Jazz In Town: 5 Featured Events Highlight Jazz Celebrations

Although the temperatures have not reflected it, spring is definitely in the air.  Bringing with it a blossoming of jazz that is downright incredible this spring.  Look for a special SAVE THE DATE announcement below!  There is a lot blooming here – read on…

Featured Events

The Jazz Side Of Jony James

Friday, April 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pausa Art House19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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$10

An opportunity to hear a different side of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame blues guitarist. The group will perform jazz classics from the pens of the likes of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and others. James will also perform classics in the early post-war blues style of Muddy Waters and T Bone Walker, players who straddled the line between jazz and blues. Accompanying him will be Ed Croft on upright bass.

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Ladies First Jazz Band 17th Annual Women’s History Month Concert

Sunday, April 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tralf Music Hall622 Main Atreet
Buffalo, NY 14202 United States 
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$20 – $25

Jennifer May’s Ladies First jazz Big Band performing in their 17th Annual Women’s History Month Concert featuring Ladies First Jazz, Vocalist Donna Kerr from The Buffalo Dolls, Matt’s Music, Inc. Vocal Performance Team and Actress Verneice Turner. Ladies First Jazz, led by Jennifer May and Jenny Jones, is an all-female, 16 piece jazz group based in the WNY area. The Big Band has been awarded the title of “Buffalo’s Best Big Band” by the Buffalo Music Awards (sponsored by Nightlife…

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

Sunday, April 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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D.A.R.477 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202 United States 
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$35
Marian McPartland

In this month’s lecture performance, Krista Seddon will present: I’m Beginning to See the Light: The Visionary Art of Duke Ellington

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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Artisan Jazz First Sundays at the Roycroft: Bobby Militello

Sunday, April 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Roycroft Inn40 S. Grove St.
East Aurora, NY 14052 United States 
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Free

The Historic Roycroft Inn, long known for jazz in Western New York launches a new series in April. The Artisan Jazz First Sundays series, presented by trombonist and composer, Phil Sims will spotlight five of the area’s greatest jazz saxophonists over a five-month period. The first concert in the series is April 7th features local and international jazz icon, Bobby Militello. Bobby is best known for his 28-year stint as the featured alto saxophonist with world-renowned pianist and composer, Dave…

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The Jazz of Mary Ramsey at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series

Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hotel HenryCorner Rockwell Road and Cleveland Circle
Buffalo, NY 14213 United States 
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$15 – $18

Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, violin/violist Mary Ramsey of the 10,000 Maniacs appears at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series for a very special performance that will explore jazz standards, gypsy jazz, the classical music repertoire as well as Mary Ramsey’s original compositions. The indie rock world may know her as the vocalist for the post-Natalie incarnation of 10,000 Maniacs, but the violist, violinist, and songwriter has had a long and distinguished career aside from that group playing jazz, classical, and…

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Drive An Hour East And Hear More Great Jazz

On this upcoming weekend, there happens to be some great jazz happening an hour plus east.  Check it out:

6th Annual Scott LaFaro Day Celebration With Kenny Barron And Dave Holland

Saturday, April 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Smith Center for The Arts82 Seneca Street
Geneva, NY 14456 United States 
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$27.50 – $47.50

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Kenny Barron (piano) and Dave Holland (bass) come together for a special performance as the Smith Opera House gears up for its 125th Anniversary. Each frequently dubbed as this generation’s best jazz musicians on their respective instruments, Barron and Holland form a duet that can often be described as seamless, or like two people who know each other so well they finish each other’s sentences. Their 2014 album, “The Art of Conversation,” proved…

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Jazz Pianist Aaron Diehl At Nazareth College

Saturday, April 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Nazareth College Arts Center4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618 United States 
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$38

Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of today’s most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” A featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry. In “Paradoxes in Performance,” Diehl interprets classical works and brings a new twist to jazz favorites. Location: Beston Hall in…

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MARK MCGRAIN’S NOROC QUARTET

Sunday, April 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bop Shop Records1460 Monroe
Rochester, NY 14618 United States 
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$10 – $15

Rochester native Mark McGrain is a New Orleans based trombonist, composer, and educator. He is the leader of the critically acclaimed trio Plunge and a busy instrumentalist and arranger for many New Orleans artists, including backing singer John Boutté (since 2006) and frequently in a duo with pianist Matt Lemmler. Formerly on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, Mr. McGrain is the author of the textbook Music Notation (Hal Leonard pub.) Video: On The Turning Away w/ John Boutté…

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Jazz Appreciation Night With Special Appearance By Jerry Weldon On Wednesday, April 17

April is Jazz Appreciation Month.  We will be celebrating jazz appreciation with a special concert and a special Wednesday opening at Pausa Art House.  Reserve a table soon!

JazzBuffalo Presents Sax Giant Jerry Weldon

Wednesday, April 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Pausa Art House19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States 
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$15

A special Wednesday appearance on his way to Toronto, Jerry makes a stop at PAUSA.  And, JazzBuffalo couldn’t be more excited to present this giant of a sax man once again! Internationally renowned veteran sax man Jerry Weldon has been a player on the jazz scene for more than 35 years. With eight CD’s as a leader and more sideman sides than even he can count…or remember, this native New Yorker’s performance/recording résumé reflects his venerable tenor tenure and reads…

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Veronica Swift with The Emmet Cohen Trio – SAVE THE DATE

Many in the Greater Buffalo/Niagara area recall the sensational appearance of Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio, as well as, the wildly applauded performance by the Emmet Cohen Trio at the 2018 Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY.  JazzBuffalo is excited to bring them back to the area – together!  Venue and ticket information will be announced soon.  SAVE THE DATE, FRIDAY, JUNE 28 AT 7:30 PM, for a spectacular evening of jazz from these rising stars on the international jazz stage!

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JazzBuffalo Presents At MusicalFare Premier Cabaret Lounge

We have some fantastic shows coming up at MusicalFare Premier Cabaret Lounge you don’t want to miss.  Get reserved seats soon!

JazzBuffalo Presents The Rhythm Future Quartet

Sunday, May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
MusicalFare Theatre4380 Main Street, Suite 123
Amherst, NY 14226 United States 
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$25

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international…

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JazzBuffalo Presents Vocalist Alexis Cole

Saturday, June 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MusicalFare Theatre4380 Main Street, Suite 123
Amherst, NY 14226 United States 
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$30

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance. A dozen albums into her critically acclaimed career, she may also be the best-kept secret in jazz, a status that’s certain to change as more people are discovering her for themselves. The year 2009 was a big one for Alexis: She released her first albums on both Motéma Music and Venus Records… and went to Basic Training to prepare for her new job as…

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JazzBuffalo Presents Chiara Izzi – Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition Winner – With Pianist Kevin Hays

Saturday, June 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MusicalFare Theatre4380 Main Street, Suite 123
Amherst, NY 14226 United States 
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$30

Izzi and Hays will bring their special collaboration to the MusicalFare Theater Premier Cabaret Lounge on Saturday, June 8th.  An international event! Described by Jazz Times as “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated”, Chiara Izzi has developed a unique sonic interpretation of a fusion of different genres, including jazz, pop and Mediterranean sounds. Following her international debut performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, at which Quincy Jones awarded her first prize, the vocalist recorded her debut…

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Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series

The next Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series performance will come up quickly!  Scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st is saxophonist Will Holton.  Get tickets soon!

An Evening With Saxophonist Will Holton at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series

Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hotel HenryCorner Rockwell Road and Cleveland Circle
Buffalo, NY 14213 United States 
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$15 – $18

Contemporary jazz saxophonist Will Holton will take the stage at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series in May! Will Holton is a Buffalo-bred saxophonist who draws inspiration from Jazz, R&B, and Soul artists. An ambassador for the countries largest Juneteenth Festival, he has also performed at statewide music festivals including Buffalo’s Pine Grill Reunion, Rochester’s Roc the Park and Afrikan American Festivals, Syracuse’s CNY Jazz Festival and annual performance in White Plains, NY, and Washington DC. Each year, Holton creates…

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1st Saturday Jazz Brunch At The Hollow Bistro 

Alex McArthur / Sara Rogers at 1st Saturday Jazz Brunch at Hollow Bistro

Saturday, April 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hollow Bistro and Brew10641 Main Street
Clarance, NY 14031 United States 
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Our next 1st Saturday Jazz Brunch at Hollow Bistro Hosted By JazzBuffalo is Saturday, April 6! We will be featuring two wonderful rising stars in our jazz community. The multi-talented Sara Rogers with the 2018 JazzBuffalo Poll winner for Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Alex McArthur. Call The Hollow Bistro and Brew to get your reservation in for their award-winning brunch and great jazz music! Call 716-759-7351!

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JazzBuffalo Articles You May Have Missed

Artisan Jazz First Sunday Series To Celebrate Buffalo Sax History

(Phil Sims, trombonist, bandleader, composer, and arranger appears as a guest author on JazzBuffalo’s Jazz In Town. In this exclusive article written for JazzBuffalo, Phil introduces a new jazz series focused on Buffalo saxophone legends. The new Artisan Jazz First Sunday Series will be held at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, NY. beginning Sunday, April […]

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Northwest Jazz Festival Announces 2019 Lineup For Four Stages

At the Taste of Jazz Fundraiser taking place on Sunday, March 31st, the Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY announces its lineup of local and regional performers for its 2019 and 17th Annual Jazz Festival.  Recently, the festival announced its lineup for the Main Headliner Stage to include Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express, Roberta Gambarini, […]

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Ralph Fava To Be Honored At 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival In Historic Lewiston, NY

In honor of one of the Greater Buffalo/Niagara’s beloved jazz contributors in the last few decades, the Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY will honor jazz guitarist Ralph Fava.  Fava, founder of the Lockport Music Center and first-call guitarist for many celebrity performers who performed in the area, died in October of 2018 after […]

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A New Day In Jazz In Buffalo!

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