Jazz News & Notices

2014-2015 Season Underway

Joe Dorris & Frank SingerThe Anchor In, 3122 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.  Club owner Ryan Newara wants you to have a great experience every time you come!

Drinks and dinner service, NO COVER.  Free parking behind to club.  Check our EVENTS CALENDER for more detailed descriptions .of events and artists.

Fri., Oct. 17  JD Jazz.  Drummer/vocalist/harmonica player Joe Dorris and guitarist/vocalist Frank Singer are at home at the Anchor In.  With the support of club owner Ryan Newara, they are responsible for the weekly jazz & blues agenda at the club, for which we’re all grateful.  They bring their unique conception and jazz chops to the Anchor In stage each month.  JD Jazz has now released three CD’s, more on the way.

2Blue -- Dave VanAmburg & Michael Camp
Sat., Oct. 18  2Blue: Michael Camp & Dave VanAmburg.  A newcomer, or perhaps more accurately a returnee, to the Erie music scene, Dave Van Amburg brings his guitar and vocals and his friend, fellow guitarist/vocalist Michael Camp, to the Anchor In.  Billed as 2Blue, the pair will perform a mix of jazz/blues/pop numbers.  Camp has played music in a variety of genres – folk to disco to soul & rock – and now joins Van Amburg, who returns to music from a 40-year haitus while he started a business (and also started JazzErie), raised a family, earned a living.  Welcome these returnees!

Stan BialomizyFri., Oct. 24  Frank Singer with saxophonist Stan Bialomizy.  Stan Bialomizy is one of Erie’s great saxophonists.  With a Master’s Degree in Music Ed from Columbia, Stan was a leader in New York education circles, teaching at both secondary and The Monk's Brewcollege levels, before his retirement to Erie with wife Betty.  While teaching, Stan retained an active career as a performer and composer.  In addition to local gigs, including with The Four Grads, Stan is currently performing with the NYC-based American Jazz Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

Sat., Oct. 25  The Monk's Brew.  A quartet playing jazz and pop standards in a style oriented toward listeners, this band is rapidly rising in popularity in the Erie area.  Germinated in sessions with classmates at Mercyhurst University, the band persists beyond its origins.Steve Trohoske

Fri., Oct. 31  Frank Singer with bassist Steve Trohoske. Electric bassist Steve Trohoske is one of Erie’s strongest advocates and sparkplugs for jazz, funk, groove, hard bop, avant, jazz/rock, Latin, …you name it, music. And his knowledge and chops are solid across the range.  He has brought a number of Lydia Marksregional and national stars to Erie to join him in performance, including bassist Dwayne Dolphin, drummer G. Calvin Weston, guitarist David Fiuczynski, saxophonist Robbie Edwards, singer/pianist Cheryl Hodge, and many others.  Steve currently serves as Performance Chair for JazzErie.

Sat., Nov. 1  Vocalist Lydia Marks Trio, with pianist Mark DeWalt and bassist Harry Jacobson.  Marks is another returnee to Erie, having established a presence on the Las Vegas club scene, and appeared in venues across the U.S.  Her latest CD, "Lovelight Shining," is titled after an original by Lydia.  One of the fine singers in our area.

Roby Fri., Nov. 7   Frank Singer with Roby "Supersax" Edwards.  A frequent visitor from Pittsburgh, Edwards brings an aggressive swing and maximum presence to his performances here, which in the past year have included appearances at the Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Fest, an Erie Day School fundraiser, and other events. He has performed in 12 countries and recorded as a leader, his most recent CD being “Copacetic,” on the Black & Blue label. 

Sat., Nov. 8  Diva Dar & the Duffer

Fri., Nov. 14 Frank Singer with pianist and singer  Derf Hopsecger

Sat., Nov. 15  2Blue returns.

Fri., Nov. 21  Frank Singer with saxophonist Phil Popotnik.

Sat., Nov. 22  Jerry Gaff, folk and pop singer and guitarrist.

Fri., Nov. 28  JD Jazz & Blues, Frank & Joe.

Sat., Nov. 29  Frank Singer with organist Fred Ardillo.

Fri., Dec. 5  Frank Singer with bassist Tony Stefanelli.





October 2, 2014