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 […]

Read More…

Joe Lovano Debuts Intimate Beauty Of Trio Tapestry

The Grammy Award Winning composer, arranger, and jazz saxophonist, Joe Lovano, debuted the first live performance of his new major works with ECM Records, Trio Tapestry, on Sunday, January 27.  The concert, held at Albright-Knox Art Gallery as part of the Art of Jazz Series, was the trio’s first-ever outing since the Trio Tapestry album […]

Read More…

Drea d’Nur Delivers Emotive Performance To Captivated Audience

A spectacular night of jazz took place at MusicalFare Theater Premier Cabaret Lounge as vocalist Drea d’Nur enraptured the audience. Braving the storm, a full capacity were treated to Drea’s magical tribute to Nina Simone, presented by JazzBuffalo. Backed by Toney Rhodes on piano, Jerry Livingston on bass, and Carl “Flute” Johnson on drums, the […]

Read More…

An Epic Musical Tribute To Roy Hargrove At Jazz At Lincoln Center

The Roy Hargrove Memorial Musical Celebration will go down as one of the most historic gatherings of musical artists in jazz history.  A roster of Jazz Titans to Rising Stars graced the stage of the Rose Theater at the Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City.  All intent on pouring out heartfelt notes of […]

Read More…

Joe Lovano “Trio Tapestry”: AKG Art Of Jazz Series Is First Concert For New Album

Joe Lovano arrives for a much-anticipated appearance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series on Sunday, January 27th.  The prolific saxophonist makes Buffalo his first album-release concert for a new project with EMC entitled Trio Tapestry. The album is scheduled for release on January 25th and the concert will be the first live […]

Read More…

25 Favorite Jazz Albums Of 2018

The year 2018 unfolded with a multitude of recordings well-deserving of acclaim.  From the release of lost tracks from John Coltrane to continued excellence by many jazz artists.  In this article, we take a favorite point of view as opposed to a “best of” critic point of view.  There a few favorites, however, that did […]

Read More…

First Listen: New “At The Club” Live Recording Of Freddie Hubbard Is Magnificent!

A new live recording of Freddie Hubbard is about to be released.  Jazz enthusiast should take note. The album/CD to be released on December 21st can very well be a great addition to your collection of jazz albums. Ernie Garside is a man who has been involved with jazz for over 60 years.  A trumpeter […]

Read More…

7 New Historical Jazz Collections That Will Make Great Holiday Gifts

With the advent of digital music streaming, it may seem the idea of jazz collections and box sets may not be as popular as in years past.  However, this may be a special year.  With some holiday gift jazz collections ideas for the discriminating jazz lover who will cherish such possessions. What makes these great […]

Read More…

The 2019 Grammy Nominations In Jazz Are Announced

The 2019 61st Grammy Nominations have been announced Friday, December 7th and they include those in the Jazz Categories.  There are returning nominees from previous years and some newcomers.  Well-deserved ambitious projects were also recognized.  Nominations include recordings released between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018. Notables include Elio Villafranca for Cinqué, which was an […]

Read More…

Sullivan Fortner Trio Dazzles Audience For Art Of Jazz Kick Off

The Sullivan Fortner Trio kicked off the Albright-Knox Art of Jazz Series Saturday evening (November 17, 2018) in stellar fashion.  Fortner led a first-class trio featuring two highly-acclaimed jazz artists in Ameen Saleem on upright bass and Winard Harper on drums.  Evidenced from the first tune was Fortner’s technical capabilities on piano.  Which were dazzling. […]

Read More…