Sunday, July 23, 2017

Danny Hull Newsletter: Musically This Week, 7/23/2017

Hello friends.  Some things don’t change, even after a four year layoff.  True to habit, here is your invitation to this week’s musical festivities, though a bit late for tomorrow’s gigs…

Sunday, 7/23 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery 2:00 - 4:00

Don Rice, tenor saxophone     Joe Rozler, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     yours truly, drum set
The following is not a typo: This will be the 27th consecutive Art Gallery appearance by the remarkable Don Rice.  The man is ageless.  But for Don, this year’s performance is bittersweet.  For the first time in all of those 27 years, he cannot enjoy the company and goodwill of his childhood friend, Stan Lipsey.  Don & Stan grew up only minutes apart in Omaha, Nebraska, and they remained friends for life.  This will be an emotional concert performance by Don, indeed.  But be appraised, the gig is on, rain or shine.  The plan is to move the performance into the Art Gallery auditorium should the rains cancel our outdoor plans.

Sunday, 7/23 at the Olcott Jazz Trail     6:00 - 8:00

Pat La Barbera, tenor saxophone     Bob Sneider, guitar     Bobby Jones, piano     Danny Vitale, bass     dh, drum set
The above isn’t a typo either.  The legendary Pat La Barbera is in performance on the Olcott shores of Lake Ontario…  And consider that this band would be smoking were maestro La Barbera not on the gig!  We all know who Bobby Jones is.  We’re simply blessed that he chooses to render his musicality in his native Niagara Frontier.  Bob Sneider is not native to Western New York, but his teaching responsibilities at the renown Eastman School has him living and playing music among us.  And Danny Vitale is a product of a rich Rochester jazz tradition.  Here’s a bit of a back story: When I called Bob Sneider about this gig, I asked him who he likes on tenor.  He said, “Get La Barbera!”  I said, “That’s a (expletive) great idea!  But I don’t have his contact info.”  Story shortened: Bob sounds Pat.  Pat books the gig.  But what clinched the deal?  According to Bob Sneider, Pat loves Danny Vitale’s pulse.  A drummer’s embarrassment of riches…  And like the Art Gallery, the Olcott Jazz Trail is also a rain or shine event.  Pack an umbrella and dig the day.

Tuesday, 7/25 at the Amherst Anchor Bar     7:30 - 10:30
Michael T. Jones
Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones & Michael T. Jones, piano     Danny Ziemann, bass     Daniel Patrick, drum set
This is a first.  The Jones Brothers on the same gig!  Do I really need to say more?  Last week’s start to our renewed guest artist series was inspiring.  Little did I realize how much of a void we left when we walked away those four years ago.  We played to a packed house of friends who love both the music and the personalities that share their musical art.  The only way I can offer our sincere gratitude is to promise that we will persevere.  Thank you for your enthusiasm and your generous spirit.  We’re in this together.  The Amherst Anchor Bar is at 4300  Maple Road, corner of Sweet Home.  And note the revised 7:30 start time.  Dinner & jazz anyone?

next Tuesday, 8/1 at the Amherst Anchor Bar    7:30 - 10:30
Mike Costley

Mike Costley, vocals     Bobby Jones, piano     Wayne Moose, bass     your correspondent, drum set

Upcoming at the Amherst Anchor Bar
Tuesday, 8/8 saxophonist Vince Ercolomento, trumpeter Mike Kaupa, pianist John Nyerges, & bassist Peter Chwazik
Tuesday, 8/15 saxophonist Miles Tucker with guitarist Bob Sneider & Danny Ziemann
Tuesday, 8/22 saxophonist Doug Stone with Bobby Jones & Wayne Moose
Tuesday, 8/29 trumpeter Tim Clarke with pianist Lisa Hasselback & Wayne Moose
Tuesday, 9/5 vocalist Mary Stahl with pianist Jim Calabrese & bassist Buddy Fadale
Tuesday, 9/12 singer/songwriter Barbara Jean’s CD Release Party with Michael T. Jones & Danny Ziemann
Tuesday, 9/19 Three Brothers & a Distant Cousin with trombonist Phil Sims, saxophonists Andy Weinzler, Russ D’Alba, & Kelly Bucheger, pianist George Caldwell, & bassist Paul Zapalowski
Tuesday, 9/26 trumpeter Mark Filsinger & trombonist Brendan Lanighan
Tuesday, 10/3 saxophonist Darcy Hepner
Tuesday, 10/10 vocalist Patty Flaherty with Hammond B3 Organist Craig Kastelnik
Tuesday, 10/24 saxophonist Don Menza

The Art Gallery, 2:00 - 4:00
Sunday, 7/30 vocalist Laurie Bordonaro & saxophonist Bobby Militello with Bobby Jones & Wayne Moose
Sunday, 8/6 vocalist Kevin Mahogany with baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone, Michael T. Jones, & Wayne Moose

Other gigs to date
Thursday, 8/17 with Barbara Jean at Ellery Park in Jamestown  6:30 - 8:30
Saturday, 8/19 with the Pete Ciraolo Big Band at the Erie County Fair  7:00 - 8:30
Sunday, 8/20 with Jim Tudini at St. Joseph’s Church Campus Ministry  7:30 - 10:30
Wednesday, 8/23 with Barbara Jean at the South Dayton Park  6:30 - 8:30


Persistence, Perseverance, and Progress
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?
 - Stanislaw J Lec

Hope to see you…