One often-missed fact about living in Buffalo is summer nights can be downright incredible. We had two of those incredible nights this past Thursday and Friday for the Hotel Henry Summer Jazz Series presented by JazzBuffalo. Not only with clear skies but also riveting jazz music. The skies, music, and the locale of the Hotel Henry and Richardson-Olmsted Park providing a setting to uplift our spirits this pandemic summer.
On Thursday, we were entertained by the Thomas Marinaro Quartet. Thomas is an up and coming saxophonist with unbounded energy reminiscent of the Phil Woods and Richie Cole style of playing. He was like a racehorse at the starting gate when it came to starting time. Having missed four months of active performing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thomas blazed into play familiar jazz standards accompanied by Mark Marinaccio on keyboards, Paul LaDuca on bass, and Tim Webb on drums.
On Friday, the gypsy jazz quartet known as The Paper Roses led by Tyler Westcott put on a fabulous performance. Taking the time to pay homage to Django Reinhardt and giving the audience historical perspectives on the songs they were performing. The quartet featured Tyler Westcott on guitar/vocals, Sean McNamara on guitar/vocals, Brendan Gosson on violin, and Patrick Johnson on upright bass. And, including a special guest on Mandolin.
Many thanks to those who cooperated in making sure we were socially distanced and wearing masks. Great sound once again by Mark Percy and William Ross. And, much thanks to the fantastic partnership with the Hotel Henry.
The contributions/donations to the “Keep Local Live Jazz Music Alive Fund” are greatly appreciated. We could not produce this community-oriented event without your support!
Our resident contributor to JazzBuffalo, photographer Jack Zuff, was on hand once again. Check out his superb gallery of photos!
Thursday – Thomas Marinaro Quartet
Friday – The Paper Roses