Music & Events

Every Fri. & Sat., 6 - 9:00 p.m.

Anchor In owner Ryan Newara

THE ANCHOR IN, 3122 West Lake St.

The Anchor In, 3122 West Lake Rd.(rear entrance behind Oasis Pub), continues to host great jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m..  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.  Free parking.  No smoking.

Joe Dorris & Frank SingerFri., Jan. 29 --JD Jazz and Blues (Joe Dorris and Frank Singer) FRIDAY NIGHT 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.

Pink CadillacSat., Jan. 30. --  Pink Cadillac SATURDAY NIGHT POP, JAZZ and MORE!!!

Pink Cadillac is an Erie-based band of five musicians playing classic rock and pop from the 60’s to the present. The music is light with a smooth jazz twist that’s perfect for any occasion or event — parties, happy hours, conventions, weddings, festivals, fairs, concerts, dinners, banquets and fundraisers — you name it. The groups consists of keyboards, guitar, drums, harmonica and vocals, but for smaller spaces and intimate venues the band travels lite. A large and diverse song selection includes All Right Now, Heard It Thru The Grapevine, I Shot The Sheriff, Smooth Operator, Superstition, Happy by Pharrell Williams and of course, Pink Cadillac.

For more information and bookings, contact Jim Madden at 814.455.7460 or

James MaddenFriday, February 5, Frank Singer Duo with pianist Jim Madden  FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ!!

Pianist James Madden returns as Frank Singer's special guest this Friday, performing Jazz and Latin standards and basically having fun! Jim is a well-known and admired player in the Erie Jazz scene and he will delight and entertain you as you enjoy the great food, service and company at the Anchor In. There's no cover and no smoking, just good times!

814-833-1212 for reservations
Free parking lot in back

James Madden, one of the area’s finest jazz piano players, has been a professional musician and music instructor for over 20 years. Classically trained, he studied music at Edinboro University. His own jazz style was developed and nurtured by some of the region’s most talented and accomplished artists, including Floyd Williams at Allegheny College and Basil Ronzitti.  

James has performed as a solo artist and as a member of both small and large ensembles.  His mix of jazz, jazz standards, and contemporary and classical music are indicative of his wide repertoire and natural talent. James is a frequent contributor to the Erie jazz scene, and he particularly enjoys encouraging his students on their own musical journeys and pathways.   

Studio: 814-455-7460

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Following is an article about Madden written by former JazzErie President and WQLN jazz radio host Al Lubiejewski


The creative rush drives Jim Madden like a leased Maserati on the German autobahn.  In fact, Madden’s so artistic that he even ties his shoes with a jumble of intricate sailor’s knots. Whatever he tackles, though, from slapping on his shoes to making music to broadcasting jazz to writing sonnets to building houses, he brands each with his ingenuity.

Madden was born in Erie and took his first piano lesson when he was eight.  Although Madden liked the piano, he didn’t dig his regimented lessons.  “The teacher wasn’t very good because she didn’t allow me to be creative.  I wanted to bang out some new chords but that wasn’t part of her plan.”

But Madden continued plodding through routine lessons until his freshman year at McDowell when he was struck by musical lightening.  One night, while attending a school concert, he chanced upon the inspired revelry of pianist John Novello and his band C.J. Bri – a rock band similar to Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  Madden was so wowed by Novello’s technique – which included a big dose of improvisation – that he begged John to show him the ropes.

Over the next few years, Madden not only soaked up everything Novello taught but had a ball doing it.  But one day Novello broke to Madden the bittersweet news that he was moving to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music.  Madden was stunned at losing his mentor.  “But John told me not to worry.  He told me to go see Basil Ronzitti, the man who had been teaching him for years.  So I went.  My first lesson with Basil, I felt right at home.  I knew I had done the right thing.”

From Novello to Ronzitti, however, Madden learned more than just how to play, write and arrange music – he grasped the worth of sharing his talent with others.  “I’m now doing for others what Basil did for me.”  “In order to keep it, you must give it away.” Madden has been teaching piano over 15 years, and he beams when he tells of his own students competing in music events and of former students returning to sing their successes.

However, Madden’s creativity isn’t sapped by music and teaching.  He also does woodworking and remodeled his attic at his former house into a music studio, and subsequently completely remodeled his current digs into a space out of Architectural Digest.  He works hard on a college textbook that will someday help students learn to play the piano.  And he has written a comedy play about the ironies of studying music.

In addition, some years back, Madden and his long-time friend, Chuck Suerken, hosted WQLN FM’s Friday night “Jazz Club.”  Under their direction, the 90 minute show, in addition to sporting some great recorded jazz, showcased some witty bandy between them on topics from Erie City Council’s skunk and woodchuck nightmares and Penndot’s pothole hotline to Bogart’s wry characters in “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “The African Queen.”  Their banter was pretty much all improvised – a kind of Ken Nordine “word jazz,” tongue-deep-in-cheek, relentless comedy routine.  Basically, it was smooth jazz for the tonsils.

But Madden’s always learned from everything he’s done, stored it on his clipboard, and moved on to new challenges.  Some years back, he married vocalist Marilyn Livosky, who helped him remodel his life and their beautiful home we’ve just mentioned.  Madden is not only busy teaching music, but he performs regularly at various venues, from outdoor concerts to private clubs to area establishments.  The Jim Madden Jazz Quartet appears each Friday night at the Papermoon Restaurant and Jazz Club in downtown Erie, one of the rare places that pays homage to the art of jazz.  Madden couldn’t be more thrilled to work there, especially with such consummate musicians as Dave Blaetz on bass, Matt Ferguson on drums, and Alan Zurcher on saxophone.  Madden is equally skilled playing classical piano.  He has performed with chamber orchestras and, most recently, as the guest pianist with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.   

It seems everything Madden touches turns into either prose, poetry, rhythm, harmony, laughter, or a pile of sawdust, but usually all of the above.  Fortunately, whatever he touches also frequently turns into a work of art.

Julio QuezadaSat., Feb. 6 - Julio Quezada & Friends.  SATURDAY NIGHT LATIN!!

Latin guitarist and vocalist Julio Quezada has been a Latin music mainstay in Erie for many years. His popular group Mambo has entertained many fun-loving audiences over the years, and many may remember hearing Julio on WQLN as the Latin DJ, spinning some of the best Latin cuts around. Friends can include members of Mambo, including Stilletto Star Monica Lewis, Doug Russell, and Tony Cruz, and an assortment of other musicians who have enjoyed playing with Julio during his days here in Erie.

More about Mambo:

Mambo is an ensemble of northwest Pennsylvania’s most skilled musicians, joining to create an irresistibly danceable sound that blends traditional and contemporary Latin music with Latin-infused rock, pop and jazz classics. Audiences can’t help but move their feet to the music of Mambo, while the band plays everything from Santana to the Beatles to traditional Latin standards like "Sway" and "Besame Mucho," as well as several of the band’s original songs since 2001.  Mambo is led by Julio Quezada on Spanish guitar and features Doug Russell on bass, Tony Cruz on bongos and percussion, and Monica Lewis on vocals.  If the venue accommodates a bigger sound, the band also includes Julie VonVolkenburg on keyboards, Dave Rodrigez on timbales and Jeremy Cruz on percussion.

Dave VanAmburg & FriendsSat., Feb. 13 -- Dave VanAmburg and Friends SATURDAY NIGHT POP, BLUES and MORE!!!

Dave VanAmburg and Friends take over the Anchor In every second Saturday of the month, bringing you good music, good vibes and fun entertainment. Dave and his guests perform Blues, Pop and Jazz Standards for your listening and entertainment pleasure.

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.

Derf HopsecgerFri., Feb. 19 -- Frank Singer Duo wsg Derf Hopsecger FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ!!!

Pianist Derf Hopsecger is guitarist Frank Singer's special guest this Friday, keeping the jam going at the Anchor In. Derf belongs to Erie's multi-instrumentalists, playing bass guitar and singing as well as playing piano as he will this evening. This piano/guitar duo with over 90 years of combined musical experience will perform Jazz and Latin standards from their extensive repertoire.

Derf HopsecgerDerf 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.

B.D. Lenz album cover Fri., Feb. 26 -- Frank Singer Duo wsg B.D. Lenz FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ!!!

East Coast guitarist B.D. Lenz joins fellow guitarist Frank Singer for an evening of Jazz and Latin standards at the Anchor In. Lenz is on tour and we are lucky to have him dropping in on us here in Erie, and providing the opportunity for two Charlie Banacos guitar students to compare notes!

Lenz is an accomplished recording artist and solo guitarist and is currently touring with his band across the United States. His fluid style and rich sound will make it well worth the visit.

Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have the recipe for contemporary jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens and studied with Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos. He has released 8 highly-acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring greats Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, & Mark Egan. In addition to leading his own highly acclaimed bands, B.D. Lenz plays solo guitar with a repertoire that spans Jazz standards, Bossa Novas and pop classics.

Lenz's music has been featured in hundreds of TV shows globally including "Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Catfish" (MTV), and "Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations" (Travel Channel). This Godin-endorsed guitarist has performed thousands of shows internationally, keeping the audience on their feet whether playing jazz, fusion, or jam.

B.D. Lenz WebSite:

Ernie KrivdaFri., March 4 -- Frank Singer Duo with renowned saxophonist Ernie Krivda. FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ!!!

Award-winning Jazz legend Ernie Krivda is the featured artist this Friday at the Anchor In, performing Jazz and Latin standards with guitarist Frank Singer. Ernie's "ravishing and distinctive sound"* and incredible facility merge with unceasing creativity to bring you a unique experience in music. This performer, instructor, composer and recording artist has over 30 albums to his credit and is known throughout the Jazz world as one of the best tenor men ever. It is supurb to have Ernie bring his talent to Erie; it's an experience NOT to miss! Make your reservations, have some great food for dinner, relax, sit back and enjoy your favorite beverage as Ernie Krivda delights and entertains you. There's no cover charge, no smoking in the building and free parking in the back.

814-833-1212 for reservations

Ernie Krivda"Ernie Krivda is one of the best jazz tenor sax men in the world..."
- Harvey Pekar

“No doubt about it, Ernie Krivda is one of the originals of the tenor saxophone” wrote Bill Donaldson for Cadence Magazine about the legendary jazz musician whose 6th decade on the music scene is already filled with a variety of accomplishment. The tenor saxophonist is regarded by critics such as the late Harvey Pekar as "one of the best jazz tenor men in the world". The composer has written countless compositions in multiple genres. The recording artist has well over thirty albums released on a number of record labels with more on the way. The teacher has former students performing and recording all over the world.

In 2009 Ernie Krivda received the Cleveland Arts Prize award for lifetime achievement in music and the lifetime of achievement continues. Krivda who has recently won the Jazz Legends award from Cleveland's Tri-C jazz Festival and a CPAC (Community Partnership of Arts and Culture) Fellowship worth twenty thousand dollars, continues with great energy and passion career that spans over 50 years.

“Ernie Krivda almost blew the sun out of the sky...still at the top of his game..." -  Detroit Metro Times

The journey in music that began under his musician father Lou's influence from almost birth to his tutelage at age 6 has taken him from polka bands in his early teens, classes at The Cleveland Institute of Music, the bands of Cleveland greats Eddie Bachus and Bill DeArango in the jazz clubs of Cleveland, to a life in music that includes the mentorship of Cannonball Adderley, tours with Quincy Jones, performances with musicians such as Ell Fitzgerald, Phil Woods, Sarah Vaughn, Buddy DeFranco, Groove Holmes, Terry Gibbs, John Faddis, The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, David Sanborn, Jackie Wilson and concerts with his own groups at Jazz Clubs and Festivals all over the world.

The musical journey goes on with a new recording for Capri records on the horizon in 2015 and touring that will give audiences an opportunity to hear "The sound that sets him apart" (Applegate music review), and the musician that the venerable Jazz Journal (of the UK) calls "both classic and brand new" .........The Legend Continues....! Krivda_Biography1

"[Ernie] brandishes one of the most ravishing and distinctive sounds in music - a vibrant, rawboned tone colored by an impassioned vibrato."*
- David Dupont, One Final Note, Jazz & Improvised Music Webzine


September 3, 2015