JazzErie's Annual

JazzErie All-StarsThurs., May 12 -- 6:00 p.m.
General McLane High School, Rte. 99, Edinboro

Suggested donation $5.

Featuring high school jazz bands from McDowell (Mill Creek), Harborcreek, Meadville, General McLean (Edinboro).
The Misery Bay Big Band, with featured soloist soloist, Buffalo trumpeter Jim Bohm
Retired Gen. McLean Band Dicector John Marszalek will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

This annual event brings an always inspiring mix of aspiring young musicians and accomplished professionals.  Lots of great music, fresh arrangements, fresh faces and talents.  Come hear some of the finest music the area has to offer.

High School Jazz Bands are alive and well in Northwest Pennsylvania, even while live jazz performances on the local music scene ebb and flow with fluctuating public tastes.  These great training grounds for future musicians and fans of the music continue to fulfill their function in sharpening young ears to this challenging, American-born, open panoply for musical creativity.


Ryan NewaraANCHOR IN 2015-16 SEASON

The Anchor In, 3122 West Lake Rd.(rear entrance behind Oasis Pub), will again host great jazz on Friday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., starting In October.  Free parking, no cover charge, great food, friendly ambiance -- all thanks to club owner Ryan Newara.

Live jazz from 6 until 9 p.m. every Friday. Call 814/833-1212 for reservations.
Lineups feature top regional musicians:


Claire DalyFri., April 29 & Sat., April 30 -- Baritone saxophone star Claire Daly,  New York-based jazz recording star, composer.

Playing with guitarist Frank Singer, Award-winning recording artist, composer and educator Claire Daly brings her Baritone Saxophone to the Anchor In for the final Spring Season Weekend. This is a special two-night event presenting this lyrical and commanding saxophone talent.

Claire hails from Yonkers, NY, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and now lives and works in NYC. She is internationally known as a unique and special voice on the Bari, recording a number of CDs as a leader  and headlining at major jazz events, including Monterey Jazz Festival, KC Rhythm‘n Ribs Fest and the Pittsfield Jazz Festival.

The Anchor In presents Claire Daly for two special shows, joined by guitarist Frank Singer. There is no cover charge, no smoking anywhere in the building, and free parking. It is suggested that you make your reservations early. Call 814-833-1212. Don't miss this special event!


Kate Buczec Memorial Concert

Hot Rhythm at UU in 2014 On Sunday afternoon, June 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie is hosting the fifth annual Kate Buczek Memorial Jazz Concert, featuring the "Colony Trio" and "The U-Tones"

 Kate Buczek was a jazz music aficionado.  She enjoyed taking family and friends with her to New Orleans for its Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  Among her favorite musicians were Louie Armstrong, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

 After Kate died in 2010, at age 91, memorial gifts from her many friends were designated to fund annual concerts at the Unitarian Universalist church where, for many decades, she was an active member and supporter. The June 5th concert is open to the public.  Free admission, but donations to the UU Congregation in memory of Kate are encouraged to help replenish her Memorial Concert Fund.  The church is located at 7180 Perry Highway (PA Route 97), about one-half mile north of I-90's exit 27.  (Information at 923-1155)

Kamasai Washington --

"Best Album of the Year" in many critics' and readers' jazz polls, this audacious project was released as a 3-CD set.  Broad in conception, the album combines jazz, rhythm & blues, gospel and other available materials into a broad, coherent and very accessible, spiritually alive performance.  There's a lot of talk at the start, but your patience will be rewarded by a performance that's grand in scope.