Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Phil Sims: Jazz Happenings

Hello, everyone.
I bet everyone is busy, busy! I did some yard work this week. That was seasonally uplifting, to say the least. I hope you are enjoying the start of spring. Also hope you join us for some great music this week. Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday April 24 Buffalo Brass Big Band open rehearsal at Milkie's on Elmwood (at Utica) 7:15 to 9:15
This great 19 piece big band goes through its paces. No cover.

Friday, April 26 The new Phil Sims Jazz Quartet at the historic Roycroft Inn 8:00 to 11:00PM
Warren Stirtzinger, guitar, Paul Zapalowski, bass, Tom Kasperek, drums

Saturday, April 27 the Katy Miner Quartet at Lebros (Campbell and Dodge) 8:30 to 11:30
Katy Miner, vocals, Phil Sims, piano and trombone, Jack Kulp, bass, Tom Kasperek, drums

Sunday, April 28 John and Lisa Hasselback at Milkie's Elmwood Lounge 5:30-8:30PM $5 Cover
John Hasselback, trombone, Lisa Hasselback, piano, Phil Sims, trombone, Bill Staebell, bass, Tom Kasperek, drums

Lisa Hasselback has been a pianist in the Buffalo area for 25 years playing solo, in small groups and big bands. She has played with local/international jazz icons such as Bobby Militello, Dave Schiavone, Bruce Johnstone, Clay Jenkins, Cindy Miller and Wendell Rivera. She has also played for notable entertainers including The Four Lads, The Four Aces, The Chordettes, The Drifters and Bob Newhart.
Trombonist John Hasselback, Jr. began his musical career at an early age, performing with his father as a young teenager.  He is a student of legendary Blue Note recording artist Jackie McLean.  John has been very active on the jazz scene in Western New York for the past 25 years, playing with groups including the Gap Mangione Big Band, Phil DiRe's "Buffalo Bop," The Buffalo Jazz Workshop, John Bacon, Jr.'s Multi-Jazz Dimensions, Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz All Stars, Phil Sims & The Buffalo Brass, and many others.  Beyond Western New York, John has performed across the United States and Europe with many noted Jazz artists including Jaki Byard, Don Menza, Steve Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Roswell Rudd, and Chuck Mangione.  He is a featured soloist on recordings with Gap Mangione, Kenny Wheeler, and Don Menza.   "Menza Lines," which was recorded live in Los Angeles at the "Stratospheric" celebration of Maynard Ferguson's 75th birthday, was selected as one of the top releases of 2005 by the critics of Jazz Times Magazine.

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