Monday, February 20, 2012

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week Vol XIV, No 24

Hello friends.  Monday afternoon and just getting to this...
Tuesday, 2/21/2012 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Jay Bianchi, piano     Mike Kaupa, trumpet     Buddy Fadale, bass     your host, drum set
Even if you're Buffalo born and bred and you've followed the local jazz scene for years, you may not know who Jay Bianchi is.  That happens to a musician when you leave your Williamsville roots and go off to earn your artistic credentials -  first to SUNY Fredonia for your Bachelors Degree in music education, and next to the University of Miami for a Master of Music in jazz studies.  And where do you settle after you earn your performance certificate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London?  Williamsville is a great place to raise a family, but it doesn't hold the promise or challenges of a professional life in the Big Apple.  New York now his home, Jay has toured and performed internationally with grammy award winning artist Nigel Kennedy and composer/flutist David Heath, and his playing, arranging and production skills have led to work with Bette Midler, Glenn Close, and Leslie Gore.  He has two critically acclaimed trio CDs released on ilovestree records: Jay is Cool featuring bassist John Patitucci, and 11211.  And having taught at The New School for 25 years, Jay has helped develop the curriculum for studies in Jazz and Contemporary Music.  Impressive.  So we welcome Jay home for a brief visit this week, and we present him to our faithful and curious listeners in the company of some old friends.  Can you join us?  New York may be the proving ground, but let's make Jay a little nostalgic for his roots with a warm and generous audience.  The Iris Restaurant, at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst.  Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.
Wednesday, 2/22 at the Iris     7:30 - 10:00
The Buffalo Brass
Time again for our biweekly open rehearsal.  "Open" means you're invited.  Stop in and hear the inner workings of a big band rehearsal.  No cover, no minimum.  And too, a great hang...
next Tuesday, 2/28/2012 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Vince Ercolomento, tenor saxophone     John Nyerges, piano     Danny Ziemann, bass     your host, drum set
Don't miss...
Sunday, 2/26 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery     3:00
The Enrico Rava Tribe
Enrico Rava, trumpet     Gianluca Petrella, trombone     Giovanni Guidi, piano     Gabriele Evangelista, bass     Fabrizio Sferra, drum set
Trumpeter Enrico Rava will make a rare North American appearance with his Tribe next Sunday in the Gallery’s Auditorium as part of the 2011–2012 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series.  A pre-concert discussion, “Fresh Sounds from Europe,” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton, will begin at 2 p.m.

An international jazz icon and undoubtedly the most acclaimed Italian jazz musician in history, trumpeter and composer Enrico Rava produces a haunting, burnished tone backed by his “amazing conception of melody and music” (Pat Metheny).  Having established himself through collaborations with a wide range of musicians, including Carla Bley, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, and Joe Henderson, the 72-year-old has been referred to as “one of Miles Davis’s most imaginative inheritors” (The Guardian) and his recent ECM recordings have been hailed as “among the best jazz albums of the last decade” (Jazzwise).  As heard on his latest recording, Tribe, for the noted ECM label, Rava is currently playing at a peak of lyrical inventiveness.  Rava will only be performing in four cities on this tour: New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Buffalo.  Series Producer Bruce Eaton explains, “It’s a testament to the growing international reputation of the Albright-Knox as a premier venue for jazz that we have been chosen to be a part of this unique cultural event.”  For more information, please visit
Tickets are $25 for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Members and $29 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased at the Gallery’s Admissions Desk or online at The series will conclude with the Donald Harrison Quartet on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 8 p.m.
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 3/6 Russ Carere
Tuesday, 3/13 Dave Schiavone
Tuesday, 4/10 Rick Strauss
Tuesday, 4/17 Phil DiRe' & Buffalo Bop
Tuesday, 4/24 Clay Jenkins
Tuesday, 5/15 Bob Sneider
Tuesday, 6/19 Barbara Jean
Tuesday, 8/14 Don Menza

Keep moving...
Determine never to be idle.  It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
 - Thomas Jefferson


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