Monty Alexander Brings The Sounds Of Freedom To The Bravo Niagara! Voices Of Freedom Festival

JazzBuffalo was invited to attend the Voice of Freedom Festival and the headliner concert performed by Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express.  Without a doubt, freedom rang loud and clear last night at the event presented by Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.  The […]

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On Firm Ground With The Third Incarnation of Jane Bunnett And Maqueque

Jane Bunnett’s enduring Maqueque project has been bringing a fresh new sound to jazz and Latin Jazz alike.  Garnering award-winning recognition along the way.  The ensemble released their third album this past September with new original songs and the introduction of new members of Maqueque.  What is evident is that their sound continues to evolve.  […]

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Dear Nina Collaboration Delivers A Moving Experience

(Photo credits: Jack Zuff) Do I move you?  A question asked by Drea D’Nur as we were well into the Dear Nina: A Sonic Love Letter To Nina Simone concert.  Drea was about to sing the bluesy Nina Simone song, Do I Move You, when she engaged the audience.  By that time, it was evident […]

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Dan Willis Visits Home Bearing Gifts Of Satie and Monk

Like many who return home for visits, the saxophonist Dan Willis, a native of Buffalo now residing in New York City, drove into town last night bearing gifts.  The gifts ranged from his reaching back to the years he left the area at the age of 24, to his arrangement of works by Satie, and […]

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Curtis Lundy and Wayne Escoffery Create A Euphoric Coltrane Celebration

(Photo Credits: Jack Zuff) Due to a computer glitch that meant several lights needed to stay on in the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium, it meant the lighting was brighter than usual for the Coltrane Celebration concert on Saturday, September 21. The concert and weekend celebration is presented by the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective […]

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Joe Ford and Nasar Abadey Bring Home The Spirit Of Coltrane

(Photo Credit: Jack Zuff) Family, love, spirit, healing, body, and soul.  All words used in an evening of music celebrating the birthdate and legacy of John Coltrane.  Words that aptly describe a night in which the Buffalo audience welcomed home two of its favorite sons – saxophonist Joe Ford and drummer Nasar Abadey.  The 4th […]

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Edmar Castaneda Trio Ends 2018-2019 Art Of Jazz Series On High Note Of Faith And Love

In a moving and electrifying performance, the Edmar Castaneda Trio mesmerized a sold-out audience at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series.  Joined by David Sillman on drums/percussion and Shlomi Cohen on soprano sax, the trio brought the audience to its feet for a closing rousing standing ovation. With much intrigue, the audience waited […]

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New Documentary Celebrates Jazz Advocate Ira Gitler

In February of this year, the jazz world lost one of its most prominent advocates. Ira Gitler, the pioneering author and concert promoter, left us on February 23, 2019. Gitler had a front row seat to the evolution of jazz for over six decades. Fostering a lifetime of jazz advocacy for the art of jazz […]

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Paul Marinaro Rekindles The Spirit Of Nat King Cole

When Paul Marinaro began planning a tribute to Nat King Cole for the illustrious star’s 100th Centennial Birthday celebration, he faced a seemingly insurmountable task.  How to choose from the hundreds of songs Cole recorded and performed over the course of his life as a pianist and singer? At the Bravo Niagara! Concert on Saturday, […]

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The Musical Journey Of Carla Bley

In 1953, Karen Borg from Oakland, CA, a young seventeen years old caught the jazz bug.  West coast cool jazz was in its inceptive days when she heard the music of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker.  The impact started a series of events that changed the history of jazz. Her mother, Emily Borg, was a […]

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