12 National Jazz Live Streams To Watch This Weekend (July 9 – July 13)

Digital jazz live streams are falling into a weekly groove for jazz artists. Affording us a silver lining opportunity to discover new and fabulous jazz artistry across the country. For the full listing of jazz live streams happening this weekend as well as the next week and beyond, view on JazzBuffalo’s Upcoming Events. Here are […]

Read More…

James Brandon Lewis Voted Rising Star Winner In 2020 Downbeat Critic’s Poll

James Brandon Lewis, since leaving his hometown of Buffalo, has risen in the jazz world as an emerging saxophonist of note. Lewis is usually noted for his ability to reach into the past of influences by Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman while crafting a unique improvisational sound that is modern and futuristic. In […]

Read More…

Downbeat Announce 68th Annual Critic’s Poll Winners

The 68th Annual Downbeat Critic’s Poll was announced on July 6 and one of the big winners was bandleader, drummer, a civil advocate Terri Lynne Carrington. Carrington made history by becoming the first female instrumentalist to win the prestigious Jazz Artist of the year category. Additionally, her recent album release, Waiting Game, received the most […]

Read More…

A Picturesque Start To The Hotel Henry Summer Jazz Series

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When thinking about how to convey the start of the Hotel Henry Summer Jazz Concert Series hosted by JazzBuffalo, this old adage comes to mind. Viewed from a distance and collectively from the Forest Avenue side of the Hotel Henry and the south lawn of Richardson-Olmsted […]

Read More…

Jazz At Home: Filling The Air With Jazz

(Photo Credit: Jack Zuff) We should not forget that we are still in the midst and throes of a devasting global pandemic.  New York State’s admirable turnaround has been well-received and enables reopening.  As we move to jazz outdoors, it should come with the constant reminder that we maintain physical distancing as well as mask-wearing […]

Read More…

12 Jazz Live Streams To Watch This Weekend (July 2 – July 5)

This week’s available jazz live streams fall over the July 4th holiday weekend. While there may not be as many live streams, there will be very good ones. For the full listing of jazz live streams happening this weekend as well as the next week and beyond, view on JazzBuffalo’s Upcoming Events. Here are 12 […]

Read More…

3 Outdoor Weekly Live Jazz Series To Enjoy This Pandemic Summer

As we enter Phase 4 of reopening here in New York State and WNY, there is hope for enjoying outdoor live jazz this summer. While indoors will be challenging with plenty of ambiguity on how to proceed, we are fortunate to have outdoor options. Options that include following guidelines related to social distancing and the […]

Read More…

Freddy Cole Was “The Tops” For Many Jazz Fans

“Freddy Cole? He’s the tops, mate! The very tops!” When I first learned of the passing of vocalist/pianist Freddy Cole on Sunday at the age of 88, this quote immediately popped into my head, as it did over the past nearly three decades whenever I saw Freddy’s name or heard him sing.  With Cole’s passing, […]

Read More…

Ella Fitzgerald Documentary, “Ella: Just One of Those Things,” Is Worth Watching

The 2019 documentary about the life of the iconic Ella Fitzgerald has made its way to the United States and to the WNY region.  Ella: Just One of Those Things is available virtually through an arrangement with The Screening Room and its virtual cinema. The film is directed by Leslie Woodhead and produced by Reggie […]

Read More…

Jazz Pianist And Vocalist Freddy Cole Has Died At The Age Of 88

Jazz pianist and vocalist Freddy Cole has died at the age of 88. Born in 1931 in Chicago, he called Atlanta home for the last 48 years. Cole passed on the evening of June 27, 2020. Freddy Cole was the younger brother of his famous sibling, Nat King Cole.  He was the youngest of five children, 12 […]

Read More…