Fri., April 21 -- 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. -- Bel Aire Clarion

Long School of DanceCELEBRATING SWING.   Fri., April 21, 6:00 -- 9:00 p.m. at the Bel Aire Clarion Conference Center, 2800 W. 8th St.

Students from the Long School of Dance, accompanied by the Presque Isle JazzOrchestra will celebrate music and dance from the Swing Era.  Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for JazzErie members.  They are available at Long's School of Dance, 826 Sellinger Ave. Erie, PA  814/833-7179, or longschoolofdance.net.

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 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.

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.  Donation.

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.

Thurs., Sept. 6    Tom Rainey Trio, with Rainey on drums, Mary Halvorson - guitar, Ingrid Laubock - reeds.  8:00 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St.

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

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!.