Music at the Mansion, Sat., Jan, 17 at 7 p.m.

The Anchor In, 2014 -- 15

MIAC 2014-2015 Concert Season

The Four Grads at the Jefferson

MCG Jazz 2014-2015 Season

Nighttown in Cleveland, Nov. 2014

Sat., Jan. 17 from 7:00 -- 10:00 p.m.

Erie Womens ClubFREE FOR JAZZERIE MEMBERS.  Fun, food & cocktails -- a celebration and appreciation for JazzErie Members at the Erie Womans Club, 259 W. 6th St. in downtown Erie.  Live music will be provided at the event, musicians TBA.  Participate in a raffle of a basket of choice wines, selected by JazzErie's Board members.

If you would like to come, but are not currently a JazzErie member, pay your $25 annual membership fee at the door, get your membership card and join in the fun!

Here's your chance to meet and hang out with others who share your interest in jazz music, enjoy some tasty food and beverages, hear some great music and enjoy warm company in an elegant setting on a cold January evening. Drop in at any time during the celebration, it's informal.

3122 W. Lake Rd., 6-9 p.m. Fri.&Sat. Evenings

Joe Dorris & Frank Singer2014-2015 Season Underway

The 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.  No smoking.  Call 814/833-1212 for reservations.

Upcoming Events:

Fri., Nov. 28   JD Jazz & Blues, Joe Dorris & Frank Singer

Vocalist, harmonica player and drummer Joe Dorris is in his fourth decade of professional music performance, singing and playing drums in "The Dorris Brothers" from the time he was 16. After gaining more experience in "Whiskey River" and other groups, Joe migrated from Erie, PA to Boston, MA to study advanced drumming with Gary Chaffee, author of the "Patterns" drum workbooks.

It was here that he met guitarist Frank Singer and co-founded the 30+ year enterprise "Cat's A Bear", a group that performs original Jazz and Funk. Joe sang and played in the Boston area for many years in a multitude of styles and genres including World-Beat "Ibrahema". He also used his unique, low-register voice to do voice-over for radio and television, and singing for various professional projects including The Editors, Billy Walsh, Willy Eger, Tony James, Sharon DiFranzo and Jake and Jean.

Joe shows his long background with and love of the Blues in his harmonica playing, adapting the Blues Harp to Jazz as well as Blues. Recent JD Jazz CD releases include harmonica as well as the foundation of guitar and voice that is JD Jazz and Blues. The new CD includes an original Blues by JD called "Seen It Comin'", a cathartic tale of loss.

Sat., Nov. 29   Frank Singer & Hammond B-3 Star Fred Ardillo

Fri., Dec. 5   Frank Singer with jazz bassist Tony Stefanelli

Sat., Dec. 6   Amy Schallenberger

Fri., Dec. 12  JD Jazz & Blues

Sat., Dec. 13   Mike & Denny Blues Duo 

Fri., Dec. 19   Frank Singer with pianist James Madden

Sat., Dec. 20  Jazz & Blues with 2Blue

Fri., Dec. 26   Frank Singer with baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone

Sat., Dec. 27   Shades of Brown

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.