It was another spectacular night for the evolving JazzBuffalo book as we opened a new chapter with the first-ever Jazz in the Pan Am Room at the iconic The Terrace at Delaware Park! In this collaborative effort, we aimed to bring a “dinner and a show” opportunity for the Buffalo community. Thanks to the perseverance and support of co-owner Jason Davidson, a new stage complete with sound and lighting as well as a baby grand piano was used for the first time.
We welcomed jazz vocalist Ann Mitchell from Rochester and the Central Region of New York State to provide the inaugural performance on the Pan Am stage. What a performance it was! Accompanied by two superb musicians, John Gabriele on piano and Kyle Vock on bass, Mitchell and the trio treated the audience to a repertoire of jazz classics sung by many of the greats such as Peggy Lee and Judy Garland. Audience favorites included songs such as “I Wish You Love”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “I Remember You”, and many more.
Ann Mitchell’s animated stage presence, a product of her musical theater background, warmly engaged the audience. While a new face and voice in these parts, the audience quickly embraced Ann’s and the trio’s enthusiastic performance. Including captivating solos by Gabriele and Vock that received applause each time. Judging by the standing ovation from the audience, it is evident the Ann Mitchell Jazz Trio will be welcomed back to Buffalo.
Certainly a welcoming beginning to Jazz in the Pan Am Room. We are looking forward to bringing to you more jazz in this new “room.” (Next up, is the Dale Toliver Band on Saturday, November 13th at 7 pm.)
Jack Zuff, JazzBuffalo’s contributing photographer, was on hand to once again capture the special evening. Enjoy this remarkable gallery of photographs by Jack!