Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Erie Art Museum, April 14, 7 p.m.

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian SextetErie Art Museum Presents Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet

The Erie Art Museum presents the newest jazz voice to come from Latin America: the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet. Fusing contemporary American jazz with the ancient rhythms of his native Peru, Gabriel Alegría will bring his unique form of world jazz to the Museum’s stage on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30.  Tickets $20, can be purchased online at or at the door.

One of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Perú, Gabriel Alegría combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz music concept. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in contemporary jazz context. In all of Alegría’s work, a cross-cultural exchange between the Americas is always present, carefully defining Afro-Peruvian jazz music as the newest voice to come from Latin America.

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

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


Joe Dorris & Frank SingerFri., March 27   JD Jazz & Blues

Long-time compatriots Joe Dorris and Frank Singer's musical relationship began more than 30 years ago in Boston, where Joe was studying with drummer Gary Chaffee and Frank was studying at Berklee College of Music.  Together they founded Cats A Bear, a group that performs original jazz compositions.and persists to this day, lively as ever.  Joe moved back to Erie, and persuaded Frank to join him here, where both have enriched the musical landscape ever since -- including through their duo JD Jazz & Blues.

Recent JD Jazz CD releases include Joe's 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.

Dan Hallett & Joe FrisinaSat., March 28   Joe Frisina Jazz with Dan Hallett

Guitarist Joe Frisina and keyboardist Dan Hallett, both living in Meadville, PA, have also been performing together for a number of years.  Get togethers have included sessions at the Meadville Market House and Bosco's Restaurant, organized by Hallett.  Both also perform individually and with a number of other groups -- including Frisina's Too Big Power and Hallett's Armitand Hand.


2015 JazzErie Scholarship Application

ChuLuteJazzErie Education Committee Co-Chair Chuck Lute announces this opportunity:

If you are a graduating Senior from a high school in Northwest PA, are enrolling in an accredited music or music education program, and have demonstrated an interest in jazz, you can apply for  this $1000 grant.  Check out the details and application form shown below.

For more details or questions, or to receive a copy of the application form, contact Chuck Lute: 814-825-5480 email

                                                   JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP

The Scholarship

There will be one $1000 scholarship awarded by Jazz Erie to a high school senior student The scholarship will be based on the student's academic and musical excellence, resume, and letters of recommendation, as determined by the Scholarship Committee.
Prior to the distribution of funds, an officer of Jazz Erie will contact the appropriate institution and confirm the student's enrollment for the following year. The scholarship award will be presented to the student at the Next Generation Concert on Thursday, May 16 at Gen. McLane High School.


The applicant must be planning to major in a music curriculum in an accredited college, university or conservatory. This could be music education, music performance, music theory, etc. Applicant must be a senior currently enrolled at a public or parochial high school.

Application Process
Completed applications will be returned to Jazz Erie Scholarship Chairman:  Completed applications and all materials must be postmarked by May  5, 2015.


Miles Davis Quintet 1967

Thanks to Basil Ronzitti for leading us to this treasure.  We've read about the creative things happening in this great MD Quintet as they worked their way through a tour of Europe.  Think of a rhythm section composed of a very young Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and an even younger Tony Williams, a band finding ways to bend form to fit artistic intent, fronted by the open ears and open-to-new-ideas minds of a young Wayne Shorter and Miles, each with plenty of ideas of their own.  Here's a sample from YouTube: Miles Davis Quintet - Agitation - 31-Oct-67 (1 of 4).

A clear inspiration to Wayne Shorter's great current quartet, whose members also seem to read each others' minds at will