Jazz News & Notices
ERIE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF RECORDED JAZZ
Concert Season for 2017
On March 6th, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band released 'Dixie Jass Band One Step' and 'Livery Stable Blues' for the Columbia Gramophone Company. These sides became hits and gave Americans across the country their first taste of America's original art form, jazz. "Erie Celebrates 100 Years of Recorded Jazz" is a year long celebration of the music that followed this inauguration, presented by JazzErie, the sponsors listed below, and the Pennsylvania Partnership for the Arts...
SAVE THESE DATES!!! (Note changes from previous posting.)
Thurs., May 11 JazzErie's "Next Generation" Concert 6:00 p.m.,Gen. McLane High School, Rte.99, Edinboro. Area high school jazz bands made up of student musicians, plus a band of regional professionals, play stage band arrangements. Guest artist: clarinetist/saxophonist Sal Andolina, Suggested donation $5, students free. Co-sponsored by participating band boosters and Gen. McLane H.S.
Sat., June 17 JazzErie's Jazz & Blues Walk Starting with a reception and concert at the Erie Art Museum, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.great regional bands will perform at downtown Erie venues until midnight. Bands will play jazz from different eras: (swing, bebop, fusion, traditional, etc.) in keeping the theme of "Erie Celebrates...." Event is In partnership with participating venues. Suggested Donation $15.
Tues., June 20 "Thumbscrew," with guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. 8:00 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St. Co-sponsored by JazzErie.
Fri., Aug. 4 WQLN Sounds Around Concert: re-creation of "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert, with regional musicians burning up the evening air. 7:00 p.m. WQLN Studio, 8425 Peach St. Free. Co-sponsored with WQLN and Local 17, AFM.
Weds., Sept. 6 Tom Rainey Trio, with Ingrid Laubrach - reeds, Mary Halvorson - guitar and Tom Rainey - drums. PASCA, 1505 State St. 8:00 p.m. Donation encouraged.
Fri., Oct. 6 Singer Vanessa Rubin and saxophonist Don Braden 8:00 p.m., Erie Art Museum. Suggested donation $20 general admission, $15 JazzErie members. Co-sponsored with Erie Art Museum.
Sat., Oct. 28 Erie Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, featuring Chris Brubeck Quartet. 8:00 p.m., Warner Theater. Ticket information at www.eriephil.org or call (814) 455-1375. Co-sponsored by JazzErie.
Fri., Nov. 17 Bobby Selvaggio and Red Rhinoscerous. 8:00 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum, 5th St. entrance. Suggested donation $20 general admission, $15 JazzErie members. Co-sponsored by the Erie Art Museum.
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The precise origins of the music we call jazz are obscure. What is well understood is that an amalgam of African percussion and chants, celebratory funeral marches, syncopated ragtime, Creole dance music laced with improvisation, and other musical fodder was passed around among musicians and was in the air in New Orleans and other cities in the nineteen-teens.
But the earliest commercially released recordings (a novel technology at that time) identified as Jazz (or Jass) can be identified and dated -- in 1917. Ironically, they featured white musicians. The Bolden Band, shown at right, was one of many earlier black and Creole groups. At one point the Bolden band included a young Louis Armstrong. Pianist Jelly Roll Morton also laid claim to originating jazz, and early recordings certainly bear out his contributions to a rhythmic "swing" feel in his music.
Improvisation and swing.
From these widespread experiments emerged a style of group improvisation, now called "Dixieland," and soon transplanted northward to Chicago and other cities across the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest, as the Great Migration brought black Americans and others to employment and fewer restrictions that in the South., Hastened by the developing technologies of phonograph records and radio, this new musicc, which involved improvisatory, rhythmic drive and nuance, rooted in many cultures, was called "jazz," and was promulgated across the U.S. In a very short period of time, it found an enthusiastic audience and dancers in new generations if the '20's, '30's and '40's.
During these decades, the music evolved rapidly, into swing, big band, "hot" and "cool" styles, and much more. Some styles were marked by their association with particular cities or regions ("Chicago," "Kansas City," "West Coast, "Afro-Cuban"), some by unique harmonic/rhythmic approaches (be-beop< fusion).. We won't try to cover it all. But we will provide some great samples.
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May 11 JazzErie's "Next Generation" Concert Ger. McLane High School, Rte. 99, Edinboro. The largest non-competitive high school jazz festival in Northwest Pennsylvania, this annual.concert features student musicians in regional high school jazz bands, with an enthusiastic audience of classmates and friends, family, faculty members, and jazz fans.
Established by former band directors John Marszalek and Chuck Lute, the early evening concert also features a professional big band, composed of top area professional musicians. Our guest artist this year will be clarinetist/saxophonist Sal Andolina.
Soloist Andolina is a well known reeds player and educator, liiving in the Buffalo area. He has played in venues across the U.S., including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and toured Japan in 2007. He is a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, playing clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone.
In the jazz world, Andolina has worked with Doc Severenson's band, singers Natalie Cole and Nancy Wilson, and with guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, along with many others. He appeared in Erie last year with the Erie Chamber Orchestra celebrating the work of Benny Goodman, with whom Andolina studied as a young man. Andolina will be accompanied by the prestigious Misery Bay Big Band, a top local professional group.
Students learning the language of jazz! Come prepared for a full evening of music and fun. Suggested donation $5, students free.
June 17 JazzErie's Jazz & Blues Walk 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum, pther downtown venues until midnight.
Beginning with a reception and live music at the Erie Art Museum, this event presents jazz at seven downtown Erie venues. Following through on our theme, the music at each venue will feature a different era or style of jazz music: be-bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, fusion, traditional, etc.
The band performing at the Erie Art Museum reception will be the Bruce Johnstone Trio, featuring intermationally (and locally!) revered baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone, who made his name as a soloist with the Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman big bands, and with smaller ensembles alongside the best instrumentalists and vocalists in the world.
Donation of $15 suggested, for a bracelet entitling you to refreshments and beverage at the reception, plus admission to all venues. Busses available if you tire of walking. Excellent music, excellent company, a chance to enjoy a fine evening in downtown Erie. As the event approaches, bracelets will be available at Romolo Chocolates, 1525 W. 8th St.
Tues., June 20 "Thumbscrew," 8:00 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St.
"Completely democratic, both in terms of compositions and in playing, the threesome brings [Halvorson] together with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, perfectly simpatico playmates...The interplay on Thumbscrew is super, and the tunes are suitably germinative. Halvorson.is on such a tear it's hilarious.4 1/2 stars"
Ms. Halvorson is best known for her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and more recently for her solo guitar project, Meltframe. She has several other projects as a bandleader including a quintet, septet and octet. Collaborative projects include a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara) and Secret Keeper (with Stephan Crump). Ms. Halvorson is also an active member of bands led by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.
August 4 WQLN Sounds Around Town State St/Concert: Re-creation of "Jazz at the Philharmonic." 7:00 p.m., WQLN Studios, 8425 Peach St. FREE!, Co-sponsored by WQLN and JazzErie, with support from Local 17, AF of M..
This concert will be a re-creation of the legendary "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concerts produced by jazz impresario Norman Granz and featuring a stellar rhythm section and a collection of the best soloists of the day. These occasional concerts began in 1946 and extended into the 1960's..
Our concert, in the same free-wheeling spirit, will combine a fine local rhythm section and some of the best soloists in the area.
On Thursday, Sept. 6, the Tom Rainey Trio will perform at PACA, 1505 State St. for an 8:00 p.m. concert.
The trio features Ingrid Laubach on reeds, Rainey on drums, and Mary Halvorson on guitar, Donation encouraged. More information to come. More experimental jazz at PACA!
October 6 Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden Erie Art Museum, 5th St. entrance, 8:00 p.m., Suggested donation $20, JazzErie members $15. Co-ssponsored with the Erie Art Museum.
Cleveland-born, now internationally famous vocalist Vanessa Rubin will join saxophonist Don Braden and others for a performance at the Erie Art Museum on Oct. 6.
After establishing her reputation in the Cleveland area, Vanessa moved to NYC in 1986 and soon was playing regular gigs with Kenny Barron, Mercer Ellington and others. She is also a certified teacher by profession and a jazz educator. She has been an adjudicator for the Thelonious Monk Institute and Jazz At Lincoln Center. Her latest recording, with Braden, is titled "Full Circle."
Don Braden has been a jazz soloist and leader for 30+ years. He has made 19 CD's as a leader, has worked with Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes and many others.
Nov. 17 Bobby Selvaggio and Red Rhinocerous. 8:00 p.m., Erie Art Museum, 5th St. entrance.. Following a career in NYC, where he played with many notables, and garnered accolades from fellow saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Kenny Werner, Selvaggio returned to NE Ohio to direct the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University. He has formed and played with a number of groups in the region. His latest is a revival of his band Red Rhinocerous.
Suggested donation $20; JazzErie membeers $15.
WE WELCOME YOUR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THESE EVENTS. WE'RE EXCITED BY THE SERIES, AND BY THE QUALITY OF THE EVENTS LISTED ABOVE. We appreeciate the originality and hard work of JazzErie President Allen Zurcher and the JazzErie Performance Committee in assemboing this outstanding lineup of concerts. We appreciate the support we have received from many sources, including out Members. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.
If you have questions, please contact me at 814/923-4101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Dick Thompson
January 22, 2017