Sonny Fortune Quartet, Sat., Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Erie Art Museum

The Anchor In, 2014 -- 15

MIAC 2014-2015 Concert Season

MCG Jazz 2014-15 Season

Happy Holidays at the Jefferson, The Four Grads

Jazz in Cleveland October 2014

Sat., Nov. 8 8:00 p.m.

Sonny FortuneErie Art Museum, 5th St. Entrance
Donations of $10 for adults, $5 for JazzErie members and $5 for students are encouraged.

Quartet members are Fortune - saxophones & flute, Michael Cochrane - piano, David Williams - bass, and Fortune's preferred drummer for some years, Steve Johns.

Bringing 60 years of jazz history.

Saxophonist Sonny Fortune brings with him the history of the past 50 years of jazz. Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Fortune decided on a career in jazz at age 18, moved to New York City and was soon playing in groups led by Elvin Jones and Frank Foster.  He idolized Coltrane, Parker and Rollins.

Playing among the greats.

Fortune played for two years in Mongo Santanaria's band, moved briefly to L.A., then returned to NYC and joined McCoy Tyner's group for 2 1/2 years, perfecting his soprano saxophone skills. Then a period of free lancing, including forming his own group and jobbing with Buddy Rich, then playing with Miles Davis for a year.

2014-2015 Season Underway

Joe Dorris & Frank SingerThe Anchor In, 3120 W. Lake Rd., has resumed its presentation of live music for 2014-15.  Friday evenings feature jazz from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., with guitarist Frank Singer serving as the house band, paired with a variety of high-profile guests.  Saturday evenings feature area pop and blues stars, also from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Drinks and dinner service, NO COVER.  Free parking behind to club.  Check our EVENTS CALENDER for detailed descriptions .of events and artists

Lineups for Oct. and Nov. will include: 

Steve TrohoskeFri., Oct. 31  Frank Singer with bassist Steve Trohoske.  Steve is one of Erie's premier bassists, known for his original, informed playing.  He's a serious student of jazz and related grooves, and fluent in a wide variety of styles -- dub, Reggae, avant jazz, Black Rock, funk, post funk, and more.  Also known for his ability to compose great groups out of seemingly disparate elements.

Lydia MarksSat., Nov. 1  Vocalist Lydia Marks trio, with pianist Mark DeWalt and bassist Harry Jacobson.  Marks is another returnee to Erie, having established a presence on the Las Vegas club scene, and appeared in venues across the U.S.  Her latest CD, "Lovelight Shining" is titled after an original by Lydia.  Now well known as one of the fine singers is our area.

Roby "Supersax+ EdwardsFri., Nov. 7   Frank Singer with Roby "Supersax" Edwards.  A frequent visitor from Pittsburgh, Edwards brings an aggressive swing and maximum presence to his performances here, which in the past year have included appearances at the Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Fest, an Erie Day School fundraiser, and other events. He has performed in 12 countries and recorded as a leader, his most recent CD being “Copacetic,” on the Black & Blue label.

JazzErie Welcomes New Board Members

Beth & Mark DresslerBeth and Mark Dressler.

Beth and Mark both play with Misery Bay Big band.  Beth primarily plays alto in the band and Mark play bass trombone. He is also the musical director and lead trombone of the Trinity Music Group out of Pittsburgh PA, and Beth is the lead alto in that group as well.  She also is a member of The Presque Isle Saxophone Quartet on alto. 

The Dresslers both got their undergraduate degrees from Slippery Rock University.  Mark graduated with a Music Performance degree and Beth graduated with a Music Education degree.  Beth went onto grad school at The University of Miami where she graduated with her Masters in Jazz Pedagogy.  They are both currently pursuing musical opportunities as well as working their day jobs.  Mark is also an executive board member of the American Federation of Musicians Local No. 17, in Erie.

Jim & Lori CuneoJim and Lori Cuneo.

Jim is a practicing musician in the Erie region.  He hold a B.A. degree in music performance and composition from Mercyhurst University.  He also studied with Basil Ronitti.  He currently plays keyboards with the Blues Beaters Band, has a one-man-show in which he plays piano and sings, and has been a songwriter, singer and instrumentalist in Blood Pudding, Magoo, Zebra Mussels and the Lake Erie Monsters bands.  Jim also teaches private students.

Jim will be performing in JazzErie's Feb. 7 concert "Words & Music," combining blues, jazz and poetry readings.  The show will be held at the Erie Art Museum.

Jim and his wife Lori serve as co-chairs for JazzErie’s Membership Committee, Jim as a Board member and Lori as a volunteer, currently managing membership renewals and new memberships..


Next Generation 2014

Student vocalist Leah Mathie, with the Misery Bay Big Band, sings "Over the Rainbow." at JazzErie's Next Generation concert, May 21, 2014.  The concert was held at Gen. McLane High School in Edinboro and attended by over 200 students, family members, school staff, JazzErie members and jazz fans.