Jazz In Town: Fall Into Jazz

(Photo by Jack Zuff:  Alex McArthur who will appear in a live stream with George Caldwell.) As our seasons tend to do in our region, it seems like summer has come to an abrupt end.  And, with it, several of the outdoor jazz we were fortunate to experience.  Thank you to all who supported JazzMondays […]

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Frankie Dunlop: Monk’s Drummer – Part 4

Musically, shortly after leaving Monk, Dunlop signed with Atlantic Records. In 1964, Frankie recorded several rather commercial singles under this own leadership, Frankie Dunlop & His Orchestra, including Latin Twist, Lowdown Waltz, and Uptown Downtown.  He freelanced on some small group recordings with Mose Allison, Sonny Rollins, and bassist Richard Davis. The Davis album, The […]

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Frankie Dunlop: Monk’s Drummer – Part 3

The story of Thelonious Monk’s engagement at the Five Spot in the summer of 1957 has entered into jazz lore as possibly the most consequential club engagement in the history of jazz, bringing together Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane and serving to rapidly propel both careers forward. But Frankie Dunlop’s very short role in it […]

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Jazz In Town: Do Not Miss Summer Jazz Winding Down

(Photo by Jack Zuff:  Photo of saxophonist Dalton Sharp.  The Jay/Sharp Trio will be at JazzBoline this Sunday for the return of Sunday Jazz Brunch.) Outdoor summer jazz is starting to wind down as it always does in the month of September.  We will be on a week-by-week basis for the remaining outdoor jazz.  We’ll […]

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Frankie Dunlop: Monk’s Drummer – Part 2

Buffalo, by virtue of its large and growing Black population as well as its geographic location- about halfway between New York City and Chicago, 200 miles from Cleveland and 90 miles from Toronto, Canada-  was a frequent destination for the nationally known big bands as well as small groups playing “the new thing,” bebop.  Nothing, […]

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Donny Frauenhofer Draws From The Spirit In New Single Release

Living through the times of the coronavirus pandemic has found many of us in moments of isolation. Staying at home during the spring and staying physically distant as much as possible this summer when outdoors. Causing us at times to feel alone yet knowing that you are in community with others. Donny Frauenhofer, one of […]

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Frankie Dunlop: Monk’s Drummer – Part 1

Frankie Dunlop’s parents to be, William (Willie) Dunlop and his wife, a very pregnant Jessie and their two children, Helen and Boyd Lee had arrived in Buffalo, New York from Winston Salem, N.C. sometime in 1928. In Winston Salem, both parents had been working in the burgeoning tobacco industry for R.J. Reynolds. They were part […]

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Jazz In Town: Labor Day Jazz

(Photo: DeeAnn DiMeo performs tonight.  Photo by Jack Zuff.) We enter Labor Day weekend with the hope that some of the experimentation of jazz music during this most unfortunate pandemic summer can live on.  Uncertainty lies ahead for the fall and winter yet we will be seeking creative means to keep jazz alive. Many thanks […]

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Jazz In Town: Bird Lives!

(Photo: This month we celebrate the 100th birthday of Charlie “Bird” Parker. A rare color photo of Parker.) It is most unfortunate that we have had to suspend the Hotel Henry Summer Jazz Series.  While we support the overarching goal to keep the coronavirus infection rate low and to protect the lives of many, it […]

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A Change In Rules Leaves Out The Audience

At JazzBuffalo, the steadfast belief has been that if we can do what is good for the audience, then what is good for musicians and venues will follow. During the past five years, we have many instances where this has been borne out. Since March at the onset of the pandemic, we have tried our […]

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