Jazz News & Notices

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

The 2014-2015 Season is Underway

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

Friday, Nov. 14  Frank Singer with Derf Hopsecger.

Derf Hopsecger has been involved with music for nearly five decades. As a bassist, pianist, synthesist 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 Presque Isle Chorale, accompanied The Lettermen and been a vocal soloist in Joe Negri’s Mass of Hope.

As a composer he has composed and recorded the soundtracks for a number of projects at WQLN Television in Erie, Pennsylvania. These include ‘Unforgettable Erie’, ‘Remembering Erie’and ‘Pennsylvania Behind Bars’, which was nominated for a regional Emmy Award.

He has studied piano locally with Vienna Cocuzzi & Basil Ronzitti and voice with Susan Huster. Current involvements include Karis –a 9 voice ensemble at Grace Church Erie, The Erie Opera Theatre and the DH Jazz Express.
2Blue, Dave Van Amburg & Michael Camp
Saturday, Nov. 15  2Blue, Saturday Night Blues, Jazz & Pop

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.
Phil Popotnik & Frank Singer
Friday, Nov. 21  Frank Singer with saxophonist Phil Popotnik.

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 ]
Jerry Gaff
Saturday, Nov. 22  Singer/songwriter Jerry Gaff.

Singer/songwriter Jerry Gaff has been delighting Erie audiences for over 10 years.  He brings to the stage a unique blend of fingerstyle/slide guitar, folk, blues, rock, and country that runs the range of his own poignant stories of life to many of the old cover songs that are loved so well. He developed his own style and tastes through the influence of such diverse musicians as Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Lightfoot, Leo Kottke and John Mellencamp and brings his own distillation of those artists to each of his performances.

Jerry's new CD Sojourn is now available on CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/jerrygaff

JD Jazz & Blues, Joe Dorris & Frank SingerFriday, Nov. 28  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.
Fred Ardillo 
Saturday, Nov. 29  Frank Singer with Fred Ardillo, Hammond B-3 Organist.

Fred Ardillo has played music for most of his life. Fred studied with local legend Basil Ronzitti, received a Music Composition and Theory Degree from Penn State University, and continued studies with Bob Winter (Boston Pops) and the great Charlie Banacos. Fred also pursued Great American Songbook studies with Rock Wehrmann and Helen Welch, and currently studies with the amazing Tony Monaco.

Fred has performed throughout his career in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Boston and surrounding areas, and Ohio. Fred currently performs as a soloist and leader throughout the area.

Tony Stefanelli & Frank SingerFriday, Dec. 5  Frank Singer with electric 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 ]

Amy SchallenbergerSaturday, Dec. 6   Amy Shallenberger.

Amy 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.

Friday, Dec. 12  JD Jazz & Blues.

JD Jazz and Blues hosts this Friday evening at the Anchor In, with Joe Dorris on vocals and harmonica, and Frank Singer on guitar. The duo will perform Jazz and Latin standards, Blues and whatever else might strike the mood. Guests often join in so you never quite know what, or who, to expect, but it's always fun and entertaining, and danceable (just ask our dancing regulars!) Frank sometimes includes a Looper, adding a layer of music as though a second guitar comes on the scene for each tune, and of course, Joe's lyrical improvisation is without equal.

Saturday, Dec. 13  Mike & Denny Blues Duo.

Mike & Denny Blues Duo 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.

November 11, 2014