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Live on the Lawn at Carnegie Art Center

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$12 – $15

Trigger & The Sermon Organ Jazz Quartet

Thursday, July 7, 6-8PM

$12 Member Rate
$15 Non Member Rate 


Band Members:

Douglas Trigger Gaston – Organ
Greg Millar – Lead & Rythem Guitar
Tim Clarke – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Benjamin Clyburn – Drums & Vocals


“Trigger & The Sermon” is a Soulful Jazz Quartet: providing strong original compositions, along with some of your favorite covers.

Learn more about the band in this news article:

Mark Filsinger Chamber Big Band

Thursday July 21, 6-8PM 

$15 Member Rate
$20 Non Member Rate


Band Members:

Elliot Scozzaro – alto sax
Andy Weinzler – tenor sax
Harry Fackelman – bari sax
Charlie Carr – trumpet
Dennis Tribuzzi – trumpet
Mark Filsinger – trumpet, composer, arranger
John Hasselback, Jr. – trombone
Rick Fleming – trombone
Harry Graser – piano
Alec Safy – bass
John Bacon – drums


The Mark Filsinger Chamber Big Band is a jazz ensemble that includes 11 of the top jazz musicians from Western New York. The group performs Filsinger’s original compositions and arrangements of jazz and American Songbook standards. The music combines elements of the big band and small group jazz traditions with weaving bebop lines, intricate counterpoint, soaring shout choruses, and plenty of space for soloists. For this performance, the group will play selections from their debut album, Groovin’ High that was released on Buffalo Jazz Collective Records in April 2022.

John Hasselback III Quintet

Thursday, August 4, 6-8PM 

$12 Member Rate
$15 Non Member Rate 


Band Members:

John Hasselback III – Trumpet
John Hasselback – Trombone
Lisa Hasselback – Piano
Lee Wolf – Bass
Ryan Barski – Drums


Buffalo New York native John Hasselback III is quickly establishing himself as a lyrical trumpet soloist and composer in New York City’s vibrant jazz scene. Hasselback’s colorful sound is thoroughly informed by the lineage of jazz trumpet tradition, combining the sounds of yesterday with the sounds of tomorrow. “If one is known by the company he keeps, that’s a rather persuasive frame of reference. Hasselback wrote every number save one, the standard “Body and Soul,” showing from start to finish a keen ear for enticing bop-inspired melodies and rhythms. He plays as he writes, laying bare an affinity for such hard-blowing forebears as Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Blue Mitchell, Roy Hargrove and other legends on whose shoulders he stands.” 4 stars – Jack Bowers, All about Jazz . “John Hasselback III comes from a familiar family name of jazz artists. No doubt, carrying an innate sensibility in the artistry of music and jazz. After a few pivotal years of pursuing the master craftsmanship of jazz trumpet, composing, and arranging, he has elevated from innateness to uniqueness.” – Tony Zambito, Jazz Buffalo

Star People

Thursday, August 18, 6-8PM

$12 Member Rate
$15 Non Member Rate 


About & Band Members: 

The group Star People began as an ensemble dedicated to performing music from Miles Davis’ extensive catalog. They’re known for electrifying and exhilarating performances that feature tight arrangements and exploratory improvisations. The music, musicians and audience create a synergy that makes Star People performances an unparalleled musical experience.  The group’s current repertoire includes music from all of the musicians within Miles’ sphere including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and others. Repertoire for this performance will include well known selections from the Bebop years, Cool Jazz, Miles Davis’ best-selling Jazz records “Kind of Blue” and “In a Silent Way”, music from the beautiful and melodic late fusion album “Amandla” and newer repertoire including music of Woody Shaw, George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley.

Star People is composed of some of the Western New York area’s finest jazz musicians including Bobby Militello (saxophone and flute) veteran of the Maynard Ferguson and Dave Brubeck bands and George Caldwell (piano)  Grammy winner with the Count Basie Orchestra. Tim Clarke the area’s most versatile trumpet player, Andy  Weinzler a powerhouse of the tenor saxophone, creative double bassist Joe Goehle and leader and multi-award winning drummer John Bacon complete the ensemble. Every time this group performs, they create a unique and  exhilarating one-time event. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the best in Jazz that Western New York has to  offer.

Thursday, Sept 1, 6-8PM
The Buffalo Jazz Collective presents Jazz Impressions: “Jazz at the Movies”

$15 Member Rate
$17 Non Member Rate 


Band Members:
Mark Filsinger / trumpet
Bobby Militello / alto saxophone, flute
Elliot Scozzaro / tenor saxophone, flute
John Hasselback / trombone
Nick Weiser / piano
Joe Goehle / bass
John Bacon / drums

Jazz and the movies have had a long and loving relationship. Bessie Smith’s movie “St. Louis Blues” and the Duke Ellington “short” “Black and Tan Fantasy” are early examples of jazz tunes inspiring the narrative of moving images. Many films utilized jazz scores including film adaptations of musical theatre like “West Side Story”, the dark 1958 classic “I Want to Live” and the groundbreaking Brazilian themed romantic tragedy on the Orpheus myth “Black Orpheus”. In addition Jazzmusicians’ reinterpretations of movie music allow them to connect with audiences by performing well crafted songs that their audiences know and love. The ensemble has arranged music from “The Wizard of Oz”, “West Side Story”, “The King and I”, “Black Orpheus” and other classic movies.

Autumn Leaves: Elliot Scozzaro Sextet

Thursday, Sept 15, 6-8PM 

 $12 Member Rate
$15 Non Member Rate 


Band Members:

Elliot Scozzaro / alto saxophone
Mark Filsinger / trumpet
Brendan Lanighan / trombone
Jared Tinkham / guitar
Paul LaDuca / bass
Jacobo Vega-Albela / drums


Join us as we welcome Autumn in Buffalo by featuring Autumn-themed standards and compositions, including music by George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Benny Carter, Horace Silver, and more!

  • Please bring your own chairs or blankets to the shows.
  • We are partnering with Webster’s Bistro to provide delicious food for each show.
  • We will email you the link to order food and drinks after you purchase tickets to the shows.
  • We will NOT have additional food at the event. Food must be pre-ordered.
  • We will have bottled water on site for $1 each.
  • The lawn and the Carnegie Art Center building are both ADA accessible.
  • There is access to bathrooms in the Carnegie Art Center.
  • Free parking is available on Goundry Street right in front of the building and in our large parking lot.
  • Rain dates will be scheduled and announced if needed.
  • Each show starts at 6PM. Most of the shows will have a break in the middle, then end at 8PM.
  • We are ensuring that every participating musician is paid for their time and efforts.


Thursday, September 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$12 – $15


Carnegie Art Center
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Carnegie Art Center
240 Goundry St
North Tonawanda, NY 14120 United States
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(716) 694-4400
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