2019 Northwest Jazz Festival Peace Garden Stage To Spotlight Contemporary Female Jazz Artists And Vocalists

In the Greater Buffalo and Niagara, we are fortunate to have a growing availability of female jazz artists and jazz vocalists to enjoy. Offering a variety of musical styles. The 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival will present a line up of contemporary young female jazz artists and vocalists in the serene Peace Garden located off of […]

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2019 Northwest Jazz Festival Center Street Stage To Feature Diverse Line Up of Youth, Fusion, Crossover, and Straight-Ahead Jazz

After several years as the Rising Stars Stage, the stage at the opposite end of Center Street has been renamed Center Street Stage.  The name change is designed to reflect the changing diverse nature of jazz that exist in the region.  The 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival will present a diverse line up of youth, fusion, […]

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Roberta Gambarini’s Limited Edition Album, “Dedications”, Honors Ella Fitgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae

This past spring, Roberta Gambarini embarked on a tour throughout Japan.  A country that has fallen in love with the jazz vocalist from Turin, Italy.  The tour was dedicated to Michiko Hirayama, Gambarini’s vocal teacher for 20 years.  Hirayama was a legendary soprano in the world of classical music and beyond.  Before leaving for Japan, […]

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Monty Alexander To Release New Album Dedicated To The Music Of Thelonious Monk August 23rd

On August 23rd of this year, Monty Alexander will release a major new project and album dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk.  Entitled “WAREIKA HILL – RASTAMONK VIBRATIONS”, the project represents a lifetime of inspiration and appreciation for the music of Thelonious Monk on the part of Monty Alexander.  The album, several years in […]

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Northwest Jazz Festival Announces 2019 Lineup For Four Stages

At the Taste of Jazz Fundraiser taking place on sunday, March 31st, the Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY announces its lineup of local and regional performers for its 2019 and 17th Annual Jazz Festival.  Recently, the festival announced its lineup for the Main Headliner Stage to include Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express, Roberta Gambarini, […]

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Ralph Fava To Be Honored At 2019 Northwest Jazz Festival In Historic Lewiston, NY

In honor of one of the Greater Buffalo/Niagara’s beloved jazz contributors in the last few decades, the Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY will honor jazz guitarist Ralph Fava.  Fava, founder of the Lockport Music Center and first-call guitarist for many celebrity performers who performed in the area, died in October of 2018 after […]

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Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY Announces Main Stage Headliners for 2019

The Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY announces the lineup of Main Stage Headliner performers for 2019.    The Jazz Festival, scheduled on Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th will present top international and North American jazz artists including Monty Alexander, Roberta Gambarini, Mike Jones, Carol Welsman, Nicki Parrot, Aimée Allen, and Lucia Jackson. […]

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A Saturday Downpour Of Great Local Jazz At The Northwest Jazz Festival

A couple of brief rain showers could not dampen the spirits of the audiences taking in many of the outstanding local jazz talents at the Northwest Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 24th.  A mix of orchestras, guitar duos, vocalists, and ensembles had people wearing out walking shoes as they mixed among four stages.  Some enjoying […]

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Elio Villafranca And Jass Syncopators Make History At Northwest Jazz Festival

On Saturday evening, August 25th, the audience at the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY welcomed the noted Cuban-born pianist, composer, and arranger, Elio Villafranca.   The ensemble called the Jass Syncopators included some of the biggest names in jazz to have ever taken the Northwest Jazz Festival stage for a headlining performance.  The venerable alto saxophonist Vincent […]

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3 Superlative Performances Highlight Saturday Afternoon Main Stage Concerts At Northwest Jazz Festival

Nick Finzer

Saturday afternoon (August 25th) brought to the Main Stage of the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY a homecoming with superb musicianship and two groups of emerging jazz stars that left audiences wanting more. Despite a brief period of rain that scattered the audience under trees, the groups made it impossible for any to leave the […]

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