A Jazzy Christmas season is happening in Great Buffalo this year! Plenty of enjoyable music to get you in the holiday spirit! If you enjoy the sounds of the holidays performed by big bands, this is going to be your week! Be sure to check out the article, 26 Holiday Jazz Events To Enjoy This Christmas Season, on the holiday jazz events presented by our local jazz artists throughout the area.
As we have been doing through the month of December so far, we will keep the focus on featuring Holiday and Christmas Jazz events but do visit “Upcoming Jazz” for non-holiday related jazz events:
See smooth jazz star Gerald Albright on his Christmas tour and revel in his smooth sax sound.
Saxophonist Gerald Albright was already an accomplished saxophonist by the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, but he switched to bass after he saw Louis Johnson in concert. Playing both sax and bass, he became the consummate session and touring musician in the 80s, working with everyone from Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Jr., Atlantic Starr, The Temptations and Maurice White to Les McCann, Teena Marie, the Winans and Whitney Houston. He launched his solo career in the infancy…
For a fun family affair that mixes the holidays, Santa, cookies, and jazz together, check out the inaugural CookieFest at the Terrace at Delaware Park that will feature the fabulous vocals of Carolyn Lansom.
On Saturday, December 15th from Noon-4pm for the Inaugural “Holiday Cookie Fest” at The Terrace in Delaware Park takes place. Kids are Free! Admission is $15 and includes Holiday Mug and Spirited Adult Beverage (Click on the orange “Purchase Tickets” button below to be taken to Eventbrite for tickets!) Shop and sample cookies and baked cookies from Buffalo’s best bakeries! Bring the kids to meet and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause who will be giving away Pre-Christmas Gifts!…
Enjoy the holiday sound of the Easy Street Big Band in an annual Christmas concert.
Join the band for an enjoyable afternoon of holiday music at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse in Tonawanda. Established in 2003, the 18-piece band has performed throughout Western New York at festivals, fundraisers, country clubs and a variety of other venues. Comprised of 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, a male and female vocalist and rhythm section, The Easy Street Big Band captures the sound of the traditional “Big Band Era” and breathes new life into arrangements from more contemporary genres…
Check out the Phil Sims led MOBB big band in a holiday concert with vocals by Katy Miner and special guest Mike Civisca.
Phil Sims, the founder of the Buffalo Brass Big Band, recently formed the Musicians of Buffalo Big Band (the MOBBB). This 17-piece band consists of many of the area’s top jazz artists and big band players. Then closing out the year on December 17th with a Big Band Christmas Holiday Concert. December 17th Katy will be joined by male vocalist Mike Civisca for their final performance of 2018 in a Holiday Concert.
Joe Baudo Big Band performs Tuesday at the noon hour with Cheryl Ferris often joining in. For two Tuesdays in December (11th and 18th) the swinging big band will accompany Chery Ferris and her vocal interpretations of Christmas Jazz standards.
There is much more fabulous jazz happening in town, including more holiday jazz, so be sure to click below:
Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series – Looking Ahead To 2019
What a year it has been for the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series produced by JazzBuffalo. Many thanks to the Hotel Henry for their generosity in opening up this cultural beauty to the community. It has been a joy to see many of the retunings faces! The second Jazz Christmas show is sold out and we look ahead to 2019. After taking a breather in January, we will be kicking the series off in 2019 with the 5th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll Awards and a special appearance by The Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Band on Wednesday, February 13. Mark your calendars and look for tickets soon!