Jazz News & Notices

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

Anchor In (at rear of Oasis)

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

Check our EVENTS CALENDER for detailed descriptions .of events and artists



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

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.

And That's OK...    12 Jazz Standards
And To All...          10 Holiday Standards (Jazz Style) available at CD Baby
Let's Fall In Love   9 Jazz Standards (Valentine's Day Theme)
As a Drummer in Cat's A Bear:
Eye Of The Pyramid
Tito: In Search Of A Revolution
Tito In Wonderland (Includes "Blues For Alice," "Sugar," "Round Midnight," and "Honeysuckle Rose")

[All Cat's A Bear CDs are available at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CatsABear]

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

Joe Frisina Jazz was started by Meadville Guitarist, Joe Frisina, to showcase Jazz Music from all genres featuring various Jazz artists from around the region.  Joe Frisina Jazz has been featured at Julian's Bar and Grille, The Mariner Seafood and Steakhouse, The Gardner Theater, The Italian Civic Club of Meadville and The Anchor In showcasing artists such as Frank Singer (guitar), Dave Callaghan (saxophone), Mikel Prester (saxophone) and this week: Dan Hallett (keys and vocals).

Along with Joe Frisina Jazz, Joe plays in Guitar Madness with Frank Singer and Jim Lynch, Joe also plays bass with Frank in his original Jazz Fusion Band, Cats A Bear who have been featured in the Erie Reader, Celebrate Erie and the 2013 Erie Art Museum Jazz Festival at Frontier park.  Joe Plays guitar for the Dave Callaghan Quartet and Meadville Rock Cover Band, The Happy Hours.  Joe also plays with Frank Singer on bass in his original Rock Band Too Big Power.  Joe is featured on his original Too Big Power recording 'Ride A Wave' (2005) and Cats A Bear's new album due out soon and countless live performances.  Joe owns and operates Too Big Studios in Meadville and is featured on many of his clients recordings.

Jazz Pianist and Vocalist Dan Hallett also hails from Meadville.  Dan is best known for his work with his jazz fusion band The Armitan Hand and The Soul Crackers.  Dan also played with Erie's Chicago Tribute Band 25 and 6 two 4.  Dan is an integral part of the Jazz scene and Meadville and has hosted the Cootie Harris Jazz Jam for many years and up until recently the Bosco's Jazz Jam in Meadville.  Dan is an avid supporter of music all over the region and is regularly called to sit in on gigs by many artists who know him for his tasteful harmony and rhythmic comping and imaginative soloing.  This is Dan's debut with Joe Frisina jazz but expect to see much more out of these two great artists.

Harry JacobsonFri., April 3.   Frank Singer with Harry Jacobson

 Harry Jacobson studied bass at Oberlin Conservatory, at the  Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France and The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  He has a doctorate from one of the pioneering schools in jazz education, the University of North Texas where he also studied composition and conducting.  An accomplished classical music performer, he is principal bass of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Erie Opera Theater and a member of the Erie Philharmonic.  He has also served as principal bass in the Norfolk Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony.

He was a winner in a performance competition at the first symposium of the International Society of Bassists in Aspen and tied for first place in call for papers at a similar ISB event at UCLA in 1988, and presented a lecture-recital at the symposium as a result.  The document, on which the lecture-recital was based about the edition of a  double bass Solo Quartet by Franz Anton Hoffmeister, was published in several installments in the ISB journal, Bass World.

As a jazz bassist, he has performed with the Jerry Gray Orchestra, Les Elgart's big band, with jazz saxophonists Don Menza, Bruce Johnstone, Jerry Coker and pianists Rick DellaRatta, Don Rebic and Jan Laurens Hartong in Europe.   He leads and writes for his own group, Jazz Incorporated.  He recently produced and played on a CD of vocalist Lydia Marks called Lovelight Shining, for which co-wrote the title track.  He coordinates a jazz series during the summer for VACI at Chautauqua Institution and has taught on Chautauqua's summer school faculty in the past. He also has performed on occasion with the Chautauqua Opera and  Chautauqua Symphony.

He has been a member of the SUNY Fredonia faculty for twenty-nine years and teaches music theory and jazz improvisation in addition to lessons in bass. He is area coordinator for the string faculty and coordinator of the music business program. He has previously held teaching positions at the University of Tennessee, Mountainview and Eastfield junior olleges in Dallas, Texas and at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia.  His students have gone to win positions in regional orchestras and also have been admitted to prestigious graduate school programs in performance.

Michael HempseySat., April 4   Mike Hampsey & Blues Friends

Mike Hampsey and his Blues Friends return to the Anchor In debut this Saturday for their Spring Season appearance, jamming on the Blues and having a good time doing it! Denny Fiscus will join him for the evening, adding his harmonica to the mix. Come on In and catch the act as you enjoy all the great food, service and company at the Anchor In. There's never a cover charge and there's no smoking anywhere in the building.

Mike HampseyMike Hampsey and Blues Friends is Michael Hampsey on vocals, guitar, dobro and mandolin and Denny Fiscus on harmonica. Hampsey has led the folk group Brokenstraw for over 2 decades, and from 1985-91 played with Rodger Montgomery at Docksider. Mike and Denny have performed together for over a decade, and will jam on traditional Blues including Long Distance Call, I'm a Man, Deep River Blues, Bluegrass Stomp and Minor Swing.

Steve TrohoskeFri., April 10   Frank Singer Duo with Steve Trohoske

Stephen Trohoske was born into a family who loved music, and grew up to the sounds of many different styles, evolving into a deep love and devotion to Jazz, World, Dub, Reggae, Avant Jazz, Black Rock, Funk, ECM, Brit Blues, Punk & Post Punk. Much of this music included melodic bass lines, walking lines, riffs, dub bass & deep ostinatos that would become part of Stephen's trademark sound.

His first introduction to performing was singing in Post punk Bands at the age of 14. Stephen often stood outside of clubs to hear the bands play before he was of age to go inside. There he met many great local Jazz players who would hang with him on their breaks. Stephen's love for the bass guitar would eventually lead him to study the instrument under one of those musicians, guitarist/multi instrumentalist Frank Singer (Berklee Grad, Charlie Banacos Grad). Stephen expanded his studies to include electric bass playing, music theory, and jazz improvisation.

Inspired by his studies and a huge library of recordings, Stephen pursued a career as a professional bassist and has played with some of the top Jazz artists in the world. These experiences led to the formation of his own groups playing his original compositions. Stephen's Bands have included Art Groupies, Hands Of Thieves, Is What It Is, Ahimsa Beat, 3bop, Aziz and SoulClap. He has toured with The Foley Project, worked with dance companies, and composed a piece for a Toronto-based dance company in 2005. Stephen has performed and recorded or shared the stage with such artists as Ernest Dawkins, Poet Monica Igras, G.Calvin Weston, Kelvyn Bell, Dwayne Dolphin, Dave Shiavone, Christian Howes, Corey Wilkes, Lou Stelutte, Eddie Baccus Jr., Greg Bandy, Chris Hemmingway, Tony Grey, David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, Robbie "SuperSax" Edwards, Foley, Cecil Ruckers, Dr. Nathan Davis, Rodger Humphries, Blood Ulmer, Claire Daly, Chelsea Baratz, Marcus Belgrave, Uhmar Raheem, Cheryl Hodge, DJ Logic, Willie Waldman, John Shannon's Wings of Sound and Todd Clouser's Love Electric.

Sat., April 11   Vocalist and guitarist Claire Stuczynski and Erie star Eric Brewer

More to come.

Richie ColeFri., April 17   Frank Singer with Richie Cole

Richie started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own “Alto Madness” style in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations.  Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as gave a command performance for the Queen of England.

Cole has recorded over 50 albums and CDs, including his top hit album “Hollywood Madness” (1979 Muse Records) and his tribute album to Leonard Bernstein, “Richie Cole Plays West Side Story” (1997 Music Masters Jazz). A prolific composer, Cole also finds time to arrange for full big bands, symphony orchestras and frequent performances at jazz festivals worldwide. Moreover, he enjoys sharing his love of music with younger generations and is active recording, touring and presenting university master classes.

Cole was appointed to the Board of the National Jazz Service Organization and the Board for the National Endowment for the Arts where he served as chairman for one year. He is also a charter member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. In 2005 he was awarded the State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz on behalf of the Temecula Jazz Society. Richie Cole is recognized worldwide for the sweet sounds of his alto saxophone and the creativity behind his Alto Madness Orchestra.

The Alto Madness Orchestra was developed by Cole in the early 90's and its continuing popularity is proof of its uniqueness. As Richie explains, "The idea of the Orchestra is the concept and sound of an eighteen-piece big band using only seven instruments, four of which are horns. Not only does this have the big band ensemble sound, it also allows us plenty of room for improvisation as if we were in a quartet setting."


2Blue: Dave VanAmburg & Michael CampSat., April 18  2Blue,  Blues, Jazz, Pop & more!

Michael Camp is a guitarist, vocalist and artist originally from Kingston-upon-Thames, England. After his family moved to the US in the late 1950's, he grew up in the Erie area. He has played numerous styles of music over a 40-year career, including rock, folk, blues, soul, disco, and country. He attended Edinboro State College and Gannon University, and works as a photojournalist at Lilly Broadcasting.

David VanAmburg began his music career playing the coffee house circuit, and as a multi-instrumentalist with various bands, including Calico. During a brief (40-year) timeout to raise his family, build businesses, and start JazzErie and other organizations, he played with Marty O'Connor & Friends and 57 Pickup. He now returns to his love of playing music.

Mike and Dave blend finger-style guitar work and voices over a range of blues, pop, and jazz standards in a way that warms your heart.

2Blue is available for small club engagements, house concerts, and special occasions. Contact Mike Camp, 814-464-5047, mrartist53@hotmail.com, or Dave VanAmburg, 814-866-3600, David@VanAmburgGroup.com.

Stan BialomizyFri., April 24   Frank Singer duo with Stan Bialomizy

Stanley F. Bialomizy, a native of Erie, PA, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master's Degree from Teacher's College, Columbia University. He has been a board member of New York State School Music Association, and a past president of Nassau Music Educators Association, Long Island, New York.

He has served as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for area All-State Jazz Ensembles and All-County Bands. As a member of many honorary and professional organizations, including Phi Delta Kappa and the College Band Director's Association, he is also listed in the International "Who's Who In Music".

Stan is a published arranger and composer with Alfred Music Publishers, Cherry Lane Music Co., Belwin-Mills Music Publishers and Columbia Pictures Publications. He also served as an instrumental music editor with Boosey and Hawkes Publishing Company. He is the composer of the 2005 New York State School Music Association theme song "A World of Music for All".

After his career as Chairman of Music and Director of Bands at W. Tresper Clarke High School, East Meadow, NY, and Assistant Professor of Music, Long Island University C.W. Post Center, he returned to Erie PA as the associate conductor of the Erie Concert Band. He subsequently joined the staff of radio broadcasters at WQLN-FM as a jazz radio personality, producing and hosting the program "Jazz Club on the Air".

He maintains a busy schedule in performance on saxophone, clarinet, jazz piano and voice. Playing credits include the Temptations, Tribute to the Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman Orchestras, and Stan is presently performing with the New York City-based American Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

Amy SchallenbergerSat., April 30   Shally & Seth

Vocalist and guitarist Amy Shallenberger returns to the Anchor In this Saturday, joined by fellow Shally and the Riffriders guitarist Sean Seth for an evening of Blues and more! Amy has established herself in the last few years as a regional vocal force in  Riffriders, and with Sean have captivated audiences throughout the region. Amy's commanding vocal style and musical presence and Sean's Blues guitar expertise and experience will have you grooving with the music as you enjoy the great food, service and company you've come to expect at the In.

There's never a cover charge, and there's no smoking anywhere in the building, so come on in to the In and enjoy your evening!

Amy ShallenbergerAmy Shallenberger recieved her Music Education degree from Mercyhurst College after studying at Illinois Wesleyan University, all with a focus on vocal performance. She currently teaches music at Pfeiffer-Burleig Elementary and begins teaching at Roosevelt Middle School in the Fall of 2014. Band credits include Acoustic Gypsies, Easy Street, Paddy Whacked, Can't Spell Bob, and Amy's current project with Sean Seth, Shally and the Riffriders. The Riffriders perform extensively throughout the area, and upcoming dates include Roar on the Shore, Thurston Classic, Erie's Wild Rib Cook Off and Party in the Plaza. Future plans include a solo acoustic project with shows currently scheduled at Rum Runners Cove and Giant Eagle

Tim ClarkeFri., May 1   Frank Singer Duo with Tim Clarke

Since relocating from Eugene, Oregon to Buffalo, New York in 2007, Tim Clarke has become an integral part of the Western New York jazz scene, performing regularly with many of the area’s top jazz musicians and groups.  Currently Tim performs with The George Caldwell Quintet, House of Relics, Magpies, What Would Mingus Do?, The Felski Quartet, The Buffalo Brass, Bacon/McNeill Quartet, New Buffalo Jazz Octet, Ben Baia's Big City Horns, Morgan Street Stompers, Upstate Express, Genkin Philharmonic, among others.

A fifth-generation Oregonian, Tim attended the University of Oregon School of Music, earning the Master of Arts degree in Music Theory in 1993. During his time at the University, Tim received several jazz composition awards and commissions, and was active as both a trumpet player and arranger throughout his years in Oregon.  From 1992 up until his arrival in Buffalo in 2007, Tim produced original music and sound effects for over sixty computer and console games.

Tim Clarke holds a senior-level music production position at Fisher-Price, where he maintains a busy schedule composing and arranging music for toys, multimedia products, web productions, commercials and other media.

Tim Clarke (Composer)     Credits Of Note

    Rampage: Total Destruction (2006)
    Godzilla: Save the Earth (2004)
    Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (2004)
    Tribes 2 (1990) [PC game]
    Tribes 2 Official Soundtrack (1991) [Audio CD]
    Minigolf Maniacs (1991) {PC game]
    Contraptions (1990) [PC game]
    3-D Ultra Pinball Thrillride (1990) [PC game]

3 Days in Nevada (Documentary)
PIZZA: The Movie (Feature Film)
Pray for Daylight (Short Film)
The Locker Room (Short Film)
The Tweakers (TV Movie)

 Carl Hultman & Barb Schwartz Sat., May 2   Carl Hultman & Barb

Vocals, guitars and even some banjo will be the order of the day as Carl Hultman and Barb Schwartz make their Anchor In debut with their duo Hultman and Barb. The Duo plays a musical showcase of current and classic songs from a variety of styles including jazz, blues, classic rock, bluegrass, standards, western swing, country and more.  Both Carl and Barb sing solo and harmonize together with a rich sound while playing electric and acoustic guitar along with banjo to produce interesting musical arrangements. The artists covered by the band include Louie Prima, Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Nat King Cole, Nora Jones, Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Kenny Burrel, Sam Cook and many more popular performers. The Duo’s motto is “ Music Tailored for Your Listening Pleasure”.

Carl Hultman has over 40 years experience playing in many different styles of bands having started out as a trumpet player.  He was the first chair high school trumpeter in the Milwaukee All City Band and went off to college at Arizona State University with a performance scholarship to play in the university band and orchestra.  During his college years he started playing acoustic guitar in order to be able to play an instrument, much quieter than a trumpet, in his apartment without bothering his roommates and everyone else in the building.  He has been playing guitar and singing ever since in all kinds of bands including pop rock, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, blues, folk and some classical.  He was the musical director of three original musical plays called the Magic of Christmas staring Amanda Post at the Roadhouse and Warner Theaters in Erie, Pa.  Carl’s passion for writing arrangements and developing interesting harmonies is reflected in the bands that he leads.  He has recorded 6 different albums with different bands over the years.

Barb Schwartz was born with the dual gifts of a sensational voice and a great musical ear for harmony.  She has been singing and performing from the time that her grade school teachers discovered her voice.  For the past 40 years she has been well known as a singer playing in bands ranging from jazz, folk, bluegrass, country and pop.  Along with being a great singer she is an excellent banjo and acoustic guitar player.  Along with having perfect pitch, she is a natural musician who has the ability to listen to a piece of music and grasp the instrumental and vocal parts being performed.  When she sings or plays she stylizes the music with her own unique touch.  In short, she has a voice that audiences love and remember.

For more information: 814-825-5144

Fri. May 8th  James Madden and Ed Hallahan Duo

James MaddenJames Madden, one of the area’s finest jazz piano players, has been a professional musician and music instructor for over 20 years. Classically trained, he studied music at Edinboro University. His own jazz style was developed and nurtured by some of the region’s most talented and accomplished artists, including Floyd Williams at Allegheny College and Basil Ronzitti.

James has performed as a solo artist and as a member of both small and large ensembles.  His mix of jazz, jazz standards, and contemporary and classical music are indicative of his wide repertoire and natural talent. James is a frequent contributor to the Erie jazz scene, and he particularly enjoys encouraging his students on their own musical journeys and pathways.  

Studio: 814-455-7460

Ed HallahanEd HallahanAcoustic Bassist Ed Hallahan hails from Youngstown, Ohio. He attended YSU in Jazz Education with Tony Leonardi. Performance credits include the Glen Miller Orchestra, the Floyd Williams Jazz Orchestra, Ralph LaLama, James Widenam, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry and Barbara Morrison.

Check www.jazzerie.com, EVENTS CALENDER for detailed descriptions .of events and artists


November 11, 2014