Jazz Author Mark Gridley
March 16, Gannon University 7 p.m.

Mark GridleyThursday, March 16    Reception and presentation by jazz author Mark Gridley.    7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Gannon University, Yehl Ballroom.


In partnership with Gannon University, JazzErie invites you to a Reception and Presentation by jazz author and musician Mark Gridley..  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Gridley is the author of the most widely used textbook on jazz:  Concise Guide to Jazz, , used in high schools and colleges across the country. and worldwide.  A more recent book, Jazz Styles, is now in its 11th Edition.  Hi articles appear in Grove Dictionary of Music, the Encyclopedia Britannica, Black Perspectives on Music , and other journals.

A jazz flute and reeds player, Gridley is a native of Cleveland, OH.

Concert Season for 2017

On March 6th, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band released 'Dixie Jass Band One Step' and 'Livery Stable Blues' for the Columbia Gramophone Company.  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..

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

March 16     Reception and Presentation by jazz author Mark Gridley,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Yehl Ballroom, Gannon University.  This event is free and open to the public.

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 midnight.  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.

July 14    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.

August 4     WQLN Sounds Around Town Concert: "Celebrating Miles," featuring some of the arrangements, compositions and sounds of Miles Davis.  7:00 p.m.  WQLN Studio.  Free.

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

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.

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


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

Lest we forget...

Billie Holliday and some of the foundational figures of the '30's and 40's', 

The video Includes a 12 bar chorus by Lester Young , which many, including Gunther Schuller, in his classic history of jazz, identify as perhaps the purest blues chorus ever.  Contributions by Ben Webster, Vic Dickenson, Gerry Mulligan, Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge are not shabby either.

The recording is from THE SOUND OF JAZZ, a 1957 TV show. .