JazzErie All-StarsThurs., May 11  6:00 p.m.   JazzErie's "Next Generation" Concert     Ger. McLane High School, Rte. 99, Edinboro.

The largest non-competitive high school jazz festival in Northwest Pennsylvania, this annual.concert features student musicians in regional high school jazz bands, with an enthusiastic audience of classmates and friends, family, faculty members, and jazz fans. 

Established by former band directors John Marszalek and Chuck Lute, the early evening concert also features a professional big band, composed of top area  professional musicians.  Our guest artist this year will be clarinetist/saxophonist Sal Andolina.

Students learning the language of jazz!  Come prepared for a full evening of music and fun.  Suggested donation $5, students free.

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.)

April 21   "Celebrating Swing," with Long School of Dance and the Presque Isle Jazz Orchestra.  6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Bel Aire Clarion Conference Center, 2800 W. 8th St.  Tickets $15, JazzErie members $10.

May 11   JazzErie's Next Generation Concert   6:00 p.m.,Gen. McLane High School, Rte.99, Edinboro.  Area high school jazz bands made up of student musicians, plus a band of regional professionals, play stage band arrangements.  Guest artist: clarinetist/saxophonist Sal Andolina, Suggested donation $5, students free.

June 17    JazzErie's Jazz & Blues Walk  Starting with a reception and concert at the Erie Art Museum, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.great regional bands will perform at downtown Erie venues until 1:00 a.m.  Bands will play jazz from different eras: (swing, bebop, fusion, traditional, etc.) in keeping the theme of "Erie Celebrates...."  Event is In partnership with participating venues.   Suggested Donation $15.

June 20    Mary Halvorson's "Thumbscrew," with Michael Formanek -- bass and Tomas Fujiwara -- drums.  8:00 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St.  One of New York City's leading experimental musicians, with two high powered associates. Concert co-sponsored by JazzErie.  Donation.

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.


Thank You JazzErie Supporters!

Allen ZurcherJazzErie's officers and Board members want to thank the individuals, businesses and organizations whose support makes our work possible, and JazzErie's Members, whose annual dues and participation in JazzErie events is our foundation. 

President Allen Zurcher, Vice President Mark Dressler, Treasurer Rich Giardina and Secretaru Chuck Joy and all the members of JazzErie's Board of Directors join in expressing our thanks for your generosity.

Organizational contributors who help keep us going include:

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, through their annual Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant.

The Erie Art Museum, whose in-kind contributions and excellent performance facility add class to a number of programs each year.

WQLN, whose on-air programming and partnership with our organization helps keep jazz alive in Erie.

Gannon University and the Schuster Foundation, for their help with our educational programming.

The Long School of Dance

Erie Arts and Culture

The Erie County Public Library

Individual contributors offering substantial support:

Patrons Allison Thompson and David Mair, who live in Brooklyn, NY but invest in Erie's jazz scene.

Nick Scott and Scott Enterprises, provide in-kind assistance

Sustaining Members:

Rich & Claire Giardina

Gary & Connie Haibsch

Betsy Achille

Ken Gamble

Louise Garrelts

Stayin' Loose With Bruce

In keeping with this month's theme, "Celebrating Swing",we're resurrecting one of our favoriite performances by a local group:  Yes, I know, we have published it before. But it's not as often as you might think that an outstanding [erformance is captured on video, with good quality sound and inspired playing all coming together -- and with local musicians!.