Sunday, July 23, 2017

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week, 7/23/2017

Hello friends.  Some things don’t change, even after a four year layoff.  True to habit, here is your invitation to this week’s musical festivities, though a bit late for tomorrow’s gigs…

Sunday, 7/23 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery 2:00 - 4:00

Don Rice, tenor saxophone     Joe Rozler, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     yours truly, drum set
The following is not a typo: This will be the 27th consecutive Art Gallery appearance by the remarkable Don Rice.  The man is ageless.  But for Don, this year’s performance is bittersweet.  For the first time in all of those 27 years, he cannot enjoy the company and goodwill of his childhood friend, Stan Lipsey.  Don & Stan grew up only minutes apart in Omaha, Nebraska, and they remained friends for life.  This will be an emotional concert performance by Don, indeed.  But be appraised, the gig is on, rain or shine.  The plan is to move the performance into the Art Gallery auditorium should the rains cancel our outdoor plans.

Sunday, 7/23 at the Olcott Jazz Trail     6:00 - 8:00

Pat La Barbera, tenor saxophone     Bob Sneider, guitar     Bobby Jones, piano     Danny Vitale, bass     dh, drum set
The above isn’t a typo either.  The legendary Pat La Barbera is in performance on the Olcott shores of Lake Ontario…  And consider that this band would be smoking were maestro La Barbera not on the gig!  We all know who Bobby Jones is.  We’re simply blessed that he chooses to render his musicality in his native Niagara Frontier.  Bob Sneider is not native to Western New York, but his teaching responsibilities at the renown Eastman School has him living and playing music among us.  And Danny Vitale is a product of a rich Rochester jazz tradition.  Here’s a bit of a back story: When I called Bob Sneider about this gig, I asked him who he likes on tenor.  He said, “Get La Barbera!”  I said, “That’s a (expletive) great idea!  But I don’t have his contact info.”  Story shortened: Bob sounds Pat.  Pat books the gig.  But what clinched the deal?  According to Bob Sneider, Pat loves Danny Vitale’s pulse.  A drummer’s embarrassment of riches…  And like the Art Gallery, the Olcott Jazz Trail is also a rain or shine event.  Pack an umbrella and dig the day.

Tuesday, 7/25 at the Amherst Anchor Bar     7:30 - 10:30
Michael T. Jones
Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones & Michael T. Jones, piano     Danny Ziemann, bass     Daniel Patrick, drum set
This is a first.  The Jones Brothers on the same gig!  Do I really need to say more?  Last week’s start to our renewed guest artist series was inspiring.  Little did I realize how much of a void we left when we walked away those four years ago.  We played to a packed house of friends who love both the music and the personalities that share their musical art.  The only way I can offer our sincere gratitude is to promise that we will persevere.  Thank you for your enthusiasm and your generous spirit.  We’re in this together.  The Amherst Anchor Bar is at 4300  Maple Road, corner of Sweet Home.  And note the revised 7:30 start time.  Dinner & jazz anyone?

next Tuesday, 8/1 at the Amherst Anchor Bar    7:30 - 10:30
Mike Costley

Mike Costley, vocals     Bobby Jones, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     your correspondent, drum set

Upcoming at the Amherst Anchor Bar
Tuesday, 8/8 saxophonist Vince Ercolomento, trumpeter Mike Kaupa, pianist John Nyerges, & bassist Peter Chwazik
Tuesday, 8/15 saxophonist Miles Tucker with guitarist Bob Sneider & Danny Ziemann
Tuesday, 8/22 saxophonist Doug Stone with Bobby Jones & Wayne Moose
Tuesday, 8/29 trumpeter Tim Clarke with pianist Lisa Hasselback & Wayne Moose
Tuesday, 9/5 vocalist Mary Stahl with pianist Jim Calabrese & bassist Buddy Fadale
Tuesday, 9/12 singer/songwriter Barbara Jean’s CD Release Party with Michael T. Jones & Danny Ziemann
Tuesday, 9/19 Three Brothers & a Distant Cousin with trombonist Phil Sims, saxophonists Andy Weinzler, Russ D’Alba, & Kelly Bucheger, pianist George Caldwell, & bassist Paul Zapalowski
Tuesday, 9/26 trumpeter Mark Filsinger & trombonist Brendan Lanighan
Tuesday, 10/3 saxophonist Darcy Hepner
Tuesday, 10/10 vocalist Patty Flaherty with Hammond B3 Organist Craig Kastelnik
Tuesday, 10/24 saxophonist Don Menza

The Art Gallery, 2:00 - 4:00
Sunday, 7/30 vocalist Laurie Bordonaro & saxophonist Bobby Militello with Bobby Jones & Wayne Moose
Sunday, 8/6 vocalist Kevin Mahogany with baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone, Michael T. Jones, & Wayne Moose

Other gigs to date
Thursday, 8/17 with Barbara Jean at Ellery Park in Jamestown  6:30 - 8:30
Saturday, 8/19 with the Pete Ciraolo Big Band at the Erie County Fair  7:00 - 8:30
Sunday, 8/20 with Jim Tudini at St. Joseph’s Church Campus Ministry  7:30 - 10:30
Wednesday, 8/23 with Barbara Jean at the South Dayton Park  6:30 - 8:30


Persistence, Perseverance, and Progress
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?
 - Stanislaw J Lec

Hope to see you…


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week, 5/3/2016

Hello everyone.  Happy pseudo-Spring.  Time for an update…

Wednesday, 5/4 at Mezza     6:30 - 9:30
Jeffrey Arthur, vocals     Warren Stirtzinger, guitar     Randy Stirtzinger, vibraphone     Wayne Moose, bass     yours truly, drum set
I have to admit it.  Jeffrey surprised me.  We did a Mezza hit back in December, and I had the pleasure of accompanying a seasoned singer who knew standards, knew his keys, swung hard, sang in tune, and chose his material for variety of groove and sentiment.  It was a blast!  (Being skeptical of singers one has never worked with is a storied tradition among accompanists…)  Jeffrey even charmed the ladies with his ballroom dancing skills!  So if you are a fan of the great American Songbook, an intimate atmosphere, craft beers, and a general good time, please consider joining us.  Mezza is at 929 Elmwood Avenue between Bidwell & Delevan.

Thursday, 5/19 at Williamsville East High School     7:30
Pianist Bill Charlap with the Williamsville East Jazz Orchestra
And they mean Jazz Orchestra…  Literally a swinging big band within a string orchestra…  And if you weren’t sitting in a school auditorium seeing what you’re hearing, you could not be convinced that these are high school musicians.  Wayne Moose and Steve Shewan direct a music program at Williamsville East that rivals any Arts Academy anywhere.  And to their credit, the annual Legends of Jazz concert is about the kids.  The opening half of the program will feature Bill Charlap in a trio setting, accompanying student soloists and vocalists.  The second half features the guest artist with the Jazz Orchestra.

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. Lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman have said, "Bill Charlap's playing is unique, warm and intelligent. He not only plays the melody - he also plays the lyric. And, for lyric writers, that’s as good as it gets."

In 1997, Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, he was signed to Blue Note Records and has since received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. In 2009, Charlap was the pianist and musical director for The Blue Note 7, an all-star jazz septet celebrating the legacy of Blue Note Records on its 70th anniversary. The septet performed a 50-city tour and released the CD, Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records. Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap are the recipients of a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop album, for their 2015 release, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.

Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92Y, in New York City. The year 2016 will mark his 12th anniversary as artistic director.  He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin’s music at the Hollywood Bowl.  Charlap's long-awaited new recording debuts on Impulse Renaissance Records. THE BILL CHARLAP TRIO: NOTES FROM NEW YORK features the trio in peak performance, and was recorded immediately following a two-week run at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. 

Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book.” In 2005, Charlap and Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note). Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait (Blue Note).

All tickets are reserved seating and cost $16.50.  The Legends of Jazz concerts traditionally sell out, so advance purchase is highly recommended. Reserve your tickets at  For more information, contact WEHS Music at 716-626-8425 or

Upcoming for your correspondent
Thursday, 5/19 with Bill Charlap and Wayne Moose at the Williamsville East Legends of Jazz concert 7:30
Sunday, 5/22 with Ron Corsaro  - Jazz Vespers at Christ United Methodist - 4:30
Friday, 6/3 with Ralph Fava - 100 American Craftsmen at the Kenan Center - 6:00
Saturday, 6/4 with Ron Corsaro - 100 American Craftsmen at the Kenan Center - 3:00
Saturday, 6/4 with Phil Sims & Joanna Batt at the Roycroft - 8:00
Monday, 6/13 with the Buffalo Brass Big Band at the Sportmen’s - 7:00
Thursday, 7/7 with Barbara Jean at Falconer Park - 6:30
Sunday, 7/10 with Cindy Miller at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Thursday, 7/14 with Laurie Bordonaro at Russell Park in Akron - 12:00
Sunday, 7/17 with George Caldwell & Bobby LaVell at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Thursday, 7/21 with Barbara Jean at Ellery Park in Jamestown - 6:30
Sunday 7/24 with Don Rice at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Sunday, 7/31 with Mike Costley & Bobby Militello at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Sunday, 8/7 with Three Generations of Hasselbacks at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Friday, 8/26 with Carol McLaughlin at the Lewiston Jazz Festival - 7:15
Saturday, 8/27 with Barbara Jean at the Lewiston Jazz Festival - 5:00
Saturday, 8/27 with Doug Stone at the Lewiston Jazz Festival - 7:15

The Primaries, and the march to November…
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.  Half never voted for President.  One hopes it is the same half.
 - Gore Vidal


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week, 5/12/2015

Hello friends.  How’s your dandelion crop?  Three gigs to invite you to this week…

Wednesday, 5/13 at Mezza 6:30
 - 9:30

Wayne Moose & Friends
Cindy Miller, vocals     Lisa Hasselback, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     your correspondent, drum set
Wayne’s gig’s got legs.  Great location, amazing food, a good vibe, and a rich talent pool of guest artists…  And this week, the hardest swinging, most diminutive singer on the scene…  In fact, Cindy’s heart, range, energy, and relentless sense of swing are all in direct opposition to her dress size.  Maybe that’s how it works.  Little girl - big talent…  And if you get there early enough, maybe you can grab one of those comfy chairs on either side of the band.  You’ll find parking on the street, in a small lot across the street, or in another lot just a door down.  Mezza is at 929 Elmwood, between Bidwell Parkway & West Delevan.

Friday, 5/15 at The Roycroft    
 7:30 - 10:30

Three Brothers & a Distant Cousin
Phil Sims - trombone & arrangements     Andy Weinzler, Russ D’Alba, Kelly Bucheger - tenor saxes     Michael T. Jones - piano     Paul Zapalowski - bass     DH - drum set
A bit of a departure for the Roycroft - no chamber group is this!  More hard swinging, take-no-prisoners solos, and tight ensemble playing from a thoroughly unique horn section.  Remember Van Miller?  “Fasten your seat belts!”

Saturday, 5/16 at Club 31

Wendell Rivera & the Latin Jazz Ensemble     10:00 - 1:00
Wendell Rivera, latin percussion     Calvin, trumpet     Randy Stirtzinger, piano     Mark Harris, bass     yours truly, drum set
And you may as well keep that seat belt fastened.  Once Wendell pours on the groove and the energy, no one sits still.

And upcoming for your correspondent…
Wednesday, 5/20 with Karrin Allyson & Houston Person at Williamsville East High School - 7:30
Friday, 5/22 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Dick Rd - 6:00
Wednesday, 5/27 with Wayne Moose & Doug Stone at Mezza - 6:30
Friday, 5/29 with Ralph Fava at the Kenan Center for the 100 American Craftsmen - 6:00
Saturday, 5/30 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Alberta Drive - 1:00
Thursday, 6/4 with Ron Corsaro at Pausa - 8:00
Friday, 6/5 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s West Seneca - 6:00
Saturday, 6/20 with Wendell Rivera at Club 31 - 10:00
Friday, 6/26 with George Kane & John Murphy at The Roycroft - 7:30
Sunday, 7/5 with Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express at Artpark - 4:00
Sunday, 7/12 with Houston Person at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Saturday, 7/18 with Wendell Rivera at Club 31 - 10:00
Sunday, 7/19 with Don Rice at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Thursday, 7/23 with Barbara Jean at the Lakewood Beach Gazebo - 7:00
Friday, 7/24 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Losson Rd - 6:00
Sunday, 7/26 with Mike Costley at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Monday, 7/27 with the Western New York Jazz Orchestra at the Iris - 8:00
Thursday, 7/30 with the Dave Golando Big Band at Mayville Lakeside Park - 6:30
Sunday, 8/2 with Janice Mitchell at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Sunday, 8/9 with Wendell Rivera at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery - 2:00
Wednesday, 8/12 with Barbara Jean at Celoron Park, Chautauqua Lake - 6:30
Thursday, 8/13 with Barbara Jean at Ellery Park, Jamestown - 6:30
Thursday, 8/20 with Barbara Jean at Mayville Lakeside Park - 6:30
Friday, 8/28 with Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Main Stage - 8:00
Saturday, 8/29 with the WNY Jazz Orchestra at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Main Stage - 12:00 noon
Saturday, 8/29 with Kenny’s Fault at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Frontier House - 4:00
Saturday, 8/29 with Janice Mitchell at the Lewiston Jazz Festival Frontier House - 6:00
Sunday, 8/30 with Barbara Jean at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater - 2:30
Friday, 9/4 with Barbara Jean at Warren Park, PA - 7:00
Thursday, 9/17 with The Buffalo Brass at the Iris - 8:00
Friday, 9/25 with Dave Scott at Wegman’s Losson Rd - 6:00
Saturday, 12/5 with The Buffalo Brass at the Iris - 8:00

The difference between hearing and listening…
Mindfulness really means paying attention on purpose.
 - Jeffrey Santee


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daniel Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week October 8, 2014

Hello friends.  Full circle, but for one night only…

Sunday, 10/12 at Milkie’s Elmwood 6:00 - 9:00
Patty Flaherty, vocals

Patty Flaherty, vocals Craig Kastelnik, Hammond B-3 Chuck Buffamonte, guitar      yours truly, drum set
It is said that you can’t go home again.  But you do if you have a chance to accompany Patty Flaherty, Craig Kastelnik, & Chuck Buffamonte.  So Milkie’s it is, but for only this one special night.  Were you at the Art Gallery this summer for Patty & Craig?  Smokin’!  Craig is incredible - the equal of any B3 player breathing in and breathing out.  His command of both the instrument and everything musical is an artistic thing of beauty.  Any tune, any key, any tempo - comping harmony and kicking bass - groove, taste, chops - simply a world class musician and a world class person.  Patty?  Easily among the most gifted and soulful vocalists you will hear, and a musical product of our own Niagara Falls…  And my college buddy Chuck - ask him about his solo classical guitar performance at our student recital - one of my favored memories of those formative days.  Chuck plays like he was born with a guitar in his hands - feel, sound, facility, and innate musicality.  This is going to be a blast.  Celebrate a Bills home victory, share in a reunion of music and friends, and for many, sleep in on Monday morning!  Maybe we can go home again…

Saturday, 10/18 at Beechwood Continuing Care     6:00 - 9:00
Ron Corsaro, Piano

Ron Corsaro, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     your correspondent, drum set
This gig is really more about an amazing auction to benefit Beechwood Continuing Care than it is a performance, but Ronnie’s trio is among the features.  The food is a gastric delight, the bar well stocked, and the auction offerings may get you that vacation or coveted power tool.  More information at 810-7370

Thursday, 10/9 Carol McLaughlin’s Big Band at the Colored Musician’s Club 8:30 - 10:30
Monday, 10/27 WNY Jazz Orchestra open rehearsal at the Iris 7:45 - 9:30
Friday, 11/7 with Ron Corsaro at Christ United Methodist 7:00 - 9:00
Saturday, 11/29 with Wendell Rivera at Club 31    10:00 - 1:00
Friday, 12/5 with Dave Scott at Wegman's Dick Road 6:00 - 8:00
Friday, 12/12 with Dave Scott at Wegman's Transit - William near Losson 6:00 - 8:00

Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going.  Don’t freeze up.
 - Thomas Wolfe from You Can’t Go Home Again

Thanks for reading.  Hope to see you...