August 1 & 2, Noon until 10 p.m. Frontier Park, Erie PA

Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival 2015Free. Rain or Shine.

23rd Annual Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival

It’s always one giant party when 20,000 of your closest friends and family come together to hear the best blues and jazz showcase in the region! We won’t disappoint when it comes to the amazing lineup of regional favorites and national stars on tap.

SATURDAY:  Rev. John Wilkins

SUNDAY:   Dr. Eddie Henderson's Trumpet Summit with Leon Jordan and Russell Gunn

                   No BS! Brass Band

Plan to catch the blues set Saturday, August 1 and the jazz showcase Sunday, August 2, both from noon-10 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy tasty food from local vendors, and bring your kids and dig your hands into some clay with professional artists—from 1 to 7:30 p.m. each day!


2015 Romolo Chocolates Sweet Summer Music Series

All of the concerts in the music series run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays in June, July and August, and are held on the Romolo Chocolates’ outdoor piazza and parking lot.  They are free of charge.

Eric AlexanderSat, July 4: Closed for Independence Day

Sat, July 11:  6-9 pm Eric Alexander Organ Quartet

Eric Alexander—tenor saxophone
Greg Hatza—organ
Robert Shahid—drums
Paul Bollenback—guitar

 A frequent member of the Jamie Abersol jazz education team, along withpianist David Hazeltime, bassist Rufus Reid, trombonist Steve Davis and others, Alexander is a sturdy presence on today's jazz scene.  He functions not only as a first call saxophonist, bandleader and educator, but as a composer and arranger of his own and others' work.

Often featured in quartet and sextet formats, Alexander will appear at Romolo Chocolates with his New York-based organ trio, featuring B-3 masster Greg Hatza.

Sat, July 18:  6-9 pm Hendrik Muerkens
Vibraphone and Harmonica Brazilian Jazz

Hendrik Meurkens—harmonica/vibraphone
Misha Tsiganov—piano
Gustavo Amarante—bass
Adriano Santos—drums

Meet Samantha Borland

Samantha BorlandIt's always a treat to get to interact with and interview young passionate musicians from Erie and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Samantha Borland, this years JazzErie Scholarship recipient! Samantha is a very accomplished clarinet and saxophone player who just graduated from Ft. Leboeuf High School and will be continuing her education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I had a set of questions for Samantha in an effort to get to know a little more about her, her start in music and jazz, and where she is taking it from here.

Sonny Stitt & Dizzy Gillespie

This weeks video features two giants of the bebop world, Dizzy Gilespie and Sonny Stitt.  They are playing the great standard Sunny Side of the Street.  It is a tasteful and creative interpretation that displays both there musicality and technique.