Monday, February 15, 2010

Musically This Week Vol XII, No 23

Tuesday, 2/16 at Bobby McGee's 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Clay Jenkins, trumpet     Chris Ziemba, piano     Jeff Campbell, bass     your host, drum set

Jazz music is an art form that at once pays tribute to its traditions as it grows and evolves.  If you want to hear a modern interpretation that is both personal and forward looking, pick up Azure Eyes by Clay Jenkins. 

The engineering provides for state of the art fidelity, and the musicianship is unparalleled.  A visit to the the Jazz Compass web site will offer you CD's not only by Clay, but by Joe and John La Barbera, Larry Koonse, Tom Warrington & Steve Houghton.  Or you could stop into Bobby McGee's this Tuesday, hear the real thing in person, and purchase a signed copy of any of Clay's cutting edge recordings.  Maybe I should record the musical proceedings this Tuesday and call it "Eastman & me".  Both Clay & Jeff Campbell are on the jazz faculty at the esteemed Eastman School, and Buffalo's Chris Ziemba is enrolled and earning his graduate degree.  Hear the present and the future of our uniquely American art form at the only restaurant in Buffalo dedicated to keeping this music alive and before a discerning public.  The New Bobby McGee's is located in the Maple Ridge Plaza, Sweet Home & Maple Roads.  Tina, Jyl, Magan, steady Billy & quiet Mike - good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and still a great hang.

Friday, 2/19 at Bobby McGee's 7:30 - 10:30

Ben Baia, vocals     Michael T. Jones, piano     Paul Zapalowski, bass     your correspondent, drum set
The Great American Songbook will be explored this weekend with two distinct musical offerings.  Vocalist Ben Baia is the restless type.  He loves the standards, but he's always got his ears open for tunes that are fresh and accessible.  If you're of a mood to take a pass on the dance floor, Benny has a book full of melodies that will suit your two-step.  And if you choose instead to simply sit and hear the classics, we've got a table reserved.

Saturday, 2/20  at Bobby McGee's     8:00 - 11:00

Tenor Madness
Hanna Richardson, tenor guitar & vocals     Tom Bronzetti, guitar     Phil Flanigan, bass     dh, drum set  
And now for something completely different...  
If you don't want to be tempted to come out Saturday night, don't go here:  Tenor Madness (no saxophones allowed) is one of the most engaging ensembles you will ever hear or witness.  Hanna will steal your heart, as will the quaint and entertaining tunes that are the bedrock of their material.  The truth is, they don't need me.  They're a trio.  But I just had to get them before our Savvy & Informed Audience, so that said audience could be even more savvy and informed.  If you're among the curious who couldn't resist the temptation to view the aforementioned youtube clip, the number for reservations is (716) 831-3271.  See you there...

Mondays at Bobby McGee's     7:00 - 10:00
2/15 Civiletto & Michaels

Tuesdays at Bobby McGee's     7:00 - 10:00

2/23 Three Brothers & a Distant Cousin
3/2 Chuck Buffamonte
3/16 Warren Stirtzinger & Mike Jones
4/13 John & Lisa Hasselback
7/13 Don Menza

Thursdays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 - 11:00
2/25 The Latin Jazz Project & Salsa Dance Lessons with Sarah Hooper
3/4 Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz Ensemble
3/11 Blues Society of WNY
4/22 Pat Bianchi

Fridays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 - 11:00
4/16 Sue Kinkaid, Phil LaMacchia & Ron Davis

Saturdays at Bobby McGee's 8:00 - 11:00
3/20 John Stevens


President's Day Tribute...

The Obama Administration will be honoring the 43rd President of the United States by naming the gap between the tectonic plates beneath Haiti after him.  The area will now officially be referred to as "Bush's Fault".

and Peace.

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