JazzBuffalo will host 7 concerts in conjunction with Smithsonian National Museum of American History and UNESCO International Jazz Day. Each year, one iconic jazz legend is selected to be the figure of a month-long celebration. This year’s choice iconic performer is Ella Fitzgerald.
Jazz Buffalo will be hosting the Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day events. In association with Pausa Art House, seven concerts will be held throughout the month, featuring talented jazz artists from the region.
The concert line-up kicks off Saturday, April 1 with a special presentation of the Blue Note 8:
- A concert by The Blue Note 8 celebrating the music of Blue Note Records on Saturday, April 1st. The music of Horace Silver, Jackie Mclean, John Coltrane, Grant Green, and more.
- On Saturday, April 8, the Dave Schiavone/Joe Brancato Quartet will present original music from their highly-acclaimed CD, Hidden Treasures.
- On Saturday, April 15, the Ladies First Jazz Combo will celebrate Women in Jazz.
- Saturday, April 22 is the birthday of the legendary bassist Charles Mingus and the band, What Would Mingus Do?, will celebrate his birthday music from Mingus and original compositions.
- On Saturday, April 29 jazz pianist Doug “Trigger” Gaston with a quartet will perform a retrospective on the jazz piano great Erroll Garner.
- On Thursday, April 27th, in a special concert, the Katy Miner Quintet will hold a 100th Birthday Celebration that pays homage to the featured JAM artist of this year, Ella Fitzgerald.
The month, commonly referred to as JAM, culminates with a special event honoring International Jazz Day on Sunday, April 30th to be held at Pausa Art House from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Scheduled to perform for the International Jazz Day event are:
- The Hot Club of Buffalo
- My Cousin Tone’
- Buffalo Brass Machine
- The French ConeXion
- Harry Graser
- Katy Miner
- Carmina Suzanne
The IJD event will take on an international flavor with gypsy jazz, European influence, traditional New Orleans, and mainstream ensemble jazz. The IJD event is free to attend, as part of Jazz Appreciation in America, which was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Donations will be accepted that will be earmarked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MS Walk scheduled for May 6 at Canalside.
The month of April represents an opportunity for all of us in the Buffalo jazz community to fully participate in these national and international jazz events. These concerts and the International Jazz Day celebration will contribute towards keeping jazz alive in our community, support brotherly and sisterly UNITY amongst us, and lend a helping hand to finding a cure for MS, an affliction that affects many throughout the world.
Keep Jazz Alive!!