Jazz in Buffalo: Our Community Mourns

(Photo by Jack Zuff: Long-time friends and collaborators, Jacob Jay and Dalton Sharp, will release their new album this Friday!)

Our community was met by an unspeakable force of evil and tragedy in last Saturday’s mass shooting.  We mourn for the victims and their families as well as our community.  Victims who must never be forgotten.  This morning, I was reminded of the scripture from Exodus 16:4 that reads: “The Lord said to Moses, I will rain down bread from heaven for you.”    And it has been so these past few days as food banks, WCK, and other organizations have rained down foods, counseling, and support in a community that lost its primary source of food shopping in the Tops location.  Our community will empower good to triumph over evil this summer.

As we begin our second season of Summer of Jazz, we’ll do all we can to celebrate our community as one united.  Choose love.

Featured Event

We celebrate one of our next generation’s new album releases this weekend featuring long-time friends and collaborators, Jacob Jay and Dalton Sharp. 

The Jay/Sharptet Album Release

Friday, May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Cave71 military road
Buffalo,NYUnited States
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Join the Jay/Sharptet for the release of their debut album For You (My Love) The Jay/Sharptet enjoys performing music with a focus on original compositions and arrangements. Inspired by ensembles such as the great Miles Davis Quintets they strive to approach every tune with a unique interpretation. Past performances include the Northwest Jazz Festival, the Queen City Jazz Festival, the CMC Jazz Festival, Babeville’s 9th Ward, and Pausa Art House. Jacob Jay is a professional trumpet player, educator, and composer…

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PLEASE SUPPORT: JazzBuffalo Benefit Concert 2022 

We have the opportunity to host fast-rising stars and it presents the opportunity to host a benefit for JazzBuffalo and our Keep Jazz Alive Fund.  This is a rare opportunity to see two rising stars and fabulous musicians up close and personal.  And, provide meaningful support to JazzBuffalo!

JazzBuffalo Benefit Concert 2022 Featuring Samara Joy and Pasquale Grasso

Thursday, June 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo,NY14202 United States
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You are invited to join us for a special benefit concert designed to raise funds to directly support the Buffalo region jazz scene.  The JazzBuffalo Keep Jazz Alive Fund has been instrumental in creating free jazz events each summer.  Events that help our talented musicians to perform and for our community to enjoy the richness of our premium arts and culture quality of life. Funds raised will continue to support such events and serve as a foundation for raising necessary…

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All-Star Jazz Band featuring Jazz Vocalist Andy James

Terrell Stafford, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Sheppard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Michael Dease, and more!  Need we say more?!

Andy James and Her All-Star Jazz Band: “Rhythm in New York”

Friday, June 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Seneca One Tower1 Seneca Street
Buffalo,NYUnited States
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Vocalist Andy James Celebrates One of the Greatest Cities in the World and the Mecca of Jazz! Las Vegas and LA-based jazz vocalist Andy James is excited to bring her all-star big band to Live at Seneca One to celebrate her new release, RHYTHM IN NEW YORK!  “Andy James’ sound is smoky & luxurious with every lush detail of the music carried out exquisitely”  – Riff Review A spectacular 10-member band featuring GRAMMY® Winners and Nominees and some of the…

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Samara Joy and Pasquale Grasso 

We are very excited to have not one but two of the fastest rising stars in the jazz world appearing together in our Live at Seneca One Series – in partnership with Seneca One!  Not to be missed!

Live at Seneca One I Samara Joy featuring the Pasquale Grasso Trio

Friday, June 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Seneca One Tower1 Seneca Street
Buffalo,NYUnited States
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2019 Winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition! With a voice as smooth as velvet, SAMARA JOY’s star seems to rise with each performance. Following her winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she is currently receiving rave reviews for her debut recording, which features Samara backed by the Pasquale Grasso Trio.  Growing up in New York, music was a pervasive presence, due to the inspiration of her paternal grandparents, Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, who led the…

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Check Upcoming Events At JazzBuffalo For Live Jazz

Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events section of JazzBuffalo.org for all the live jazz around town.  There is plenty of jazz happening throughout the city and the region!  In this newsletter, we tend to focus on our active partners.  We are getting amazing visits and events impossible to mention all here.  Go here for more events:

Upcoming Events: Live Stream And Live Events


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