17 Jazz Concerts That Make Great Christmas Gifts For Your Jazz Lover

At Christmas time, giving the gift of a future jazz concert to the jazz-loving fan can be a great way to support local and regional jazz.  And, make a jazz fan loving their Christmas gift.  There are a plentiful number of jazz concerts scheduled in 2019 in the Greater Buffalo and Niagara Regions.  Including concerts in Toronto and a jazz festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake for a get-away concert trip.  The concerts feature local jazz artists and jazz artists on an international level.

Here are jazz concert Christmas gift ideas for your jazz-loving fan:

Drea Sings Nina

Saturday, January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MusicalFare Theatre4380 Main Street, Suite 123
Amherst, NY 14226 United States 
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$25

JazzBuffalo presents International vocalist, pianist, and Buffalo native Drea d’Nur.  This dynamic vocalist melds jazz, blues, spiritual, protest, R&B, and love songs into powerful pieces that touch the soul. Drea d’Nur is the creator of the musical reviews “The Spirit of Nina Simone”, which was performed at Kleinhans Music Hall, and “Dear Nina: A Sonic Love Letter to Nina Simone”, which was performed at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to a capacity audience.  She has also recorded the highly celebrated CD “Day of d’Nur.”  In June…

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A Sentimental Journey: Ladies First Jazz Big Band with The Buffalo Dolls

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MusicalFare Theatre4380 Main Street, Suite 123
Amherst, NY 14226 United States 
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$25

Presented by JazzBuffalo: Enjoy an evening of one of Buffalo’s best jazz big bands and the singing of the retro Buffalo Dolls for an evening of big band music with incredible vocals. For this concert, the two are teaming up to present “A Sentimental Journey” and music of an era that the Andrew Sisters made famous.  The Ladies First Big Band have been awarded the titles of “Buffalo’s Best Big Band” by the Buffalo Music Awards. The Buffalo Dolls, singing the hits of the 1940s, ’50s…

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Charlie Ballentine’s “Music of Bob Dylan”

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pausa Art House19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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$10

JazzBuffalo Presents Charlie Ballentine’s “Music of Bob Dylan” Charlie Ballantine is an internationally renowned, award-winning guitarist.  He has been a featured artist at notable events such as The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, The Indianapolis Jazz Festival, The Bloomington Jazz Festival, and The Elkhart Jazz Festival.  Charlie is also a frequent performer at renowned jazz clubs such as The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Andy’s Jazz Club (Chicago), Cliff Bell’s (Detroit), and The Chatterbox (Indianapolis).  His music stems from the traditions of folk,…

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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,NY14222 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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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, NY 14226 United States 
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$25

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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Krista Seddon Lecture Performance Series: “Marian McPartland & Friends: A Celebration of a Life in Music”

Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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D.A.R.477 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo,NY14202 United States
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$35
Marian McPartland

Pianist, Krista Seddon, will embark on a yearlong lecture performance tour September 23, 2018, featuring the life and work of jazz great, Marian McPartland.  As the world posthumously celebrates McPartland’s 100th birthday, Buffalo, New York will host a rare, seven-concert series featuring McPartland’s signature portraits against the backdrop of her life as an artist and champion of some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.  The Buffalo series, sponsored by the Katharine Pratt Horton Buffalo Chapter of the National Society of…

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Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
Niagara-On-The Lake Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario Canada + Google Map
$55 – $100

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO, CANADA – November 19, 2018: The 2nd annual Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, with artistic director Renee Rosnes at the helm, will feature top jazz artists from both Canada and the United States in collaborative, once-in-a-lifetime performances. The festival runs from Friday, February 15, 2019, through Sunday, February 17, 2019, and is supported by Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group as one of TD’s Signature Black History Month events. Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra…

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Youn Sun Nah

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
George Westin Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6R8 Canada 
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$42.50 – $79.50
Youn Sun Nah, JAzzBuffalo

The first lady of South Korean jazz, Youn Sun Nah has a vocal range extending from the wildest screams to husky tenderness, a sumptuous instrument that nimbly handles a repertoire combining jazz, chanson and rock. Working on the fringe of jazz vocal convention, she’s been showered with acclaim in a young career that seems unstoppable. Awarded the Chevaliers of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2009 for her musical contributions in France, her most recent album is 2017’s…

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Holly Cole

Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
George Westin Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, OntarioM2N 6R8 Canada
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$42.50 – $79.50
Holly Cole, JazzBuffalo

Spanning such divergent genres as show tunes, rock, and country music has made Holly Cole one of the best-selling jazz artists ever to emerge from Canada. Her new album, simply titled HOLLY, is produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Russ Titelman, and arranged by pianist extraordinaire Larry Goldings.

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NYC Trombonist James Burton III with the BJC Sextet

Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion805 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo,NY14209 United States
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$15

NYC-based trombonist, James Burton III has been a member of Juilliard’s jazz faculty since 2011. A student of jazz legends, Jackie McLean and Curtis Fuller, Burton has gone on to perform and record with artists including Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, James Moody, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, and Christian McBride. He has also performed with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Carnegie Hall…

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The Philippe Lemm Trio

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pausa Art House19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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$10

JazzBuffalo Presents The Philippe Lemm Trio Dutch drummer Philippe Lemm brings his internationally renowned trio back to PAUSA for a repeat of last March’s celebrated appearance. The trio’s electrifying chemistry and creative re-imagination of standards, progressive rock/pop, and diversely influenced music have thrilled audiences worldwide. WNY native Angelo Di Loreto on the piano is joined by Lemm and Jeff Koch on bass.

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Carla Bley “Trios” featuring Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard at the AKG Art of Jazz Series

Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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$24 – $29

A rare North American concert by one of the landmark artists in modern jazz history! Inspired by the work of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Erik Satie, pianist/composer Carla Bley first made her mark in the 1960s, penning tunes that were recorded by Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, and Charlie Haden. Her landmark 1971 triple album jazz-rock opera Escalator Over the Hill, featuring artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Jack Bruce to Gato Barbieri and John McLaughlin, cemented her reputation for stylistic…

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Pat Metheny Side Eye Project

Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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$60 – $70

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Pat Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Metheny has won 20 Grammy Awards, countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist,” three gold records and in 2015 was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included and its youngest member. He continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating…

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Hiromi

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
George Westin Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6R8 Canada 
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$42.50 – $79.50
Hiromi, JazzBuffalo

The virtuoso pianist Hiromi is known for her technique, energetic live performances and blend of musical genres such as post-bop, progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. An utterly original improviser and composer who turns each piece into a thrilling ride.

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Bravo Niagara! Presents Paul Marinaro & Ben Paterson Trio

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Stratus Vineyard2059 Niagara Stone Road
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario Canada 
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$50 – $70

To celebrate the centennial of Nat “King” Cole, four dynamic artists present a unique tribute in honor of Nat’s life and career. Led by vocalist Paul Marinaro, dubbed as having “one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today” (Chicago Tribune), this show features the trio of acclaimed pianist Ben Paterson Music. Nat Cole: “A King’s Centennial” features: • Paul Marinaro, vocals • Ben Paterson Music, piano • Mike Downes Music, bass • Jim Doxas, drums Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in the southern…

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The Edmar Castaneda Trio at the AKG Art of Jazz Series

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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$24 – $29

Edmar Castaneda, a native of Colombia, is an unparalleled virtuoso on the harp, recognized around the world for his stunning blend of jazz and the folk music of South America. With his boundless imagination and spellbinding rhythmic dexterity, Castaneda’s performances beg for the clichéd description that “he must be seen to be believed.” With his longstanding trio featuring Marshall Gilkes (trombone) and Dave Silliman (drums/percussion) generating a joyous cascade of lush colors and dynamic spirit, Castaneda “connects with a crowd…

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Snarky Puppy

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Town Ballroom681 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States 
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$45 – $55

Snarky Puppy is truly a different kind of musical animal. The once Texan, now New York-based quasi-collective has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still “underground” in many respects, the band has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village Voice, Guardian, and Boston Herald, and has performed at some of the best venues and festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. The band has always used…

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17 jazz concerts you can take your jazz-loving fan to as a Christmas Gift.  Stay in town or get-away to Toronto or Niagara-On-The-Lake.  They will surely love it and love the jazz!

Merry Christmas

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