday seasonal inspired jazz.

Ed Croft’s “Tidings of Comfort & Jazz”

Saturday, December 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kenan Center433 Locust Street
Lockport, NY14094 United States
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Ed Croft brings an all-star trio to perform a jazz-inspired evening of seasonal music at the Taylor Theater on Saturday, December 1. “Tidings of Comfort & Jazz” is the final concert in the 2018 Jazz Series, which has featured musicians and recording artists respected on a national level. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor Theater, a converted carriage house on the Center’s campus, providing an intimate, club-like atmosphere. The concert will feature two full sets of music, with refreshments…

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Banjo Juice Jazz Band, Katy Miner Quartet, and others at Christmas Benefit for the Black Rock/Riverside Food Pantry

Sunday, December 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sportsmen Tavern326 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207 United States 
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Sportsmen’s Tavern’s yearly Christmas benefit concert for the Black Rock/Riverside food pantry.

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There is much more fabulous jazz happening in town, at Pausa Art House, Hallwalls, and elsewhere, so be sure to click below:

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Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series – 2nd Jazzy Christmas Show Added!

The special holiday presentation: JazzBuffalo’s Jazzy Christmas featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and The Buffalo Dolls sold out for December 12th! PLEASE NOTE: A SECOND SHOW HAS BEEN ADDED!  THE SECOND SHOW IS NEARLY HALF SOLD SO GET YOUR TICKETS SOON!   (https://www.hotelhenry.com/jazz/)

JazzBuffalo Jazzy Christmas Featuring Ladies First Jazz Big Band and the Buffalo Dolls at Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series – SECOND SHOW ADDED!!!

Friday, December 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hotel HenryCorner Rockwell Road and Cleveland Circle
Buffalo, NY 14213 United States 
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SECOND SHOW ADDED!  GET TICKETS SOON!! Enjoy an evening of one of Buffalo’s best jazz big bands and the vocals of the retro Buffalo Dolls for an evening of jazzy Christmas music. The Ladies First Jazz Big Band have been awarded the titles of “Buffalo’s Best Big Band” by the Buffalo Music Awards (sponsored by Nightlife Magazine). Additionally, the big band has been nominated for Artvoice’s Best of Buffalo Awards numerous times as well as the  JazzBuffalo Poll Awards.  The Ladies…

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Hotel Henry Holiday Market

Once again, JazzBuffalo will be supporting Hotel Henry’s spectacular Holiday Market events on Sundays beginning November 25th and ending on Sunday, December 23rd.  The Holiday Market which will feature vendors on 2 floors and 2 brunches taking place.  For this year, there will be a Holiday Ballroom Jazz Brunch on each Sunday of Holiday Market.  JazzBuffalo has lined up for the Holiday Ballroom Jazz Brunch the following schedule of fantastic Buffalo music artists:


December 2                Paul Hage Mirage

December 9                Carina and the Six String Preacher

December 16              French ConeXion

December 23              Sara Rogers/Courtney Chyme

To make reservations, please visit the Hotel Henry Holiday Market Website page here:  Holiday Market

Albright-Knox Art Of Jazz Series

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art Of Jazz Series kicked off in great style with Sullivan Fortner.  Next up, is the incomparable Joe Lovano.  The show is already more than halfway sold!  If you have not gotten your tickets yet, do not wait!!

Joe Lovano “Trio Tapestry” featuring Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi at AKG Art of Jazz Series

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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$24 – $29

2 pm Pre-concert Conversation: Three for the Road Series producer Bruce Eaton highlights some of the unique trios in jazz history.  Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano needs no introduction: he is “the tenor titan for our times” (Allmusic), “a full-edged jazz giant” (Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records). Beginning with his work with native Buffalonian Mel Lewis, Lovano’s ever-escalating career led to touring and recording with the major jazz musicians of the late twentieth century, including Herbie Hancock, Mulgrew Miller, Ed Blackwell,…

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Announcing International Jazz Sensations

On January 30, 2019, JazzBuffalo, in association with MusicalFare Theater Premier Cabaret Lounge, is excited to present one of the most unique pairings in jazz today. The dynamic Brazilian Guitarist Diego Figueiredo and French Vocalist Extraordinaire Camille Bertault!  Reserve your seats soon!!

International Jazz Sensations Diego Figueiredo & Camille Bertault Together!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MusicalFare Theatre4380 Main Street, Suite 123
Amherst, NY14226 United States
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JazzBuffalo is excited to present one of the most unique pairings in jazz today.   The dynamic Brazilian Guitarist Diego Figueiredo and French Vocalist Extraordinaire Camille Bertault! This pairing brings to Buffalo the exciting new jazz vocalist and Sony recording artists, Camille Bertault, with world heralded amazing guitarist Diego Figueiredo. Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover this incredible artist. “Diego Figueiredo is…

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Support WBFO/JazzWorks

jazz works logoWBFO/JazzWorks offers classic recordings by many of the legends of American jazz music, new music by emerging artists from all over the world and is presented by hosts who know the music and the artists. It is an entertaining, engaging tour of an American treasure, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service is one-of-a-kind in the WNY and Southern Ontario areas and features localized information.  Be sure to catch the “JazzBuffalo Datebook” produced monthly by Mike McKay of WNED/WBFO highlighting jazz events around town.  Go here to learn how you can listen to WBFO/JazzWork in your car or stream on your devices: WBFO/JazzWorks.

Weekend Jazz at the Terrace at Delaware Park

Friday and Saturday Jazz & Cocktail Nights from 7:00 pm to 10 pm continues with dinner and cocktail drink specials.  And, JazzBrunch Sundays continues.  Call 716-886-0089 for reservations for dinner or the Sunday Brunch.  Or, enjoy cocktail specials at the bar.  Jazz to listen to:

The DUO+ at Jazz & Cocktail Nights at The Terrace at Delaware Park

Friday, November 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Terrace at Delaware Park199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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Join us for The Terrace at Delaware Park’s Friday Night Jazz series, featuring Ellen Pieroni and Donny Frauenhofer of The Duo+!   Great food, cocktails, and jazz at 7 pm. Call 716-886-0089 for dinner reservations or stop in for cocktail specials at the bar.

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Andrew Nixon and Brian DeJesus at Jazz & Cocktail Nights at The Terrace at Delaware Park

Saturday, December 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Terrace at Delaware Park199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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See two outstanding jazz musicians in Andrew Nixon on keyboards and Brian DeJesus on upright bass.  Call 716-886-0089 for dinner reservations or stop at the bar for cocktail specials.

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The PM Guitar Duo at JazzBrunch Sundays at The Terrace at Delaware Park

Sunday, December 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Terrace at Delaware Park199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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See and hear the duo of Vince Mastrantonio and Joe Pinnavaia – two of the area’s finest jazz guitarists offering fresh takes on standards, modern jazz, and originals.  Enjoy the award-winning brunch menu at the continuing JazzBrunch Sundays at the Terrace at Delaware Park.  Call 716-886-0089 for reservations.

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A 007 Affair New Year’s Eve

If you have not made plans yet for New Year’s Eve, then you might consider an evening at the historic Marcy Casino at Delaware Lake.  Buffalo Rising, Terrace at Delaware Lake, and JazzBuffalo are collaborating on a James Bond-themed 007 Affair.  Read on…

007 Affair Presented By Buffalo Rising, Terrace At Delaware Park, And Music By JazzBuffalo Featuring Carina & The Six String Preacher

Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am
Terrace at Delaware Park199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY14222 United States
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$110 – $198

NEW YEAR’S EVE action-packed | elegant views | live entertainment December 31, 2018 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 199 Lincoln Parkway Buffalo, NY 14222 $110/PERSON // $198/COUPLE


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