Jazz Events Upended As Jazz Stays Home

Updates From JazzBuffalo On Postponements And More

To say our lives have been upended or turned upside down is not descriptive enough for what we are all experiencing.   Heeding to dire calls, we have had to slam the brakes on social gatherings in order to follow local, state, and federal guidelines to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

This includes a dramatic effect on jazz events throughout the region.  In addition, the impact upon the venues supporting jazz events has been significant.  From restaurants to theaters, many are affected – including employees and musicians alike. 

In this JazzBuffalo article, we hope to address several topics on the mind of many. 

What JazzBuffalo events are canceled or postponed?

Here is an update on several JazzBuffalo events:

  • All weekend events related to Jazz and Cocktail Nights (Friday/Saturday nights) and JazzBrunch Sundays at the Terrace at Delaware Park are on hold.
  • All Thursday Night Jazz and Sunday Brunch events at JazzBoline are on hold.
  • The next Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 is canceled/postponed.  The tribute to Ella Fitzgerald will be rescheduled for later in the year.
  • The next 1st Saturday Jazz Brunch at The Hollow Bistro and Brew scheduled for Saturday, April 4 is now canceled/postponed.  The brunch featuring George Caldwell will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • The JazzBuffalo Premier Series concert with Tierney Sutton scheduled for Sunday, March 29 has been canceled.  Ticket holders will receive an update soon. 
  • A decision has been made to cancel the performance by Las Vegas-based pianist Mike Jones at MusicalFare Theatre Premier Cabaret Lounge scheduled for Saturday, April 18.  If possible, we will reschedule the performance for later in the year.  Ticket holders will receive updates from MusicalFare Theatre.
  • The Taste of Jazz Fundraiser for the Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY scheduled for Sunday, April 19th is postponed. The hope is to schedule in the June timeframe.

What about all the other jazz events listed on JazzBuffalo?

Musicians, groups, venues, and organizations are encouraged to notify JazzBuffalo of any cancellations or postponements respective to their jazz events.  Given the recent guidelines, it can be assumed that many events falling within the timeframes indicated in the guidelines are canceled or postponed.

How can I support the JazzBuffalo partners in this time of a public health crisis?

All of our partners will be feeling a severe pinch at this time.  Please confirm and support the following for takeout food orders.:

  • Terrace at Delaware Park – call 716-886-0089
  • JazzBoline – call 716-839-2220
  • Hollow Bistro and Brew – call 716-759-7351.  The restaurant is offering curbside pickup for lunch and dinner.  Menus can be viewed at www.thehollowclarence.com
  • Hotel Henry – 100 Acres The Kitchens – call 716-882-1970
  • Thin Man Brewery at Chandler – 716-393-4353

Please support:

What about live streaming jazz events?

There are a few thoughts related to organizing and live streaming jazz events:

  • Local jazz artists are encouraged to schedule live stream jazz events and list them on JazzBuffalo as events (use the Submit Your Event link)
  • Live streaming your music should be done from your home and remain a very small gathering of either solo performances or reasonable gatherings of no more than a trio or quartet with no audience
  • While the few fundraising efforts to organize and live stream events at public places are commendable, at this time due to the rapidly changing guidelines and safety needed, it is encouraged to consider this option for a later date

How can I support JazzBuffalo at this time?

JazzBuffalo will be looking at different ways to support audiences and musicians in this time of a public health crisis.  Here are a few ways you can support JazzBuffalo:

  • If you are a jazz musician, schedule live jazz streaming through JazzBuffalo.  Submit the event via JazzBuffalo’s Submit Your Event function and provide information on how audiences can support you.
  • JazzBuffalo is actively seeking authors to write stories and provide audio or video content.  If you have had the wish to write about jazz in general or on a specific topic, now is a good time.  We seek creative ideas on how we can provide to audiences, many staying home, with entertaining and informative content. (Contact us here: JazzBuffalo Contact)
  • JazzBuffalo has made substantial investments in the website, supporting local jazz musicians by creating local opportunities to perform, and bringing international jazz stars to Buffalo.  Please consider supporting JazzBuffalo by becoming an ongoing monthly Patron at https://www.patreon.com/JazzBuffalo

In the next few weeks and going forward, JazzBuffalo will adjust to the current environment we find ourselves in together.  Our goals remain the same:

  • To be an integral part of the arts and cultural community
  • Serve audiences and support musicians
  • Build awareness and appreciation for jazz and music in general

We have learned, through the journey many of you have taken with JazzBuffalo, that through the power of community we can accomplish much.  In trying times like we are experiencing, we can and will make our community stronger.   

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