(Phil Sims, trombonist, bandleader, composer, and arranger appears as guest author on JazzBuffalo’s Jazz In Town. In this exclusive article written for JazzBuffalo, Phil introduces us to the next featured saxophonist for the Artisan Jazz First Sunday Series, Andy Weinzler. The next Artisan Jazz First Sunday Series will be held at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, NY. on Sunday, May 5th.)
The Historic Roycroft Inn presents Artisan Jazz First Sundays, the world-renowned saxophonists from Western New York.
On April 7th, we kicked off this celebratory home-grown series with world-famous saxophonist, Bobby Militello. The house was packed, and the music was wide-ranging in its style and emotion. The question asked was, how do we follow this?
On this second Sunday of the five-part series, we present saxophone legend, Andy Weinzler. Andy has recorded with the Gap Mangione Big Band, and with world-class names such as Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Grant Geissman, Pat LaBarbera, and Gerry Niewood. Andy has also been featured on a 2006 CD featuring bassist, John Patitucci.
Andy has also toured with the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, and the Tommy Dorsey.
Andy’s musical studies were at the prestigious Eastman School of Music and at the University of Miami. He has been a professor of music at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and toured Canada extensively. To list the remainder of Andy’s resume would consume several articles. Suffice it to say, like the others presented in this series, he is the real deal.
Over the ensuing four months, Salvatore Andolina (Eubie Blake), Russell D’Alba (Don Menza), and Bruce Johnstone (Maynard Ferguson) round out the saxophone legends roster (this year) for the five-part series, which takes place on the first Sunday of each month, April through August. Each is a force on his instrument and will be backed up by a wide variety of Western New York’s top backline performers.
This series will proceed as a living, breathing (and big-time playing) history cruise, through the streets, the clubs, and the school corridors of a city famous for one of the most joyous musical exports, ever: the jazz saxophonist.
The music starts at 6:00 PM. There is no admission charge. The Roycroft presents this music “on the house.” Food and drink are available for purchase, served by a wonderful staff. Come hear the artisans of jazz, in a historic artisan setting, celebrating Western New York, and the glory of its homegrown music.
The Historic Roycroft Inn, South Grove Street, East Aurora 6:00-8:30 PM
The lineup for Sunday, May 5th includes:
Andy Weinzler, saxophones and flute
Phil Sims, trombone
Harry Graser, piano
Scott Kwiatek, bass
Joe Goretti., drums