The 19th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival to be Presented by The Colored Musicians Club & Jazz Museum

Gerald Albright, Spyro Gyra, and Local Artists Set to Perform on July 29th in Lafayette Square

The 19th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival, proudly presented by The Colored Musicians Club and Jazz Museum, is set to take place in downtown Buffalo this summer. On July 29th, 2023, the festival will be held in front of the Downtown Erie County Public Library in Lafayette Square from 1 pm to 8 pm.

This year’s lineup features exciting headliners Gerald Albright and Spyro Gyra, along with captivating opening performances by Rod Bonner, The Damone Jackson Outcome, and the GLVT Love Xtreme Jazz Ensemble.

George Scott, the Event Coordinator of The Colored Musicians Club and Jazz Museum, expressed his excitement about the resurgence and growth the club has been experiencing, akin to the remarkable period in the 1960s. And for the renovations and new build that are in progress.

The festival will feature Gerald Albright, showcasing his exceptional skills in playing both saxophone and bass. In the 80s, he established himself as the consummate session and touring musician, collaborating with renowned artists such as Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Jr., Atlantic Starr, The Temptations, Maurice White, Les McCann, Teena Marie, the Winans, and Whitney Houston.

Also making a return for their second hometown visit in less than a year is Spyro Gyra, one of the most successful jazz fusion bands in the modern era, having been established in the mid-70s. They have enjoyed over 40 years at the top of the jazz fusion charts.

Rod Bonner, Damone Jackson Outcome, and GLVT Love Xtreme Jazz Ensemble will shine a spotlight on the emerging local jazz, jazz fusion, and smooth jazz talents helping to create a diverse and vibrant jazz scene.

Damone Jackson Outcome

Kenneth Peterson, CEO of The Colored Musicians Club and Jazz Museum, acknowledged jazz as the universal language of the “Queen City,” transcending race, class, and upbringing. The festival provides an opportunity to invite jazz fans to be a part of the club’s rich legacy while envisioning an exciting future for The Colored Musicians Club and Jazz Museum.

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