The Historic Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, New York Inc., announced its artist line-up for the CMC International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank. The three (3) day festival runs from Friday, October 11th thru Sunday, October 13th, 2019. A full schedule of events and Tickets are available at www.cmcjazzfest.com
The festival this year will host jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée as their headlining performer. In addition, Blue Note / Revive artist Brent Birckhead and the rising star violinist Scott Tixier will be featured during the festival. The festival will also pay tribute to the former Sun Ra Arkestra saxophonist and local legend, Reynold Scott.
Cyrille Aimée To Hold Master Class
Cyrille Aimée will appear with a quartet on Sunday, October 13th, 2019. Aimée will also host a master class at the CMC Jazz Museum. She is a pioneer in the industry, as well as an unparalleled vocal performer. Aimée performances finds her singing in English, French, and maybe even Spanish, as she resides in New Orleans, hails an education at SUNY Purchase in New York, and touts French-Dominican parentage.
Guest visionary, woodwind artist, educator Blue Note/ Revive artist, saxophonist Brent Birckhead is slated to bring his ensemble entitled BIRCKHEAD as a headliner on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 at 2:30 pm. No strangers to the international stage, the group has performed before audiences at the Kennedy Center, and continues to engage listeners with the bandleader’s “compulsion for creative risk and deep respect for legacy.”
Festival To Honor Reynold Scott
The Historic Colored Musicians Club, Burchfield Penney Art Center, and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center will join together in a collaborative musical celebration to honor the late great jazz saxophonist Reynold Scott. The all-star ensemble will play some of Rey’s original tunes, reimagined. The curated show will feature Brent Birckhead on woodwinds, and French string composer/ improviser, Scott Tixier on violin. Artistic Director and lead pianist, Walter Kemp 3, calls the collective “Reyvolation–outer play-ces” and brings with him the ability to maintain a unique retrospective, while artistically reinventing the music in a way that lends itself to futurism. The unit will perform with a freedom indicative of Scott, and includes Abdul Rahman Qadir on drums, woodwind artist and Hallwalls Artistic Director Steve Baczkowski, bassists Sabu Adeyola and Rishon Odel, vocalist Curtis Lovell, percussionist Ravi Padnamabha, and guitarist Greg Millar.
Juini Booth To Make Featured Appearance
Renowned bassist and legend Juini Booth, who also toured with Rey Scott and the Sun Ra Arkestra, will be making a featured appearance at the Festival with the George Spanos Trio. Booth has played and recorded with the likes of Art Blakey, Chuck Mangione, Freddie Hubbard, and Gary Bartz, and has been a member of the Arkestra since 1989. Joining Lead drummer George Spanos and bassist Booth, is Leo Genovese, who performs globally, noted for his work with Esperanza Spalding.
Saturday evening, The Mansion on Delaware will host a dynamic sitar and drummer duo featuring Naryan Padnamabha and David Teaspoon Hulett. A landmark jam session in honor of Rey Scott, to be held at the Historic Colored Musicians Club, will conclude the festival. The jam session will be led by Sabu Adeyola and Don Metz. The unit will feature GRAMMY-award winning pianist George Caldwell and famed drummer Darryl Washington. All those affiliated with Mr. Scott are encouraged to attend.
(The CMC International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank acknowledges the following sponsors: Tommyrotter Distillery, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, Hotel Henry, KeyBank, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, WNED / WBFO, Villa Maria College, African American Cultural Center, Hon. Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, Hon. Mayor Byron W. Brown, State Senator Tim Kennedy, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Try-it Distribution and Dolce Family Fund and Mix Musik & Media Artist Management Group. JazzBuffalo will continue to provide media coverage for the festival.)