Jazz News & Notices


Ryan NewaraANCHOR IN 2015-16 SEASON

Fri. Night Jazz Begins Oct. 2

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.
Initial lineups feature top regional musicians.

  Below is a partial listing of upcoming shows, through November:

Joe Dorris & Frank SingerFri., Oct. 2  JD Jazz & Blues Duo, with guitarist Frank Singer and Joe Dorris, drums,harmonica, vocals

JD Jazz & Blues return for their Fall Season debut Frank & Joe 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.

A sample of Frank, solo guitar, "Fly Me To The Moon."

Bruce JohnstoneFri., Oct. 9, Frank Singer Duo with saxophonist Bruce Johnstone.  Back in action!! 

We welcome Bruce, a great musician who has settled in our region, on his return to the Anchor In following his recovery from surgery.

Bruce was born on Sept 1st 1943 in Wellington New Zealand.  His 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 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.

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.  Below, his classic "Stay Loose With Bruce" with the Maynard Ferguson Band.


Tim ClarkeFri., Oct. 16, Frank Singer Duo with trumpeter Tim Clarke. A returning favorite.

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.

Sat., Oct. 17, JD Blues, with Frank & Joe.

Another performance by these great local jazzmen, this time with an emphasis on Blues.

Stan BialomizyFri., Oct. 23, 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 the New York City-based American Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

Tony Stefanelli with Frank Singer Fri., Oct. 30, Frank Singer with electric bassist and host of the great Romolo Chocolates music series, Tony Stefanelli.

This evening begins two weeks featuring electric bass jazz, with two accomplished regional stars.

Bassist Tony Stefanelli has been a long time musical associate of Frank Singer, notably in earlier iterations of the band Cats A Bear, as well as other groups, Tony and Frank bring a rich history of music in Erie to the Anchor In stage.  Tony's supportive, flexible accompaniment has been appreciated by the many  musicians who have worked with him, and his creative, heartfelt solos always ring true.

Though lately best known to Erie jazz fans for his sponsorship of the outstanding Romolo Chocolates Summer Music Series, which displays Tony's great taste and entrepreneurial bravery in choosing terrific, entertaining musical programs for these concerts, Tony can bring his own considerable skills to the performance stage as well



Fri., Nov. 6,  Frank Singer with bassist Steve Trohoske

Fri., Nov. 13, Frank Singer with trumpeter Jeff Gibbens

Fri., Nov. 20, Frank Singer with the Derf Hopsecger Quartet

Fri., Nov. 27, JD Jazz & Blues.

August 22, 2015