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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Tia Brazda Shines In A Swinging Show At Hotel Henry

Tia Brazda came to Buffalo and brought with her the unique sassy and jazz-pop entertainment that has made her a hit in Canada.  Her voice echoes the past with shades of Billie Holiday and currently with the stylistic semblance to Madeline Peyroux.  Joining singers like Cyrille Aimee and others who can do “retro” well.  Brazda […]

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The Joe Policastro Trio Present A Memorable Experience In Jazz Originality

The Joe Policastro Trio arrived in Buffalo from Chicago on Sunday, November 11.  As part of their two-week tour, they are crisscrossing the region and Canada.  Revisiting previous album projects and providing a sneak preview of their upcoming release of new originals.  The show they performed at Pausa Art House continues to demonstrate why their […]

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Master Gypsy Jazz Guitarist Stephane Wrembel Delivers Jewels Of Django Reinhardt To Buffalo

For many beyond the loyal enthusiast fans of gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, they may have not known that they were already familiar with his music.  Most are familiar with Woody Allen’s hit film, Midnight in Paris.  The beautiful music in that film is that of Stephane Wrembel.  And, he put his passion for Django […]

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Award-Winning Jazz Pianist Sullivan Fortner to Kick Off the Art of Jazz on November 17

The 2018–19 Art of Jazz Series will present the first regional concert by piano sensation Sullivan Fortner, winner of the America Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship, and his trio at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Saturday, November 17, at 8 pm. Series producer Bruce Eaton will host a pre-concert discussion, “Raise Up Off Me,” on […]

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Benny Green Releases “Then And Now” Featuring Veronica Swift And It Is A Beauty

For many of us in the WNY Region, a most memorable highlight of the year was the riveting performance of the Benny Green Trio featuring jazz vocalist Veronica Swift at the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY this past August.  A delightful concert that showcased the hard-swinging style of Benny Green.   And, the beyond-her-years vocal prowess […]

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Bobby Previte’s Rhapsody Takes Audience On A Musical Journey

Rhapsody Cover

Simply stated, Bobby Previte’s Rhapsody is a listening experience. Meant to be about travel, this was a musical movement.  That began with accessible melodies, some turbulence, and then back to accessible melodies.  Unlike a concert, there is no stoppage between songs.  It is like a train ride from one city to another.  Continuous movement.  Looking […]

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JazzTracks Volume 1: Northwest Jazz Festival Performers

Elio Villafranca

Today, JazzBuffalo presents the first article and volume of JazzTracks.  Periodically, JazzBuffalo will offer insight into jazz tracks from jazz artists and jazz albums.  We will look at tunes from the past, visiting jazz artists, local jazz artists, recent releases, and certain styles of jazz.  In this first volume, we take a look at some […]

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