Bruce Johnstone QuartetJune 17     JazzErie's Jazz & Blues Walk   6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum, pther downtown venues until midnight.

Beginning with a reception and live music at the Erie Art Museum, this event presents jazz at seven downtown Erie venues.  Following through on our theme, the music at each venue will feature a different era or style of jazz music: be-bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, fusion, traditional, etc.

The band performing at the Erie Art Museum reception will be the Bruce Johnstone Trio, featuring intermationally (and locally!) revered baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone, who made his name  as a soloist with the Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman big bands, and with smaller ensembles alongside the best instrumentalists and vocalists in the world.

Donation of $15 suggested, for a bracelet entitling you to refreshments and beverage at the reception, plus admission to all venues.  Busses available if you tire of walking.  Excellent music, excellent company, a chance to enjoy a fine evening in downtown Erie. As the event approaches, bracelets will be available at Romolo Chocolates, 1525 W. 8th St.

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.)

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    "Thumbscrew," with Mary Halvorson--guitar,  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.


KJate Buczak Memorial Concert

Barfbara JeanThe 6th Annual Kate Buczek Memorial Concert will be held on: Sunday, June 4, 4 to 6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 Perry Hwy (PA Rt. 97).

Headlining the concert will be the “Barbara Jean Jazz Quintet” (easy listening Jazz)--featuring Barbara Jean, vocals & composer; Dalt Berringer, piano; Doug Dinberg, saxophone; Lloyd Howard, bass; and Dan Hull, drums.

Also appearing will be  the “Country Blue Quartet” (Bluegrass and old-style Country Music)--featuring Lou Nicolia, fiddle; Bill Abbey, mandolin & vocal; Bill McCall, guitar; and Darrell Obert, bass.
Free, but donations to Kate Buczek Memorial Concert Fund encouraged.  For more Info, call: 923-1155.

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!.