Jazz News & Notices


Anchor In owner Ryan Newara


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.
Lineups feature top regional musicians:


Claire DalyFri., April 29 & Sat., April 30 --Baritone Saxophone Star Claire Daly at the Anchor In!!

Playing with guitarist Frank Singer, Award-winning recording artist, composer and educator Claire Daly brings her Baritone Saxophone to the Anchor In for the final Spring Season Weekend. This is a special two-night event presenting this lyrical and commanding saxophone talent.

Claire hails from Yonkers, NY, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and now lives and works in NYC. She is internationally known as a unique and special voice on the Bari, recording a number of CDs as a leader  and headlining at major jazz events, including Monterey Jazz Festival, KC Rhythm‘n Ribs Fest and the Pittsfield Jazz Festival.

The Anchor In presents Claire Daly for two special shows, joined by guitarist Frank Singer. There is no cover charge, no smoking anywhere in the building, and free parking. It is suggested that you make your reservations early. Call 814-833-1212. Don't miss this special event!


Claire Daly grew up in Yonkers, NY, affording her access to many jazz greats performing live in NYC. Her father supported her enthusiasm about the music and brought her to many live shows including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Benny Goodman and more. At the same time, she was hearing contemporary music with her peers at venues like The Schaeffer Music Festivals in Central Park. Her taste runs from the classics through the avant garde, and Claire still believes in the importance of hearing live music regularly.

She graduated Berklee College of Music as an alto player and traveled on the road with both jazz and rock bands, but her life changed significantly the first time she played a baritone sax. It happened to be the first horn Howard Johnson had owned, for sale by a mutual friend. "It was an epiphany. I felt like, There I am – this is my voice." Claire hasn’t looked back and has become a well known, leading voice on the big horn.


Her first CD as a leader was released on Koch Jazz in 1999. "Swing Low" was received very warmly. Claire was nominated by the Jazz Journalist Association for "Best New Artist of the Year" and Swing Low was subsequently added to a listening station in the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, AK as a CD significant to the President while in office. Since then, she has been a winner/nominee of many critic and reader polls and has won the JJA Baritone Saxophonist of the Year award.

"The Mary Joyce Project was composed by Claire and Steve Hudson. It is music dedicated to her father’s cousin - Mary Joyce – who traveled by dogsled from Juneau to Fairbanks AK, solo, in unchartered territory, in 1934/35. Mary is an American hero and an Alaskan legend. Adventurous women run in the family. The piece premiered in Juneau. Claire has always liked a good theme and Mary made an unforgettable impression on her as a child when she came to stay with the Daly family.

Back to New York.
Her move back home to New York from Boston was the beginning of her playing extensively as a freelance musician in NY. She struck up a lifetime collaboration with pianist/composer Joel Forrester (composer of the theme for "Fresh Air" w Terry Gross on NPR). Their band "People Like Us" released 5 CDs on Koch Jazz and they continue to play and record 25 years later. She was the original baritone player in the Diva Big Band, anchoring it’s section for the first 7 years as well as doing multiple recordings as a side person (Taj Mahal, George Garzone, many more) and leading her own groups. Some projects include "Movin’ On", "Heaven Help Us All", "The Honorable Hustlers" w beat boxer Napoleon Maddox, "Speak, Spake, Spoke" with wordslinger Kirpal Gordon, "Scaribari", "Rah Rah – a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk" and "The Mary Joyce Project".

In 2012, The North Coast Brewing Co. in California produced a CD for Claire called "Baritone Monk" to promote their "Brother Thelonious Ale". It was on the Jazzweek Charts for 24 weeks – 9 of which were top ten. This led to headlining at the Monterey Jazz Festival, KC Rhythm‘n Ribs Fest, Pittsfield Jazz Festival and more in addition to touring the United States with the quartet.

Current Projects.

Her most current project is called "2648 West Grand Boulevard" and features jazz versions of Motown tunes from the Detroit years. It’s on the Glass Beach Jazz label, produced by Doug Moody. This CD is very close to Claire’s heart. It is likely that the first live music she heard was when she was under 10 years old. Her father asked to bring the kids in for a minute to hear The Supremes at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The music and the spectacle were deeply influential to Claire, who grew up listening to the Motown sound as the soundtrack of her early years.

She continues to live in New York City, travel, teach (Jazz at Lincoln Center MSJA, Litchfield Jazz Camp), give clinics, teach privately and tour. Performing, listening, learning and mentoring young players are Claire’s musical goals.


"Unless you've been comatose these past few years you must be aware that Claire Daly has established herself as one of our most compelling and creative voices on the baritone saxophone. And Heaven Help Us All, her third CD as a leader, will only serve to reinforce that status. Programmed with wit and intelligence, this new release has enough "concept" to lend it a sense of overall coherence, and enough stylistic variety to reveal Daly's range and versatility."
-- Bob Bernotas, JazzImprov Magazine

 "...She is the most lyrical baritonist performing, and that is no small feat.   Movin' On is a really superb recording
 from the ground up." -- C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com

 "...remarkable sound, clear and sweet and filled w/ harmonic devices. Claire ranks among the best of today's contemporary baritone saxophone players." -- Lee Prosser  

"...A supple tone and a strong command of the horn and the modern mainstream" -- Neil Tesser, Jazziz Magazine

 "... She can combine bebop phrasing with a big barking R&B tone...Jazz could use more like her" -- Kevin Whitehead,
Chicago Reader

 "...Daly is clearly one of the most talented baritone saxophonists to come along in some years..." -- Jack Bowers,

 "...Movin' On, while addressing loss, more importantly emphasizes the  rejuvenating omnipresence of life." -- Don Williamson, Jazzreview.com

 "...She is definitely the baritone saxophone talent to watch." -- Paul DeBarros, Downbeat


August 22, 2015