Monday, April 29, 2013

Danny Hull: Musically This Week Vol XV, No 32

Hello friends.  Check out this line-up...

Tuesday, 4/30 at Milkie's Elmwood     7:00 - 10:00
Clay Jenkins, trumpet  

Clay Jenkins, trumpet     Bobby Jones, piano     Jeff Campbell, bass     your host, drum set
We are honored to present one of the most highly regarded trumpet players in these United States.  Were it not for his teaching responsibilities at the esteemed Eastman School, Clay Jenkins would still be logging the frequent flyer miles, but living either in LA or New York.  And the same goes for Jeff Campbell.  In fact Jeff has been known to sub on the Village Vanguard Monday night band when his schedule permits.  Throw in Bobby Jones, and we're in some heavy company.  Parking is free and easy across the street from the club in the bank parking lot.  Milkie's on Elmwood is at the intersection of West Utica & Elmwood Avenue.  882-5881

Sunday, 5/5 at The Riviera Theater     3:00
Marcia Giambrone

Buffalo Choral Arts
Marcia Giambrone spared no expense for her Spring Concert this year:  "Live at the Riv" features the Buffalo Choral Arts Singers accompanied by a 10 piece band in a musical journey of stories told through song: music from the Great White Way and the Silver Screen, excerpts from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera and a very special tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch.  Tickets are $15 and may be purchased on line at or by contacting the box office at 775-SONG (7664).

Upcoming at Milkie's Elmwood
Tuesday, 5/14 Laurie Bordonaro
Tuesday, 5/28 Janice Mitchell
Tuesday, 6/4 Russ D'Alba
Tuesday, 6/11 Barbara Jean
Tuesday, 6/25 Russ Carere, Sr
Tuesday, 6/18 Western New York Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, 7/9 The Upstate Express
Tuesday, 7/23 Doug Stone
Tuesday, 10/15 Patty Flaherty & Craig Kastelnik

Don't miss...
Saturday, 5/4 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Auditorium     8:00
Gretchen Parlato, vocals

Gretchen Parlato, vocals     Jason Linder, piano     Alan Hampton, bass     Mark Guiliana, drum set 
The 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will present acclaimed jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato in her first area appearance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.  A pre-concert Conversation, “Los Angeles Jazz: The Hot and Cool,” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton will take place at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25 for Gallery Members and $29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk, by phone  or online at

Gretchen Parlato, a native of Los Angeles and the winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, has been lauded as “the most original jazz singer in a generation” (The Boston Globe).  Parlato’s 2011 release The Lost and Found (ObliqSound), produced by Robert Glasper and featuring her radio hit version of Simply Red’s Holding Back The Years, was the top-selling jazz vocal album of the year and a fixture on year-end best-of lists.  She was recently awarded Best Female Jazz Vocalist of 2012 by the Jazz Journalists Association and was voted #2 Female Jazz Vocalist for the year (ahead of such notables as Esperanza Spalding and Diana Krall) in the Downbeat International Jazz Critics Poll.  

Jazz legend Wayne Shorter has said, “Gretchen Parlato knows how to play the same instrument that Frank Sinatra played.  There’s no one out there like Gretchen.”  With a unique sound that draws on the jazz tradition, Brazilian music, and organic R&B, and “holds something of the vulnerable intimacy of Billie Holiday and Miles Davis” (All About Jazz), Gretchen Parlato has “an almost magical connection to the music” (Herbie Hancock).  She will be performing with a stellar trio including noted pianist Jason Linder, bassist Alan Hampton, and drummer Mark Guiliana, whose recent duo performances with Brad Mehldau had Time Out London concluding that he is “possibly the best drummer in the world.”

Now in its fourteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, Art of Jazz has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America.  For the most current information, please call the Gallery at 716.882.8700 or 716.270.8292, or visit

The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported in part by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  The Gretchen Parlato concert has also been made possible through the generous support of The Weissman Family Foundation.

AK Café will serve dinner prior to the concert.  For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.

Best Female Vocalist Award - Jazz Journalists Association
#2 Best Female Vocalist - Downbeat Critics Poll
#1 Female Vocalist - JazzTimes Critics Poll
ASCAP Eunice & Hal David Award of Merit for Songwriting
Featured on Grammy Award winning Best Vocal Jazz Album, The Mosaic Project

The Lost and Found (ObliqSound):
      #1 Vocal Album of the Year - iTunes Jazz
      #1 Vocal Album of the Year - Jazz Critics Poll
      #1 Best Album of the Year -
      #1 Album of the Year - Tom Schnabel, KCRW
      #1 Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2011 - Radio TSF-Jazz Paris
      #2 Top Selling Jazz Album - Billboard Magazine
      #2 Best Jazz of 2011 - NPR A Blog Supreme
      #2 Best Jazz Album of 2011 - Amazon Music
      #2 Festive Fifty of 2011 - Jazz Breakfast
      #3 Best Female Vocalist - Downbeat Readers Poll
      Top 5 Los Angeles Jazz Albums of 2011 - LA Weekly
      10 Best Concerts and Releases of 2011 - The Star, Toronto
      Top 40 New Releases of 2011 - JazzTimes
      50 Favorite Albums of 2011 - NPR
      Best of the Year - eMusic Jazz


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