Jazz News & Notices

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

Joe Dorris and Frank SingerThe 2015 Season is Underway

The Anchor In, 3120 W. Lake Rd., continues its presentation of live music for 2015.  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


Pianist James MaddenFriday, Dec. 19  Frank Singer with pianist James Madden.

James Madden, one of the area's finest jazz piano players, has been a professional musician and music instructor for more than 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.

Saturday, Dec. 20   Saturday Night Blues, with 2Blue.

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

Bruce JohnstoneFriday, Dec. 26  Frank Singer Duo with Bruce Johnstone.

Bruce Johnstone b.Sept 1st 1943 Wellington New Zealand.Bruce Johnstone’s first exposure to American audiences was as a member of Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1972. He recorded three albums with the Ferguson Band which, along with live concert appearances placed him in the #3 spot in Down Beat Magazine’s Readers Poll behind Gerry Mulligan and Pepper Adams. He held this position for the next ten years.

Leaving Ferguson in 1976, he moved to N.Y., signed with Arista’s new Freedom label and with co-leaders Rick Petrone and Joe Corsello formed the new Jazz Fusion band New York Mary. Both albums produced by this band met with great critical success. While in N.Y. Bruce also recorded with Anthony Braxton (Creative Orchestra Music 1976) with blues singer Luther Allison. (The horn section being Michael and Randy Brecker, Lew DelGatto and Bruce Johnstone.) In 1977 Bruce joined The Woody Herman Band and toured and recorded with the band until April 1978.

Since 1978, he has lived and worked in Western N.Y.(primarily Buffalo N.Y. and Erie PA) and maintains a busy concert/clinic schedule including appearances with The Dave Stevens Big Band, The Misery Bay Big Band, The Buffalo Brass, The Erie Philharmonic Pops, The Bemus Bay Pops, his own small groups and with The Don Menza Octet. He is currently Director of Jazz Studies at SUNY Fredonia.

Shades of Brown, Rachael and Christina BrownSaturday, Dec. 27  Shades of Brown.

Sisters and classically trained musicians Rachael and Christina Brown began studying music privately at a young age.  Rachael had a passion for the violin and later mandolin, while Christina took up guitar and later cello and voice.

Both were members of the Erie Junior Phil and EJP String Ensemble among other, independent quartets and trios.  After high school, the two branched out from strictly classical music to Bluegrass, /contemporary Folk and a mix of pop, blues and jazz.  Currently Rachael and Christina are working on writing original material in hopes of recording their own album.
Steve Trohoske
Fri., Jan. 2   Frank Singer & Steve Trohoske.
Bassist Steve Trohoske kicks off 2015 at the Anchor In as Frank’s Special Guest.  Steve is a well- known bassist in Erie, performing and organizing many music events throughout the area and making his mark on the regional music scene.  Steve and Frank have performed together for many years, most recently in the “Tribute to the Cure” event at the King’s Rook Club.  The duo will perform jazz & Latin standards as well as Hard Bop and original music from Steve.
Julio Quesada
Sat., Jan. 3  Julio Quesada & Friends
Local Latin icon Julio Quesada returns to the Anchor In this Saturday, joined by an array of friends and special guests which may include Stiletto vocalist Monica Lewis.  Julio performs with his group Mambo around the area, and was the DJ for WQLN’s local Latin show for many years.  
Harry Jacobson
Fri., Jan 9   Frank Singer & Harry Jacobson
Harry Jacobson studied bass at Oberlin Conservatory, 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.  Harry also strengthened his jazz chops playing with many great jazz expatriates in Paris, as well as continuing experiences with fine musicians in the northwest New York and PA area.

Harry exercises his classical chops as principal bassist for the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Erie Opera Theater, and as a member of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat., Jan 10  Doug Phillips Acoustic
Doug Phillips has performed in the Eastern Great Lakes area as a bassist, guitarist and vocalist for over 25 years.  His band performance credits include Plato’s Cave, Dirty Looks, Darkside,  Hello Kitty Death Squad, Midnight Riders, East Avenue, Eric Brewer & Friends, Nostromos, Small Change, Key West Express, and many others.

Doug has also performed with Reb Beach, Joe Travers, NYC’s Schleigho and Houston’s Hadden Sayers Band.  He has performed with the Rock Erie Awards band for seven years, and is a three-time finalist for Erie’s Favorite Acoustic Performer.
Derf Hopsecger
Fri., Jan 16   Frank Singer & Derf Hopsecger
Derf Hopsecger has been involved with music for nearly five decades.  As a bassist, pianist, synthesis and vocalist he has performed styles as varied as power-trio rock, jazz, classical, big band and opera, with various stops in between.  He has performed at New York City’s legendary Birdland as well as the Chautauqua Institution.  He has sung with the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and the Presque Isle Chorale, accompanied the Lettermen and been a vocal soloist in Joe Negri’s Mass of Hope.
2Blue, Dave VanAmburg & Michael Camp
Sat., Jan 17  2Blue
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, Dave played with Marty O’Conner & Friends and 57 Pickup.  He now returns to his first love of playing music.  

Dave and fellow guitarist/singer Michael Camp blend finger-style guitar work and voices over a range of blues, pop and jazz standards in a way that warms your heart.
JD Jazz & Blues, Joe Dorris & Frank Singer
Fri., Jan. 23  JD Jazz & Blues
JD Jazz & Blues return for their Spring Season debut (of course it’s Spring.  January in Erie!)  They perform jazz, Latin and blues standards for your listening and entertainment pleasure.  Vocalist, harmonica player and drummer Joe Dorris and guitarist Frank Singer draw upon their 35 years of partnership to keep the music flowing and spontaneous every time.  Guests often join in, and no one knows where things will end up going!  Come on in, hang out and have fun as Joe’s lyrics keep you guessing.  Enjoy the great food, service and company offered at the Anchor In.
Rodger Montgomery
Sat., Jan 24  Rodger Montgomery
Nothing but the blues…Rodger Montgomery hits the stage and that’s what you get.  Sweating, shouting, bending a guitar string until it cries, then jumping on a dance tune, whipping a packed bar into a frenzy.  Montgomery knows the blues…hard  times, hard work, no money…good time big-legged women and bottles of beer...man, he doesn’t just know them, he lives them!
Stan Bialomizy
Fri., Jan. 30  Frank Singer & Stan Bialomizy
Jazz sax legend Stan Bialomizy returns for his Spring(!) performance as Frank Singer’s special guest this week at the Anchor In.  Frank and Stan will perform jazz and Latin standards from 6 – 9 p.m. in this no-smoking space with great food, service and company.

Stan’s interjections of stories, jokes and wordplay are legendary, always keeping the music and the performance fresh and spontaneous.  If we’re lucky, he will circulate between sets telling personalized jokes as he goes.  There’s no cover, so come on down and enjoy the great music and eats.
The Four Grads: Stan Bialomizy, Bob Seamans, Barb Schwartz & Carl Hultman
Sat., Jab 31  The Four Grads
The Four Grads return to the Anchor In this Saturday, singing their way into Spring.  Their four-part vocal harmonizations of various styles includes blues, jazz, pop and Western swing as well as the music of the Four Freshmen, the Beach Boys, Manhatten Transfer and the Beatles.  Each member also doubles as an instrumentalist, bringing the guitar, saxophone, bass, banjo and percussion into the mix for an evening of fun and entertainment.  The Four Grads feature Carl Hultman, Stan Bialomizy, Barb Schwartz and Bob Seaman.

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


November 11, 2014