Some nice jazz coming, as a matter of fact, tonight, for starters...
Saturday, January 19 The New Phil Sims Quartet at Lebros (Campbell and Dodge, Getzville) 8:30 to 11:30PM
Warren Stirtzinger, guitar, Paul Zapalowski, bass, and Tom Kasparek, drums join me for a night of truly tremendous jazz. Good eats at Lebros, too.
Sunday, January 20th The New Phil Sims Quartet at Milkie's on Elmwood (Elmwood and Utica) 5:30 to 8:30PM
Back downtown and featuring our open jazz jam. After Sunday, the quartet will not be back until February 10.
Monday, January 21 Alfie Allisandra with Phil Sims at the Sportsman's 6:00 to 8:00PM
Alfie Alissandra, guitar and vocals, Phil Sims, trombone
This duo is a ton of fun. Alfie's song menu reaches over 600 tunes in just about any kind of style. Jazz, blues, folk, rock, funk, I'm running out of styles! Really quaint, and non stop, really.
Wednesday, January 23 the Buffalo Brass Big Band at Iris (Maple and Sweethome, Amherst) 7:30 to 9:30PM
It's another open rehearsal night for the 18 piece big band. great original jazz performed by truly great players.
Ken Kuriscak, Ron Paladino, Kelly Bucheger, Craig Incontro, Chris Perraciny, saxes
Phil Sims, Stu Easter, Alan Jaenecke, Lon Gormley, trombones
Dennis Tribuzzi, John Maguda, Mark Filsinger, Nelson Starr Jr., Kathleen Irish, trumpets
Mike Moser, guitar, Tom Paladino, piano, Jack Kulp, bass, Dan Hull, drums
and Heather Holden, vocals
Thursday, January 24 The Carol McLauglin Big Band at the historic Colored Musicians Club (Broadway and Michigan) 8:30 to 10:30PM
Carol McLaughlin keeps fattening up the book with new charts every week! A trip to the CMC is truly unique, especially on Thursday nights!
Sunday January 27 the Joanna Batt Jazz Quartet at Milkie's on Elmwood 5:30 to 8:30PM
Joanna is a sparkling young vocalist whose music is steeped in the great American songbook tradition.
Phil Sims, piano and trombone, Jack Kulp, bass, and Tom Kasperek, drums
Here's a Tuesday night special for you from a different band (I am not on board, but have been asked to sit in)...
Every Tuesday, the Mark Filsinger Trio at Merge (Delaware Avenue, downtown) 7:00 to 10:00PM (I'll double check those times)
Mark Filsinger, trumpet, Matt MIchaud, guitar, and Cameron Kane, bass. That's a wow! Mark joins the Buffalo Brass at Iris, but his trio sounds truly spectacular. Stop out for some "lighter fare" and great jazz.
Off into February there are more great jazz nights coming up. Three brothers and A Distant Cousin will take the stage at Iris on 2/5, featuring three of the area's greatest tenor saxophonists, Andy Weinzler, Russ D'Alba, and Kelly Bucheger. Joanna batt will be out at Lebros on the 9th and the Buffalo Brass continues to ride at the Iris. Vocalists Heather Holden and Katy Miner will unveil their new jazz quartets in the coming months, as well. More Alfie Allisandra dates to follow, as well as some new venues to report in the coming months. And one biggie that should be truly elegant for all...
Thursday, February 14 (Valentines Day) The New Phil Sims Quartet at Bacchus (Franklin and Chippewa) 6:30 to 9:30PM
This is a don't miss. Awesome food, wonderful bar, truly elegant atmosphere, Valentines Day (c'mon!), and the NPSQ. We're very excited about starting music at Bacchus. This will be our kick off performance. Hope to see you that evening.
January 20, 2013 ADDENDUM:
Sorry if this is inconvenient (just having emailed yesterday!), but a couple noteworthy items have come up that are very timely that I thought you might like to hear about.
Saturday, January 26 The Buffalo Brass Big Band at the Hearthstone Manor (Dick Rd., Cheektowaga) Lunch time concert
This event is an actual open to the public concert, not a rehearsal. The full Buffalo Brass Big Band, with vocalist Heather Holden, will be performing at lunch time in the main ball room. Doors open at noon, lunch starts serving around 12:15, and the BBBB will take the stage from 12:45 to 1:45. Take advantage a of a full chicken or beef luncheon in a beautiful setting with lots of parking, and the unmatchable sounds of the Buffalo Brass Big Band.
Tickets are $35 all inclusive, and can can be purchased by calling my good friend Phil Aguglia at 200 6518. It would be great to see you there. The band will be cranking, for sure!
Sunday, February 10 The New Phil Sims Jazz Quartet at the Elm Street Bakery (Elm street, off Main, East Aurora) 12:30 to 2:30PM
What an awesome spot! Incredible pastries, lunches, hot entrees, and a carefully chosen beer and wine list; all accompanied by the sounds of the NPSQ. We're looking forward to more regular visits to the ESB in the future.
I just have to say that it's such an incredible treat to perform with all these great musicians at such a wide, and ever expanding, variety of tasteful venues around Western New York. Certainly, the musicians are incredible, right here in our own back yard, but it's also you folks coming out and enjoying what we and the venues have to offer that makes this all such a great treat and a blessing. We always do keep in mind that you can't come to everything on our lists, nor would we expect you too. But each time Cindy and I, and the bands see folks we know walk in, it's always a wonderful treat for all of us, and it's never taken for granted.
And if you are folks we've only recently just met, know that we are truly thrilled to meet you, and look forward to you joining us whenever you can.
I hope you have a great rest of the weekend, perhaps even spending a few hours with us (today at 5:30 at Milkie's on Elmwood), and we look forward to seeing you real soon. Thank you so much for your support.