Jazz In Town: 5 Christmas Jazz Events Celebrate The Holidays

Winter Hotel Henry Photo by Joe Cascio

(Winter photo of Hotel Henry by photographer Joe Cascio)

Holiday and Christmas Jazz is underway for the month of December like never before.  The abundance of jazz in the holiday spirit means more than 25 Holiday and Christmas Jazz events throughout Greater Buffalo.  Be sure to check out the article below, 26 Holiday Jazz Events To Enjoy This Christmas Season, on the holiday jazz events presented by our local jazz artists.

Many are looking forward to the sold out JazzBuffalo Jazzy Christmas with the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and the Buffalo Dolls on Wednesday, December 12th.  Be sure to read below and get tickets for the second show that was added on Friday, December 21st – before it sells out!

This month, we will keep the focus on featuring Holiday and Christmas Jazz events but do visit “Upcoming Jazz” for non-holiday related jazz events:

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Start the weekend with the enterprising vocalist Kristen Smigielski who has assembled a group of fine players and a special guest.

Home for the Holidays with the Kristen Smigielski Combo

Thursday, December 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Pausa Art House19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY14201 United States
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$7

The Kristen Smigielski Combo is returning to Pausa Art House for a festive Holiday themed show! Kristen Smigielski will be joined by special guest vocalist Steve Balesteri, along with Jon Rizzo (piano), James Benders (bass), and John Smigielski (drums).

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Here’s a way to enjoy the holiday spirits with a dinner dance and enjoy the great sound of the Anderson Big Band as they hold their 4th Annual Christmas Dinner Dance.

Dance the Night Away with The Anderson Big Band Christmas Dinner Dance

Saturday, December 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
McGruders4995 Broadway
Depew, NY14043 United States
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$35

Swing into the Holidays! 🎄 The 4th Annual Anderson Big Band Dinner Dance is Saturday, December 8th! For tickets & more info call: 716-560-3910 or email andersonbigband@gmail.com! Join us for: • Dinner includes: salad, roll, stuffed chicken breast, garlic roasted potatoes, vegetables & dessert brownie • Enjoy dancing to the music of the last 70 years: Big Band, Popular Music, Latin, and Disco! • Cash Bar • Tickets: $35

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Hear the music of Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas by the Ed Croft Trio.

Charlie Brown Christmas with Ed Croft

Saturday, December 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pausa Art House19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY14201 United States
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$10

The Buffalo based jazz band The Ed Croft Trio will recreate the magical holiday album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio at a special show at Pausa Art House.

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Support a good cause for veterans with the entertaining The Buffalo Dolls.

Jingle Bell Jazz II at The Tralf

Sunday, December 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tralf Music Hall622 Main Street
Buffalo, NY14202 United States
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$20 – $25

The Buffalo Dolls and Ladies First Jazz Holiday Concert at the Tralf Music Hall. Family friendly event! Parental supervision required for children attending under 21 Tickets on sale! Follow the link or contact any member of The Buffalo Dolls, Ladies First Jazz or Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight. Tickets: $20 Presale. $25 Day of Show Food and drink available for sale at The Tralf. Enjoy the sounds of the Holidays featuring beloved songs such as: White Christmas Melekilikimaka Baby, It’s Cold…

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Make a visit to the Buffalo History Museum to hear the BJC Sextet perform straight-ahead jazz versions of holiday tunes.

Buffalo Jazz Collective Sextet Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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$15

The Buffalo Jazz Collective Sextet featuring Mark Filsinger, John Hasselback Jr., Bobby Militello, Bobby Jones, Jim Colemon, and John Bacon Jr. perform holiday songs.

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There is much more fabulous jazz happening in town, including more holiday jazz, 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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$15

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 9th will feature Carina & The Six String Preacher.

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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JazzBuffalo Winter JazzFest At MusicalFare Premier Cabaret Lounge

JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theater Premier Cabaret Lounge are teaming up to present three jazz shows in January.  These not only make great gifts but are exciting shows to attend.  Make sure to click “Find out” more to get more information and to get tickets soon!

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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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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$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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More Jazz Hits The Hertel / Black Rock Areas

Jazz is finding its way into every corner of the city.  And, that includes Hertel Avenue and the Black Rock areas.  Be sure to visit JazzBuffalo.org “Upcoming Events” and look for Hertel Avenue events on a new series at Sterling Tavern, boutique places like Je Ne Sais Quoi and Belsito, and the hip Sidebar.  In the Black Rock area, in addition to Sportsmen Tavern and Hot Mama’s Canteen, the Imagine Event Center and Club 861 will have jazz on their schedule.  Look for more information in the future about jazz in these areas.

Weekend Jazz at the Terrace at Delaware Park

Friday and Saturday Jazz & Cocktail Nights from 7:00 pm to 10 pm continues at this iconic cultural location that overlooks the beauty of Hoyt Lake and Delaware Park with dinner and cocktail drink specials.  And, JazzBrunch Sundays continues also.  Call 716-886-0089 for reservations for dinner or the Sunday Brunch.  Or, enjoy cocktail specials at the bar.  Jazz to listen to:

Hot Club Express at Jazz & Cocktail Nights At The Terrace at Delaware Park

Friday, December 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Terrace at Delaware Park199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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Free

See the gypsy jazz duo of Deano Gionis on guitar and E.J. Koeppel on the violin while having dinner at the Terrace or take in one of their cocktail specials at the bar.  Call 716-886-0089 for dinner reservations.

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Dale Toliver Duo at Jazz & Cocktail Nights at The Terrace at Delaware Park

Saturday, December 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Terrace at Delaware Park199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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Free

See the smooth duo of Dale Oliver on guitar and Al Fergusen on the organ while having dinner at the Terrace or take in one of their cocktail specials at the bar.  Call 716-886-0089 for dinner reservations.

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Adam Bronstein Duo at JazzBrunch Sundays at The Terrace at Delaware Park

Sunday, December 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Terrace at Delaware Park199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States 
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Free

See and hear one of the area’s finest jazz guitarists who has played in many concerts involving tributes to jazz legends and jazz fusion artists.  He will be joined by a rising star bassist in the area, Anthony Henry. Call the Terrace at Delaware Park for reservations for widely-acclaimed brunch menu – call 716-886-0089.

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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

DRESS FOR THE EVENING IN CREATIVE BOND ATTIRE. GUESTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SPORT ANYTHING FROM FORMAL BLACK TIE TO A HOTEL BATHROBE, EVENING GOWNS, SCUBA GEAR, & EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN. LOOK FOR 007 PROJECTIONS, CHARACTERS, AND OF COURSE SOME SHAKEN NOT STIRRED ZAMIR VODKA. ADMISSION INCLUDES OPEN PREMIUM BAR AND STATIONED DINNER. 21+ ONLY. VALET…

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