Music & Events

2013 Jazz & Blues Walk
Saturday, July 13

2013 Jazz & Blues Walk logo7:00 p.m. until midnight +

Put on your walking shoes!  Erie's unique local jazz event will feature  9 great bands at 9 venues in downtown Erie -- a cornucopia of great music for just $10.  Buttons for admission can be purchased at Romolo Chocolates, the Erie Art Museum, or at the Erie Art Museum Patio on the evening of the event.

Purchase of a $10 Jazz & Blues Walk button entitles you to:
* A reception with free hors d'oeuvres and beer or other beverage at the Erie Art Museum, accompanied by the music of an Erie original, The Heliotropes.
* Ten additional jazz and blues bands, scheduled throughout the evening at ten downtown restaurants and clubs.
* Free charter trolley/bus transportation between venues if your feet get tired.
* A chance to mingle and gab with other jazz & blues fans and music lovers.
* Reduced price JazzErie membership fee with purchase of a button for first-time members.                                                                                                                   

  *2 for 1 ticket deal for Erie Phil Arturo Sandoval concert in October.  Save your button!
* You'll get a program with updated schedule of activities and a map with your button purchase.
* A great time!!!


Time                         Place                                   Music By

7:00-8:00 p.m.       Erie Art Museum                Original music by The Heliotropes
                                 (5th St. between
                                 State & French)

8:00-10:30 p.m.     Pufferbelly Restaurant      Charles Ventrello Quartet, with Katie Chriest
                                 414 French St.                   

8:00-11:00 p.m.     Under the Clock                 Jim Madden Trio, with Marilyn Livosky
                                  716 State St.                    

7:30-10:30 p.m.      Docksider Tavern              Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle
                                  1015 State St.

8:00-11:00 p.m.       Urraro Gallery                    Mark DeWalt Trio
                                   135 W. 14th St.

9:00-12 midnite       BrewErie at Union Sta.    The Four Grads
                                   123 W. 14th St.

9:00-12 midnite       1201 Kitchen                      Lydia Marks and Vinny Stefanelli
                                    1201 State St.                   

9:00-12 midnite      Erie Ale House                   Chris Dempsey Quartet
                                  1033 State St.

9:00-12 midnite      Scotty's Jazz & Cigars        Steve Trohoske and Bass Universe                                 

                                   301 German                                                                                                                                                                                         


(Note: Schedule is subject to change.)

About The Artists:
Sheldon Peterson and Katie Chriest
THE HELIOTROPES, who will accompany your refreshments at the Erie Art Museum's light-filled atrium entrance on 5th St., are a one-of-a-kind creation by singer Katie Chriest, guitarist Sheldon Peterson, and bassist David Blaetz, supplemented for the past year by violinist Abby Badach.  The book is mostly originals, with words from Katie's pen and arrangements woven from band members' ideas.  It's a tight, engaging weave: each person in this group's specialty is making every other sound better.  The results are honest, consistently interesting music: direct, sophisticated, accessible.  Romantic?  Yeah, but not bland - and it's beautiful.

THE CHARLES VENTRELLO QUARTET, this year featuring singer KATIE CHRIEST, will be heard at the Pufferbelly Restaurant. Ventrello, dean of Erie's cadre of great tenor saxophonists, is heard all too rarely these days, but is a fixture of the Jazz Walk.  He has been part of the fabric of jazz in Erie since before JazzErie was conceived.  He was one of the organization's organizers, and continues as facilitator of the monthly Jazz Discussion Group.  And he's a monster musician.  He'll be joined in this performance by singer Katie Chriest (see above).  They will be backed by drummer Carl Alanakian, who made his bones as a top line jazz and show drummer in Moscow before settling with his wife in Erie, plus Meadville keyboard artist Dan Hallett, and local bassist Dick Thompson.
Marilyn Livosky
  THE JIM MADDEN TRIO, featuring MARILYN LIVOSKY, will hold forth Under the Clock.  Madden, a long time favorite pianist among Erie musicians, leads with a lively flow of inventive ideas, swing, and a clear pianistic sound.  Marilyn, Jim's wife, brings her deep knowledge and love of the American songbook.  Backing the two will be the exceptional talents of drummer Sonny Froman -- a returnee to northwest PA from Hawaii, where he enjoyed a career as one of Honolulu's top drummers, working for 20 years with Islands legend Don Ho.  Sonny now teaches and operates a music store in Corry. Upright bassist Ed Hallihan, a great accompanist and master soloist from Youngstown, will complete the trio.
Lydia Marks
  RON YAROSZ & THE VEHICLE will be at the Docksider from 7:30 -- 10:30 p.m.  

THE MARK DEWALT TRIO, a new addition to the Jazz & Blues Walk roster, will be featured at Urraro Gallery, also a new addition to the Walk's outstanding array of venues.  Mark, a potter, builder, musician lives near Grove City, PA, and has been playing to rave reviews in the west central and Meadville areas for 25 years, with occasional excursions to Erie.  He is fluent in a wide range of styles. He leads a band, Castro, and has toured South Africa and Scandinavia in eearlier years.

  Vocalist LYDIA MARKS and acoustic guitarist VINNY STEFANELLI will provide a menu of jazz, standards and show tunes at the 1201 Kitchen, an acoustically comfortable and friendly venue.  Lydia, a veteran of Las Vegas clubs, has continued to hone her remarkable skills since her return to Erie.  She's a recent grad from Mercyhurst's music program and is busy teaching and performing in the area.  Vinny has also been steadily sharpening his skills since he began performing again in the area about four years ago.

Chris Dempsey Nationally known Berklee and Manhatten School of Music graduate, trombonist CHRIS DEMPSEY and his quartet will be featured at the Erie Ale House.  Dempsey has settled back down in Erie to raise a family -- our good fortune.  Chris has won awards from Down Beat, International Jazz competition and the National Jazz Ensemble competition.  Chris will be backed by the elite rhythm section of Dave Blaetz - bass, Sheldon Peterson - guitar and Matt Ferguson - drums.  Plus surprise special guest.  Don't miss this terrific band,

THE FOUR GRADS, Erie's musical answer to the Four Freshmen, bring their updated take on the great American songbook to The BrewErie at Union Station -- a house of tasty, original beers and delicious menu.  The group is composed of four outstanding musicians who sing and provide their own instrumental accompaniment: eclectic singer and guitarist Carl Hultman; Barb Schwartz, who sings, plays guitar and (expanding the audiosphere) banjo, local legend Stan Bialomizy -- a multifaceted teacher, multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger -- sings and plays reeds; and, completing the group, Bob Seaman, whose tenor voice provides the top and string bass provides the bottom of the group's sound spectrum.

STEVE TROHOSKE's "Bass Universe" at Scotty's Jazz & Cigars brings a cadre of international stars to this venerable jazz venue.  Trohoske's own distinctive electric bass voice will be joined by those of six-string bassist Tony Grey, who has toured the world with Hiromi and other jazz greats, and Pittsburgh-based Dwayne Dolphin, another monster bassist (whose arsenal includes piccolo bass) with an international reputation and a track record of gigs and recording with jazz greats.  Completing the band will be drummer Ricky Hopkins, leader of a multi-drum ensemble among other groups.


September 3, 2013