Jazz at the Philharmonic: A Re-Creation
Aug. 4, 7:00 p.m., A WQLN

Jazz at the Philharmonic posterAugust 4   WQLN Sounds Around Town  State St/Concert: Re-creation of "Jazz at the Philharmonic."  7:00 p.m., WQLN Studios, 8425 Peach St.     FREE!,  Co-sponsored by WQLN and JazzErie, with support from Local 17, AF of M..

This concert will be a re-creation of the legendary "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concerts produced by jazz impresario Norman Granz and featuring a stellar rhythm section and a collection of the best soloists of the day.  These occasional concerts began in 1946 and extended into the 1960's..  

Our concert, in the same free-wheeling spirit, will combine a fine local rhythm section and some of  the best soloists in the area.

Featured will be a rhythm section led by Joe Dorris -- drums,vocals and harmonica; and Frank Singer -- guitar.

Concert Season for 2017

On March 6th, 1917, the Victor Talking Mchine Co. released a recording by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band of "Original Dixieland Jass Band One Step' and 'Livery Stable Blues'.   On May 31 of that same year, another disc by ODJB was released by Columbia Gramaphone Co.  This disc included "Darktown Strutters Ball" and "Indiana."  These sides became hits and gave Americans across the country their first taste of America's only original art form, jazz.  "Erie Celebrates 100 Years of Recorded Jazz" is a year-long celebration presented by JazzErie and the sponsors below..

JazzErie Celebrates 100 Years of Recorded JazzSAVE THESE DATES!!!  (Note changes from previous posting.)

August 4   WQLN Sounds Around Concert: re-creation of "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert, with regional musicians burning up the evening air.  7:00 p.m.  WQLN Studio, 8425 Peach St.  Free. Co-sponsored with WQLN and Local 17, AFM.

Thurs., Sept. 6    Tom Rainey Trio, with Rainey on drums, Mary Halvorson - guitar, Ingrid Laubock - reeds.  8:00 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St. Co-sponsored by JazzErie.

Oct. 6   Singer Vanessa Rubin and saxophonist Don Braden  8:00 p.m., Erie Art Museum.  Suggested donation $20 general admission, $15 JazzErie members.  Co-sponsored with Erie Art Museum.

Oct. 28   Erie Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, featuring Chris Brubeck Quartet.  8;00 p.m., Warner Theater.  Ticket information at www.eriephil.org or call (814) 455-1375.  Co-sponsored by JazzErie.

Nov. 17   Bobby Selvaggio and Red Rhinoscerous.  8:00 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum.  Suggested donation $20 general admission, $15 JazzErie members. Co-sponsored by Erie Art Museum.



Joe's Jam: Not all jazz happens in public settings.  Informal sessions in living rooms, basements and garages are part of a time-honored tradition.

For example, Joe Dorris' basement.  Drummer , singer, harmonica-playing Dorris has accomodated fellow musicians in a basement remodeled for this purpose. (Joe'd day job is as a construction contractor, so he did it himself.)   In addition to regular rehearsals for the band "Cats A Bear," the basement music room became the site of weekly jam sessions.

The genesis of the sessions arose from a conversation Joe had with pianist Dave Calabrese at the papermoon restaurant, where Joe had a regular gig with Basil Ronzitti and Dave was an avid listener.  Dave was looking for a chance to try out his growing skills, and Joe offered to gather some other musicians, both established and budding, for a trial run.  That was 11 years ago, and the sessions are still a regular event.

Joey Alexander and Chris Potter

Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," by the very young Joey Alexander, with his seasoned trio, and saxophone master Chris Potter.