20 Plus Holiday Jazz Events To Enjoy This Christmas

Although this Christmas season will be one of the shortest in several years, there will be an abundant amount of jazz to bring us all cheerful merriment. From paid events to free events, there will be something for all. Here is the JazzBuffalo Guide to Holiday Jazz for December 2019:

Alexei Carstensen – Take Me Back To Christmas Past

Wednesday, December 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pmPausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States + Google Map$10

Fresh from a sold-out engagement at the Downstairs Cabaret in Rochester, Alexei brings his piano & vocals, plus his pleasing banter back to PAUSA for a scintillating performance of holiday tunes – some familiar and some more obscure.

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Rick Holland Quartet – Ugly Sweater Party!

Thursday, December 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmExpo68 Art & Design, 4545 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221 United States + Google Map$15

UGLY SWEATER NIGHT! Rick Holland leads a modern big band for the ages. He respects the sound of jazz past and mixes it with an original and fresh perspective. Catch your breath from the holiday madness and have fun with new friends. Enjoy light refreshments and hot drinks. Wear your Ugly Sweater and receive a special gift from Expo68. As an added bonus, you will receive 10% OFF any purchases made in our store during the event. Profits from our…

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Peter White Christmas with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, and Lindsey Webster

Friday, December 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pmBuffalo State Performing Arts Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States + Google Map

The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center welcomes Peter White Christmas, with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala and Lindsey Webster on December 6. Jazz guitar legend Peter White’s #1 songs on the Billboard Jazz chart include “Midnight in Manhattan” and “Bright,” and his album Perfect Moment has won CD of the year at the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards. White will be backed by saxophonist Euge Groove (several #1 hits, and has performed with many icons including Tower of Power and Tina Turner),…

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Charlie Brown is in Town

Friday, December 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmPausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States + Google Map$10

The Ed Croft Trio, featuring Jake Malone Brancato: piano, Candice Simone Thomas: Drums, and Ed Croft: bass will perform Vince Guaraldi’s holiday classic, along with some other gems from his catalog. Come have a festive cup of cheer and ring in the holiday season.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas at the 1st Saturday Jazz Brunch at the Hollow Bistro

Saturday, December 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pmHollow Bistro and Brew, 10641 Main Street
Clarance, NY 14031 United States + Google Map$3

Make reservations early for this one as Ed Croft on bass and Jake-Malone Brancato on keyboards will play the iconic music from the classic Vince Guaraldi creation – A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Enjoy an award-winning brunch menu and a visit to picturesque Clarence Hollow. Call 716-759-7351 for reservations.

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Charlie Brown Kids Matinee

Saturday, December 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmPausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States + Google Map$10

The Ed Croft Trio, featuring Jake Malone Brancato: piano, Candice Simone Thomas: Drums, and Ed Croft: bass will perform Vince Guaraldi’s holiday classic, along with some other gems from his catalog. Come have a festive cup of cheer and ring in the holiday season.

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Big Band Holiday Dance Night featuring the Anderson Big Band

Saturday, December 7 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pmSt Gabriel’s RC Church, 5271 Clinton St
Elma, NY 14059 United States + Google Map$35

Enjoy an evening of food and dancing with the Anderson Big Band. This event is sponsored by the St Gabriel’s Holy Name Society. Dinner by the French Pub. Beer, wine, pop included. 21 and older event. Doors open at 5:30 Music 7-10 pm

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Jazz @ the Taylor: Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop Ruins Christmas

Saturday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pmKenan Center, 433 Locust Street
Lockport, NY 14094 United States + Google Map$15 – $20

Rounding out the 2019 Jazz @ the Taylor series, the Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop “Ruins Christmas” on December 7th with new and reimagined traditional music for the holidays. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the group will offer its own spin on holiday music, with many of the Taylor’s favorite musicians being featured. They are Tim Clarke (trumpet), Kelly Bucheger (alto and tenor saxophones), Nelson Rivera (soprano and tenor saxophones), Jared Tinkham (guitar), Alec Dube (vibraphone), Joe Goehle (bass) and…

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Mistletoe & Merriment with The Craig Warner Quintet

Saturday, December 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmPausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States + Google Map$10

A full night of Holiday and seasonal tunes with Nelson Starr – piano, Stu Weissman – guitar, Preston Brown – drums, Avery Weissman – bass, Craig Warner – vocal, Special guest Mark Filsinger – trumpet.

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Buffalo Jazz Collective Septet Holiday Celebration 

Sunday, December 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pmBuffalo History Museum Buffalo, NY United States + Google Map$12

Buffalo Jazz Collective Septet Holiday Celebration This third annual holiday celebration features jazz versions of holiday favorites arranged by septet members. Highlights for the concert include Bobby Militello singing on his arrangement of “The Christmas Song,”, new arrangements, and new group member Elliot Scozzaro. The celebration includes music by Sabu Adeyola, John Bacon, George Caldwell, Mark Filsinger, John Hasselback, Bobby Militello, and Elliot Scozzaro.

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Back by Popular Demand! A Jazzy Christmas With The Buffalo Dolls and The Ladies First Jazz Big Band at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series

Wednesday, December 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pmHotel Henry, Corner Rockwell Road and Cleveland Circle
Buffalo, NY 14213 United States + Google Map$15

Back By Popular Demand!!!!! A Jazzy Christmas With The Buffalo Dolls And The Ladies First Jazz Big Band!! Enjoy an evening of one of Buffalo’s favorite jazz big bands and the vocals of the retro Buffalo Dolls for an evening of jazzy Christmas music. This special production sold out – not once but twice – last year.  And, went on to win “Favorite Awards” in the annual JazzBuffalo Poll voted on by readers and fans!     The Ladies First…

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“Holiday Cookie Fest 2” at The Terrace at Delaware Park with music by Cortney Chyme

Saturday, December 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pmTerrace at Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States + Google Map$15

    Please join us Saturday, December 14th from 11am-3pm for the 2nd annual “Holiday Cookie Fest” at The Terrace in Delaware Park. Last Year this event sold out at the door but this year we are adding more space and will have a lot more hot chocolate made ready at arrival. Kids are Free! Adult Admission is $15 and includes Holiday Mug and Spirited Adult Beverage Kids Activities include cookie decorating Face Painting Shop and sample cookies and baked…

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Jazzy Christmas

Saturday, December 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm VFW Post 416, 18 East Spring Street
Williamsville, NY United States + Google Map$20

VFW 416 presents… Jazzy Christmas It’s gonna Jing-a-ling-ling all the way as The Buffalo Dolls and Ladies First Jazz Band swing the night away with your very favorite Christmas tunes from The Andrews Sisters, White Christmas and more! Jazzy Christmas with Ladies First Jazz and The Buffalo Dolls December 14, 2019, 7pm Tickets $20 Cash bar available Light refreshments – you can bring in your own snack trays. VFW Post 416 18 E. Spring Street Williamsville, NY 14221 The Ladies…

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Music Is Art Presents MOB: Musicians Of Buffalo 2019 Christmas Event.

Saturday, December 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pmTralf Music Hall, 622 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202 United States + Google Map$30

Music Is Art presents MOB Musicians Of Buffalo 2019 Christmas Event. Featuring Billy Sheehan, Jessie Galante, and Bobby Lebel. Guests include Miller and The Other Sinners, George Puleo, Mike Caputy, Michael Hund, Phil Naro, Sue Kincaid, Phil Sims MOB Horns. Proceeds to benefit Music Is Art charities.

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Holly Cole: Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pmRoyal Conservatory Koerner Hall Toronto, Canada + Google Map$50 – $100

“Christmas Time is Here!” Jazz songstress and Canadian icon Holly Cole will ensure that you “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Her legendary Christmas concert, full of much-loved standards alongside eclectic selections of songs, is a highlight of the holiday season! There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality, and sheer musicality. She takes tunes everybody thinks they know and…

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A Big Band Christmas Featuring The Easy Street Big Band

Sunday, December 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Elliott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150 United States + Google Map$12 – $17

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…

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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – A Latin Jazz Christmas (3 times Grammy® Nominee)

Sunday, December 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmGlenn and Awdry Flickinger Performing Arts Center, 1250 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14216 United States + Google Map$10 – $29

JazzBuffalo is excited to present 3 times Grammy® Nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album, Jane Bunnett, and Maqueque.  In the past few years, the groundbreaking all-women band, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have forged a path in presented the sounds of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz to the world.  The band consists of an ensemble of Cuban female performers creating a vibrant sound made magical by the soprano saxophone of Jane Bunnett. The ensemble received a Grammy® for their latest highly-acclaimed album,…

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Jingle Bell Jazz

Sunday, December 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmThe Aurora Theatre, 673 Main Street
East Aurora, NY 14052 United States + Google Map$20

Jingle Bell Jazz – a Holiday Fundraiser for Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight featuring The Buffalo Dolls and Ladies First Jazz with special guests Dan DeLano and Greg Hennessy performing your favorite Patriotic and Holiday Hits from “White Christmas” and more! Proceeds to benefit Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight and their mission to serve our Veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam on a Flight of Honor traveling to Washington, DC to see the monuments and thank them for their service. More information…

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MOBBB Big Band

Monday, December 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm|Recurring Event (See all)Sportsmen Tavern, 326 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207 United States + Google Map$15

Phil Sims, the founder of the Buffalo Brass Big Band, 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.  Performing on the last Monday of the month.  Then closing out the year Big Band Christmas Holiday Concert. Vocalist Katy Miner will be the featured vocalist for each MOBBB performance.

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Bobby Militello – Holiday Jazz

Thursday, December 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmExpo68 Art & Design, 4545 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221 United States + Google Map$15

You will not want to miss this special Holiday Concert! Enjoying a large range of musical styles, Bobby has merged his love for many types of music into his present style of bop. This, combined with his obvious ability to express emotion in his playing, makes for a unique sound and approach to playing the alto sax, tenor sax, flute, and soprano. Bobby has been on over 250 recordings and various television and film scores. As an added bonus, you…

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Brian Freeman and Friends

Friday, December 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pmTralf Music Hall, 622 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202 United States + Google Map$35

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party

Saturday, December 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pmReg Lenna Center for the Arts, 166 E. 3rd Street
Jamestown, NY 14701 United States + Google Map$5 – $45

For 26 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences around the world, while their unique and spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event. Singer and bandleader Scotty Morris says, “If you’re going to go to a holiday show with your family, this is the one! It really does offer something for everyone.” Drawing on a rich catalog of holiday classics and Christmas originals from…

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Katy Miner & Cabaret Big Band “A Jazz Christmas”

Sunday, December 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pmTralf Music Hall, 622 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202 United States + Google Map$27 – $32

The Cabaret Big Band Featuring Vocalist Katy Miner. The Cabaret Big Band originated in 2013 as part of MusicalFare Theater’s expansion of the Premier Cabaret Lounge. The Cabaret Big Band began with a production of a December Holiday show, which has become an annual tradition. The Cabaret Big Big Band has produced concerts such as Harold Arlen Tribute, a Cole Porter Tribute, an evening of The Music of Frank Sinatra, and Jazz On Broadway, which features great Broadway songs that…

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Don’t forget, in December, you’ll be able to find jazz at the Terrace at Delaware Park on Friday nights and Sunday brunch. At JazzBoline Restaurant, you will find jazz on Thursday Nights and Sunday brunch. And, also find during the lunch hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Sportsmen Tavern featuring the Joe Baudo Big Band and Joe Baudo Organ Quartet. All surely to play holiday jazz at various times.

There is bound to be more so check back occasionally to see if any new events have been added and always visit Upcoming Jazz for the latest listing of events. Enjoy your holidays with jazz!


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