Annual Northwest Jazz Festival “Taste Of Jazz” Fundraiser To Be Held Sunday, March 31

The Main Stage headliners for the 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY were recently announced.  Most notably, the festival will welcome the legendary Monty Alexander and his Harlem-Kingston Express band to the festival.  Read more about the exciting Main Stage Headliners in this recent article here:

Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY Announces Main Stage Headliners for 2019

Posted on March 12, 2019 (March 12, 2019) by Tony Zambito

The Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY announces the lineup of Main Stage Headliner performers for 2019.    The Jazz Festival, scheduled on Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th will present top international and North American jazz artists including Monty Alexander, Roberta Gambarini, Mike Jones, Carol Welsman, Nicki Parrot, Aimée Allen, and Lucia Jackson. […]

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To keep the largest jazz festival in the region free, the Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY holds its annual “Taste of Jazz” fundraiser.  This year, the fundraiser will be held on Sunday, March 31,  at the Brickyard Brewing Co., 436 Center St.  Relying on the generous fundraiser ticket purchasers to help defray the substantial costs for producing the free, two-day outdoor jazz festival. 

The festival schedules 30 performances on five stages.  Including many local musicians.  New this year is a special dedication to guitarist Ralph Fava.  The DiCamillo Courtyard stage will feature jazz guitar duos to honor Fava’s contributions to jazz and to the community as the long-time proprietor of Lockport Music Center.  Fava died in October of 2018 after a lengthy illness.

The fundraiser will feature local musicians donating their talent for the event.  Including:

Tim Clarke
  • Carolyn Lansom and Dozo My Lady, booked for the Jazz Festival, will offer a preview of their music.
  • The eight-piece ensemble My Cousin Toné will serve as host band at the fundraiser, performing an intricately arranged jazz ensemble repertoire of jazz standards and classic straight-ahead jazz.  Special guest for the band will be trumpeter, Tim Clarke.  Multi-year winner for the JazzBuffalo Poll Trumpet of the Year award.
  • The My Cousin Tone Jazz Ensemble will feature several singers to include: Mary McMahon, previous winner for JazzBuffalo Poll Female Vocalist of the Year; DeeAnn DiMeo Tompkins, winner in this year’s JazzBuffalo Poll for Best CD/EP Release for “Stay Here” and nominee for JazzBuffalo Poll Female Vocalist of the Year; and Zach Carr, winner of the JazzBuffalo Poll Male Vocalist of the Year for two straight years.

The fundraiser will also feature food donated by local restaurants, jazz festival vendors, a 50/50, plus basket and silent auctions.

Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the door and can be purchased at the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce office (895 Center St.), by calling 716-754-9500.

New this year is the ability to purchase tickets conveniently online at this link

All are encouraged to contribute.  If you are unable to attend the fundraiser, the festival encourages all to purchase tickets as a contribution to the festival’s efforts to raise the necessary funds. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival.

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