Monday, July 2, 2012

Danny Hull: Musically This Week Vol XIV, No 43

Hello friends.  Hope to see you...
Tuesday, 7/3 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Ron Corsaro & the Upstate Express
Ron Corsaro - piano & arrangements     Tim Clarke - trumpet     Kenny Kuriscak & Russ D'Alba - saxophones     John Hasselback, Jr - trombone     Wayne Moose - bass     your host - drum set
Ronnie's arrangements, a big band sound from a septet, high energy swing, and committed soli from fearless musicians: a summation of the Upstate Express.  Ron Corsaro's horns & rhythm concept has been entertaining listeners since the early days of the Thursday Gazebo concerts in Lewiston.  It's always hard to predict how large of an audience we'll draw, but everyone is off on Wednesday.  You might want to make your plans now, or get to the club early enough to secure a table.  Vinnie has brought in a new chef, the beer selection in The Library is killer, and the wait staff is second to none.  The music?  We hope you know...  The Iris Restaurant, in the plaza at the intersection of Maple & Sweet Home Roads in Amherst.  Good music, good food, good people, chilled spirits, and a great hang.  Thanks for your continued support.
Friday, 7/6 at Milkie's on Elmwood 10:00 - 1:00
Bobby Jones, piano     Wayne Moose, bass   yours truly, drum set
What?  Milkie's on Elmwood?  C'mon.  Don't pretend you didn't know it was coming.  The man cannot sit down.  And Godblessim'  Mike has done it again.  The former Elmwood Lounge is now Milkie's on Elmwood.  His niece, whom I have yet to meet, is the newest chef on Elmwood Avenue, bringing her experience from both the Park Lane & Sienna to her new project.  Now Mike can manage the venue and charm his customers absent the kitchen responsibilities, and still present a world-class menu.  But his dream is to offer a complete experience for his customers, which is where we come in.  Obviously, steady Fridays is an experiment depending on business.  But if we can draw from the 10 o'clock Elmwood crowd and our loyal audience, we'll have another weekend venue for musician and listener alike.  We do hope to see you.  The new Milkie's on Elmwood is at the intersection of West Utica.  882-5881
Sunday, 7/8 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery 2:00 - 4:30
Joe Gransden, trumpet & vocals     Michael T. Jones, piano     Danny Vitale, bass     your correspondent, drum set
This is year 30!  Can you believe that?  Stan Lipsey, through his own personal generosity, will this Sunday celebrate a 30 year commitment to the Buffalo, NY music community.  And that means everyone - musicians, dedicated listeners, casual listeners, visitors, expatriates, everyone.  I'm not privy to the books.  I can't claim to know where the money is coming from.  We do know that the Buffalo News is the sponsor.  And Stan is the publisher of our storied daily.  But I've heard it whispered that what the News doesn't pay for, Stan does.  And who knew?  Mr. Lipsey is a class act: brilliant, and quietly generous.  While Carl Paladino embarrasses himself by taking public shots at Stan, Mr. Lipsey's only goal has been to serve his community.  He has done so by his stewardship of The News (not so easy in the digital world), and by way of this free Sunday concert series, now 30 years running.  This week we welcome the return of a Buffalo born talent who has steadily earned a national reputation.  Son of Buffalo pianist Bobby Grant, Joe Gransden relocated to Atlanta upon his graduation from the Williamsville schools.  He is now playing golf with Clint Eastwood, fronting his own big band, and playing jazz festivals the country over.  Thank you Stan, and thanks to Don Metz for his deft handling of every contractual nuance.
next Tuesday, 7/10 at the Iris Restaurant     7:30 - 10:30
Randy Stirtzinger, vibraphone     Warren Stirtzinger, guitar
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 7/17 Laurie Bordonaro
Tuesday, 7/24 Sam Noto
Tuesday, 7/31 Bill Todd
Tuesday, 8/7 Larry Covelli
Tuesday, 8/14 Don Menza
Tuesday, 8/21 Kenny Kuriscak & Tim Clarke
Tuesday, 9/18 Colin Gordon
Tuesday, 10/9 Nelson M. Starr
Tuesday, 10/16 Miles & Wayne Tucker

upcoming at Milkie's on Elmwood...
Friday, 7/13 George Caldwell
Friday, 7/20 Wendell Rivera
Friday, 7/27 Joe Rozler
Friday, 8/3 Nelson M Starr

July 4th...
The most powerful single force in the world today is neither communism nor capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile.  It is man's eternal desire to be free and independent.
 - John F. Kennedy

and Friendships.

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