Happy new year, everyone, and welcome back from your holiday travels and activities. As promised, there are quite a few dates to choose from for some great jazz entertainment. And as always, I'm hoping to provide you with even more options in the coming months. Listed below are a few dates leading into early February.
Stay well, and I encourage you to take part in all the great live music across WNY. In many other towns it's hard to find good live jazz. We are so fortunate to have so much jazz going on around here; and from so many incredibly talented players and singers! And most times and places you can just walk in for free, sit down, order to your delight, and enjoy great music. That's amazing! So, when you join us, we really do appreciate that you chose us for your musical entertainment. Here's some fine choices...
Sunday, January 6 The New Phil Sims Jazz Quartet at Milkie's Elmwood Lounge (Elmwood and Utica) 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Phil Sims, trombone, euphonium, vocals, Warren Stirtzinger, guitar, Paul Zapalowski, bass, and Tom Kasperek, drums
The first set is all quartet, then we open up the mic and invite our awesome jazz guests to join us. We always have a great time, and the music is jumpin'! And euphonium jazz?! Now, really, where else?...
..actually, in the words of Yoda, "there is another". (Yoda, or Obi Wan? Hmph.)
Wednesday, January 9 the Buffalo Brass at Iris (Maple and Sweethome) 7:30 to 9:30
Come out and hear this incredible 18 piece big band go through its paces. We'll work on some new music and then put it all together for you. Some of the best instrumental jazz artists in Western New York eagerly come together for you on the same stage. Lest we forget (impossible!) we're also joined by featured vocalist, Heather Holden.
Friday, January 11 The New Phil Sims Jazz Quartet at the historic Roycroft Inn (S. Grove St., East Aurora) 8:00 to 11:00PM
Dan Garvey always provides great groups at the Roycroft on Fridays, and we appreciate his invitation. Come sit by the fire in a beautiful, warm, rustic, intimate setting to hear this great acoustic quartet.
Saturday, January 12 Phil Sims and Dennis Tribuzzi with the Dive House Union Band at the Aurora Theater (Main St., East Aurora) 8:30PM
If you haven't heard this great six piece rock and blues band (featuring Dave Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and Barry Arborgast on tenor sax), you will want to stop by. For this event, the band has added myself and uber-trumpeter, Dennis Tribuzzi to their show. They're raising money to get to Nashville for a blues competition. These guys write great stuff, sound great, and, well, adding the horns was a stroke of genius!
Saturday, January 19 The New Phil Sims Jazz Quartet at Lebros (Campbell and Dodge, Getzville) 8:00 to 11:00PM
This is a new venue for us. In the coming months I'll be appearing there with Ken Kuriscak (saxophonist), Joanna Batt (vocals), Heather Holden (vocals), and Katy Miner (vocals). We're very excited to be part of the Lebros family. Please come out for some really great food as well as great jazz.
Wednesday, January 23 the Buffalo Brass at Iris (Maple and Sweethome) 7:30 to 9:30
Second chance in January. C'mon!
Sunday, February 2 The New Phil Sims Jazz Quartet at Milkie's Elmwood Lounge 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Always the first Sunday of the month.
Tuesday, February 5 Three Brothers and A Distant Cousin at Iris 7:30-10:30PM
Andy Weinzler, Russ D'Alba, Kelly Bucheger, tenor saxes, Phil Sims, trombone, George Caldwell, piano, Paul Zapalowski, bass, Dan Hull, drums.
There's a lineup! 'Nuff said! It's big group time at the Iris, we would love for you to join us. Playing the music of JJ Johnson and Hank Mobley, and others.
Friday, February 9 the Joanna Batt Quartet at Lebros 8:00-11:00PM
Jazz vocalist, Joanna Batt (pr: bot) comes back to WNY after spending some years singing with the Notre Dame Jazz Ensemble! How cool is that? No big band for her on this night, but she is surrounded by myself on piano and trombone, the award winning Jack Kulp on electric bass, and Tom Kasperek on the drums. Please join us for great food, and an evening of tasty American Songbook jazz.
And as always, every Thursday at the historic Colored Musicians Club (Broadway and Michigan)
The Carol McLaughlin Big Band in rehearsal, live. 8:30PM to 10:30PM
Carol and his saxophone have been Buffalo mainstays for four decades (maybe longer!) No cover, Marian will take good care of your beverage needs, and the band will just have at it! This is pure fun. Ring the buzzer (very speak-easy-esque) and when allowed to pass, come right on up the stairs and be part of the fun!