Hello friends. Here's this week's invitation.
Vince Ercolomento, tenor saxophone Joe Chiappone, guitar Peter Chwazik, bass your host, drum set
I need your help with this if you can make it. Here's the deal: If we have a full house, Mike Milkie doesn't care what planet the musicians are from. But when I bring in cats from out of town, and we don't draw, I hear about it. Since this gig's inception, my simple philosophy has been to present accomplished musicians playing creative, indigenous music. Build it, and they will come. But I'm not responsible for paying the bills at Milkie's Elmwood. The curious dynamic here is directly related to human nature. When we book a local favorite, we get an audience. Simple. But if our guest artists don't have a local following because, well, they're not local, we need our faithful to have our back. Of the three names above, you probably know who Vince Ercolomento is. If you're a tenor player, you definitely do, because you have high regard for your esteemed colleague. Vince is an old school powerhouse - think Hank Mobley or George Coleman (who Vince studied with by the way). His sound and his fearless improvisations are the stuff of legend in his native Rochester. Ithaca's Peter Chwazik has done our gig before, but way back at our curiously lit Main Street location. And Joe Chiappone I'll meet for the first time this Tuesday. True, there's comfort in the familiar. But there's inspiration in that which is new. We do hope you'll join us. Milkie's on Elmwood is at the intersection of West Utica & Elmwood Avenue. 882-5881
Cindy Miller, vocals Lisa Hasselback, piano Wayne Moose, bass your correspondent, drum set
I just checked. The forecast forcalls for a 20% chance of precipitation, and a 100% guarantee of inspired vocals from a diminutive, hard-swinging singer. You've heard Cindy at all three of our Tuesday venues, but the larger Art Gallery audience will now hear just how extraordinary she is. Thanks to the generosity of Stan Lipsey and the efforts of contractor Don Metz, we likely hold claim to the longest running free jazz series in the country, if not the world over. I have a tiny bit of inside information that I'll risk sharing, at the expense of publicizing a confidence: The Buffalo News has not been the sole sponsor of this free concert series. Stan Lipsey himself has contributed a significant amount of his own money over these last thirty-plus years in order to offer this outstanding cultural event to his community. And as to his contribution, the jazz series is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. His leadership and generosity were essential to the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Martin House restoration. Thank you Stan, for your vision, your leadership, and your philanthropy. Enjoy your well-earned retirement, and know that your community is indebted to you for your benefaction and your tireless energy.
next at Milkie's Elmwood
The Upstate Express
Ronnie Corsaro - piano & arrangements Tim Clarke - trumpet John Hasselback, Jr - trombone Russ D'Alba & Kenny Kuriscak - saxophones Wayne Moose - bass your host - drum set
Upcoming at Milkie's Elmwood
Larry Covelli, Patty Flaherty & Craig Kastelnik
Jay Bianchi & Gary Keller
Kenny Kuriscak & Tim Clarke
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Patty Flaherty & Craig Kastelnik
July 4, 1776...
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.
- John Adams
Respect for life,