Hullo friends. If the summer has to end, there's no better way to usher it out than with the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival...
Tuesday, 8/23 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Friday, 8/26 on the Main Stage, Lewiston Jazz Festival 5:30 - 7:30
Pete Malinverni, piano Jody Sandhaus, vocals Dick Griffo & Dave Schiavone, saxophones Tim Clarke, trumpet John Hasselback, trombone Cameron Kayne, bass dh, drum set
In fact, it's the Lewiston Jazz Fest that brings Pete & Jody to town this week. After a year hiatus, our reunion resumes. These next two Tuesdays hold special meaning for your correspondent, mostly because of the friendships involved. And as is so often the case, the music is central to it all. This Tuesday Pete & Jody make their first appearance at our new venue. So as you heard Pete at the Art Gallery with Eliot Zigmund and Lee Hudson on the Steinway (that Pete personally chose for the Albright-Knox), this week you'll hear him on our 6 foot Yamaha. Back at our curiously lit location, Mike Milkie would often ask me if we could turn that funky little bar into a jazz club. And I would always give him the same answer: "No, Mike. Not without a real piano". Thanks to Pat & Phil Georger at Hamburg Music Center, we are now for real. Our performance at the Jazz Fest is going to feature Pete's septet arrangements for Jody, which we'll preview at the club on Tuesday night. So please join us as we offer Pete, Jody, & the Upstate Express horn section in the intimate environs of the newly named Iris Restaurant. Indoors, you'll hear all of the artistry and nuance of an acoustic performance. And Friday evening we'll do it again on the Main Stage at the Jazz Fest, taking in the outdoor energy, directing it into the music, and out to you. We hope to see you at both venues.
Saturday, 8/27 on the Rising Star Stage, Lewiston Jazz Festival 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
The Mike Kaupa Quartet
Mike Kaupa, trumpet Lisa Hasselback, piano Buddy Fadale, bass your correspondent, drum set
Serendipity. Ronnie Corsaro is not only a substantial pianist, arranger, and bandleader in his own right, he is also the contractor for the Lewiston Jazz Festival. (How he manages that considerable task is a mystery to me. Impressive, to say the least...) Ronnie came into the club one Tuesday past & heard the quartet that Mike Kaupa had assembled for a featured performance. The musical magic that Mike, Lisa & Buddy created was all Ronnie needed to hear. The Festival beckoned and Mike was booked. And this Saturday afternoon, the magic is recreated. The Rising Star Stage is opposite the Main Stage at the other end of Center Street.
Saturday, 8/27 at the Frontier House, Lewiston Jazz Festival 7:45 - 9:45
Mike Kelly, guitar Pete Malinverni, piano Danny Vitale, bass your host, drum set
My man comes home... Again, the music brings us together and refreshens the friendships. Mike Kelly is not only a guitar legend in his hometown of Rochester, and he is not only the first-call guitarist in all of Atlanta, he is my friend of 28 years. And thanks to Ronnie Corsaro and all of the good people who organize and support the Lewiston Jazz Festival, we are bringing Mike home for a short but very special stay. Try to be there by downbeat. A mere 15 minutes after we start, we have the unenviable task of competing with Kurt Elling's appearance on the Main Stage. The scheduling didn't work out for us on this one, but if you dig straight ahead and swinging, you may decide to divide your loyalties.
Sunday, 8/29 at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ron Corsaro & Friends
The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center is the former Niagara Falls High School. Weather permitting, we're outside on the steps. If rain threatens, we'll be in the auditorium. After witnessing Ronnie's organizational chops at the Jazz Fest, come and hear both his arranging and pianistic chops at the NACC.
next Tuesday, 8/30 at the Iris Restaurant 7:30 - 10:30
Mike Kelly, guitar Danny Vitale, bass your host, drum set
upcoming at the Iris Restaurant...
Tuesday, 9/6 George Caldwell
Tuesday, 9/13 Tim Clarke & George Kane
Tuesday, 9/20 Bruce Johnstone
Tuesday, 9/27 Matt Michaud
Tuesday, 10/4 Phil DiRe
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