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


Fri., Feb. 27   Frank Singer with saxophonist Phil Popotnik

Phil Popotnik & Frank Singer

Phil Papotnik is known as one of Erie's premier saxophonists.  He is also the founder of Erie’s Raven Sound.  In 1969, Phil and his brother started "Phillippe," a pop-fusion band performing originals.  He has appeared with Marty O’Connor and Dave Blates, the Erie Philharmonic, and performed with several of the tri-state rock and jazz bands including Quintessence, J.D. Blues and Tito, and plays both soprano and tenor saxophone with Cat's a Bear.  Phil has studied with Basil Ronzitti, Carl Adams, David Sublette and Frank Singer. [ Visit Phil's Raven Sound website at www.ravensound.com ]

Sat., Feb. 28   Singer Lydia Marks

Lydia Marks has honed her vocal skills in a multitude of performances throughout the Eastern Great Lakes Region of the United States, as well as rooms in Las Vegas including the Sands, Tropicana, Las Vegas Hilton and The Main Street Station. Lydia's early influences included Julie London, Lena Horn, Helen Forrest, Eydie Gorme, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn, pointing her towards future performances with Oscar Peterson, James Ingram, Carl Fontana, Glenn Smith, and Mickey Finn, as well as stage performances at Caroline's On Broadway, the Gold River Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, and Arizona Charlie's, and musical performances at Chautauqua, the Bourbon Street Cafe, the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, and many local and regional music clubs and festivals in the Eastern Great Lakes Region.
Lydia Marks trio with Harry Jacobson
Lydia Marks’ debut jazz CD "Lovelight Shining" features bassist Harry Jacobson, pianist Don Rebic, woodwind player Bruce Johnstone, drummer John Bacon and guitarist Eric Pearson. The disc features the original Bossa "Lovelight Shining" title track as well as Jazz Standards from the American Songbook. Lydia Marks performed in "TORCH" a musical journey of torch songs with vocalist Barbara Jean at Safenet's Neighborhood Partnership Center sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Council of Erie, Pennsylvania. She also performed as a guest artist teacher for the Pennsylvania Arts in Education Program. Residencies include a performance of The Great Gatsby's Jazz Era Show at the Blasco Auditorium for THE BIG READ a program sponsored by The National Endowment of The Arts.

For more information go to www.lydiamarksjazz.com

Tomy Stefanelli & Frank singerFri., March 6   Frank Singer with bassist Tony Stefanelli

Tony Stefanelli counts Jimmy Manucci and Basil Ronzitti among his first teachers.  He commuted to New York City for several years to pursue studies with Dave Holland after
winning a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  Tony relocated to Detroit, where he performed with several bands including Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones. 

Locally, Stefanelli has performed with such bands as Wave, Angel Fire, Quintessence, J.D. Blues, Tito and Cat's A Bear. In the last ten years Tony has sponsored jazz performances at Romolo Choclates during it's Summer Saturday Concert Series, which has included jazz greats such as Jay Ashby, Bill O'Connell, Tony Monaco, Claire Daly, Cocomama and many
others.  [ World's best chocolate  www.romolochocolates.com ] -

The Monks BrewSat., March 7   The Monk's Brew

The Monk's Brew consists of Dillon Shidemantle (trumpet/flugel/voice), Bobby Lucas (keys), Alex McLaughlin (upright bass), and Michael Hibbler II (drums). The Brew does their own renditions of popular songs, from Van Morrison's "Moondance" to Queen's
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love," as well as original tunes and jazz favorites. The Monk's Brew formed in October 2011 with the idea of building a fresh imagine and  bringing jazz to new audiences.

The band is currently completing a demo recording and has planned an album release in the coming year. The demo and album releases will emphasize The Brew's original work.

Diva Dar & the DufferSat., March 14   Diva Dar & the Duffer

Diva Dar and the Duffer is Darlene Thompson on voice and percussion and Dale Thompson on voice and guitar. The vocal duo's performance repertoire includes Jazz and Latin Standards as well as the music of Norah Jones, John Prine and Nancy Griffith.

The duo has performed throughout the United States including a Western States Tour, a four-year stay in Texas, three years in the Northeastern United States and many years in the Eastern Great Lakes Region.

Fri., March 20   Frank Singer with baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone

Bruce JohnstoneBruce 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 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.

Prior to coming to the States with Ferguson, Bruce had had solid musical careers in Copenhagen Denmark where he played with Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon. London England
where he was a studio musician. Sydney Australia where he was a studio musician and Assistant Musical Director at a prominent Sydney Nightclub called Chequers, and Wellington New Zealand, where he was a member of the NZBC Radio Big Band while still in High School.

2Blue, with Michael Camp & Dave Van AmburgSat., March 21   2Blue, with Dave VanAmburg

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


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]

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.

Sat., April 4   Mike Hampsey & Blues Friends

Fri., April 10   Frank Singer Duo with Steve Trohoske

Sat., April 18   2Blue, Sat. Nite Blues. Pop & More!

Fri., April 24   Frank Singer Duo with Stan Bialomizy

Sat., April 25   Shelly & Seth, Saturday Night Blues

Fri., May 1   Frank Singer Duo with Tim Clarke

Sat., May 2   Carl Hultman & Barb

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


November 11, 2014