Erie Celebrates 100 Years of Recorded Jazz
Nine Concerts Bring Jazz History to Erie

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..

Erie Celebrates 100 Years of Recorded Jazz

SAVE THESE DATES!!!  (Note changes from previous posting.)

March 16     Reception,Talk by Mark Gridley, followed by a Concert featuring early jazz/Dixieland jazz

April (date to be determined)    "Celebrating Swing," with Long School of Dance  and the Presque Isle Jazz Orchestra.  Hosted by Phil Attenbury.

May 11      JazzErie's Next Generation Concert      Gen. McLane High School, Edinboro.   Six area high school jazz bands made up of student musicians, plus a band of regional professionals, play stage band arrangements.

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

Additional June Concert: Date and time TBA.  "Thumbscrew Trio" with Mary Halvorson - guitar, Tomas Fujiwara - percussion and Michael Formanek - bass.  PACA, co-sponsored by JazzErie.

July 14    WQLN Sounds Around Town Concert,    Recreation of "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert, with regional musicians burning up the evening air.

August 4     WQLN Sounds Around Town Concert.    Celebrating Miles.  Featuring some of the arrangements, compositions and sounds of Miles Davis.

Oct. 6    Singer Vanessa Rubin and saxophonist Don Braden     Erie Art Museum

Oct. 28   at the Warner Theater.  Erie Philharmonic Pops Orchestra,, celebrates jazz in a concert featuring a jazz soloist.

Nov. 17   Bobby Selvaggio and Red Rhinoscerous, at the Erie Art Museum


Jan. & Feb.' 2017

Dave VanAmburgHoward HammeWEEKLY CLUB DATES:
Wednesdays,  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. --  Maxi's Restaurant, Bel Aire Clarion Hotel, 2800 W. 8th St.  An evening with guitarist/vocalist Dave Van Amburg and his cohorts. Thursdays: 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. -- Colony Pub & Grille, 2670 W. 8th St.  The Colony Club House Band, a great jazz piano trio.   Fridays : 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. --  Dickey's Barbecue, W. 38th St.& Liberty.  Dave Van Amburg

OTHER JAZZ EVENTS: Sadl;y, 814 has closed.  Wegmans, and other locations offer jazz.  Click "Read More".

JazzErie Members' Party - 2017

Erie Women's ClubErie Women's Club, 259 W. 6th Street.   Suggested donation  $10.

JazzErie's THANK YOU to its members.   Enjoy a convivial evening with other Jazz fans in the elegant surroundings of Erie's Women's Club. .

JazzErie provides piping hot hors d'oeuvres by Chef Jimmy Cuneo, plus beer or wine. 

Celebrating 100 Years of Recorded JazzLearn more about JazzErie's exciting upcoming season: "Celebrating 100 Years of Recorded Jazz," which includes a presentation by a world-famous jazz author, a concert "Celebrating Swing" co-sponsored with the Long School of Dance, with the JazzErie Swing Ensemble, two "Sounds Around Town" concerts with WQLN, JazzErie's own "Next Generation" concert and the Jazz & Blues Walk, with seven downtown locations, an Erie Philharmonic Pop concert featuring the Chris Brubeck Quartet, a concert featuring Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden, and more!

Dan HallettMusic for the JazzErie Members' Party will be provided by the Dan Hallett Trio:

Dan Hallett -- keyboards

Sean Dimico -- bass

Ricky Hopkins -- drums


YOU MUST BE A JAZZERIE MEMBER TO ATTEND THE PARTY.  If you are not yet a member, or have not renewed your membership, you can purchase your membership at the door.

Individual Membership                        $25
Senior Membership (65 and over)       20
Family Membership                                40
Seior Family                                             30
Student Membership                              15

Contributing Member             $ 100
Sustaining Membership           250 

Mary Halvorson and Susan Alcorn

Mary Halvorson's name has been appearing more and more frequently during the past couple of years in collaboration with NYC's most forward-thinking musicians.  Her appearance in Erie with bassist Stephan Crump showed us why. 

This unassuming creative powerhouse is paired in this week's video with steel guitarist Susan   (Steel guitarist?  Really?  Hm-m-m-m.  Then I listened a little more and thought: Hm-m-m-m!!,  Then I listened a few more minutes and realized this may join my list of all-time favorites: great musicians listening, each articulating their own story, edge-of-your- chair alertness and openness of improvisation, seemingly boundless imagination in sound. Wow!)