Jazz Events in Erie -- Fall, 2016
Clubs & Concerts

Weekly club dates:

Dave VanAmburgWednesdays,  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. Stan Bialomsy to bassist Dave Blaetz or Percussionist Nick "Tito" Ronzitti.

Howard Hamme

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 with Howard Hamme-piano, Carl Alanakian-drums and Harry Jacobson-bass. 

Fridays : 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. --  Dickey's Barbecue, W. 38th St.& Liberty.  Dave Van Amburg

Phil, Dave & FrankSaturdays: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. -- 814, the revived and expanded downtown venue at 1325 State St..  Alternating live bands are: the V Band, with Dave VanAmburg, Rick Cass, Dave Blaetz and Phil Popotnik, and JD Jazz with guitarist Frank Singer, drummer/vocalist/harmonicat Joe Dorris and  guests, including saxophonist Stan Bialomizy.

Other jazz events:

Dave Callaghan Quartet at Wegman's Cafteriea, Peach street store.  Fri., Oct 21 & Fri., Nov. 11, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Gem City Jazz Ensemble -- Springhill Retirement Center, 2323 Edinboro Rd., Errie  Weds., Oct. 26, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Mercyhurst University Jazz Ensemble -- Taylor Little Theater, Mercyhurst University.  Sat., Nov. 19, 8:00 p.m.


William Parker, Solo Performance
Dec. 11 -- PACA, 1505 State St.

William ParkerLegendary upright bassist William Parker will present a solo performance at PACA, 1505 State St. on Sunday, December 11.  Time TBA.

Born in the Bronx, NYC,Parker did not study formally in the classical tradition, though he took lessons with bassist Jimmy Garrison and Richard Davis, both classically trained musicians.  He has been a leader in the development of "extended techniques" -- finding innovative ways to make unusual sounds on his instrument.  This has been a particularly active area of development for bass players, because the instrument with its great range, long pliable strings, open multi-toned surfaces, and percussive sound.  Parker also supplements his music with a variety of other instruments, including the West African kora.


Parker has been active on the jazz scene since the early 1970's, coming to prominence through his work with pianist Cecil Taylor, and as a member of David S. Ware's Quartet and Peter Brotzmann's groups -- all highly regarded NYC avant garde ensembles.

He is a member of the cooperative organization Other Dimensions in Music, and together with his wife, Patricia Nicholson, organizes the annual Vision Festival in NYC,

PACA Scores a Hit with Halvorson/Crump Duo

Stephan Crump, Mary Halvorson at PACAUnder the "big tent" leadership of Mark Tannenbaum, and spearheaded by the sharp ears of producer Rick Lopez, PACA again brought two outstanding NYC new music creators to Erie for a performance on Sept. 25.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson and upright bassist Stephan Crump performed two sets of challenging, coherent, strange but accessible, often gorgeous, and utterly original music of a kind we don't often hear in Erie. (Maybe they don't hear that much of it in NYC either, but both Crump and Halvorson are much in-demand side-persons there: Crump works with Vijay Iyer; Halvorson with a bunch of people including Michael Formacek, Jon Irabagon, Mark Ribot, etc., Their names keep popping when I look at lists of who's playing around town in The New Yorker and the New York Times arts sections.)

Keith Jarrett Standards Trio

Just a reminder of one of the great piano trios.  Keith Jarrett -- piano, Gary Peacock -- bass, Jack DeJohnette -- drums.