Music & Events

Sat., July 12, 6:30 p.m., begins at Erie Art Museum

Jazz Walk poster$10 Donation for a Jazz Walk button gets you:

  • FREE refreshments at the Erie Art Museum,
  • FREE admission to all Jazz & Blues Walk venues'
  • FREE transportation between venues.

You can purchase your $10 Jazz Walk Button at the Erie Art Museum, 5th St. between State and French, or in advance at Romolo Chocolates, 1525 W. 8th St., in Erie.

Bruce JohnstoneFeatured Performers:

6:30 -- 8:00 p.m.   Baritone saxophone great Bruce Johnstone with his quartet at the Erie Art Museum, East 5th St.

   Johnstone, now head of the Jazz Studies department at SUNY Fredonia, was a featured soloist with the Maynard Ferguson Band, placing third in the Downbeat Baritone Saxophone poll (after Gerry Mulligan and Harry Carney), played and recorded with the Woody Herman band and a number of smaller groups and continues an active performance career on the regional jazz scene, along with his teaching activities.  Johnstone will be joined on the stand by the Jim Beishline Trio, featuring Bud Fadale-acoustic bass, Darryl Washington --drums, and Beishline--piano.

Acoustic bassist Bud FadaleBassist, Bud Fadale is the son of Jazz Master, Anne Fadale. Oscar Peterson considered her a prize student and contemporary.
So naturally Bud grew up surrounded by music and by music legends.  His passion for bass was ignited by the legendary bassists
he would hear as his mother toted him with her to her rehearsals and jobs.  Although his parents discouraged a career in music
for Buddy at first, Buddy could not escape what was in his blood. His years in the army led him to play beside Carmel Jones, Leo Wright, Slide Hampton, and Duke Ellington. The rest is history.  Western NY is privileged to have the talents of Bud Fadale.

Drummer, Darryl Washington is also a product of a musical family. Aside from playing alongside his brother, Grover Washington,
Darryl holds his own.  He has performed with a list of greats whose names include Richard Groove Holmes, Sonny Stitt,
Eddie Harris Gene Ammons, Al Jarreau,Dizzie Gillespie, Eddie Henderson, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Patty LaBelle . . .the list is endless.
Most importantly, Darryl's performance is unmistakenly impeccable, which makes him currently a VIP on Western New York's jazz scene.

Pianist Jim BeishlineJim Beishline free lances extensively in the Buffalo-WNY area, and is one of this area most sought after pianists to lay down a jazz
or blues groove.  His full time music involvement consists of performing, arranging, and teaching privately. Jim got his start working
with local groups, and worked with the beginning stages of Spyro Gyra before their hit making days in this area.
And although he preferred not going on the road, JIm toured with Danny and The Juniors in his early career. He has also shared the stage
with Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Natalie Cole and Muddy Waters just to mention a few.  Jim was invited to perform his arrangements with vocalist Janice Mitchell at the Porthcawl Jazz Festival in Southern Wales for 2 consecutive
years, and Jim continues to be a regular on the local jazz festival scene.                                                        

Charles Ventrello 8 p.m. --10:30 p.m.   The Charles Ventrello Quartet, featuring vocalist Barbara Jean at the Pufferbelly Restaurant, 414 French St.   Ventrello, the dean of Erie's tenor saxophonists, has retired from his day job teaching art in Erie's school system, but keeps an active career as an area artist and musician.  He will be joined by Jamestown vocalist Barbara Jean, and a quartet of Carl Alanakian-- drums, Dan Hallett III--piano, and Dick Thompson--acoustic bass.

9:00 p.m.-- 12 a.m.  The Heliotropes at the Erie Ale House, 1033 State St.  The originality of this group stems from the creative efforts of singer/songwriter/guitarist Katie Chriest and guitarist/composer Sheldon Peterson, supplemented by bassist Dave Blaetz and violinist  xxxxxxx Barton.  The four have created a book of original songs and arrangements that captures a contemporary stream of ideas and music, projects a unique sound, touches a responsive chord in many, many listeners.

 9:00 p.m. -- 12:00 a.m.  Up and coming young pop/jazz band Monk's Brew will perform at the BrewErie at Union Station, 123 W.14th St.  This popular young group grew out of its menbers' association with the jazz program at Mercyhurst University here in Erie.  Members are trumpeter and singer Dillon Shidemantle, keyboardist Bobby Lucas, drummer Michael Hibbler II and acoustic bassist Alex McLaughlin.  The band has demonstrated its belief that "jazz can be popular music" by garnering  many gigs in the Erie area, to enthusiastic audiences.

Steve Trohoske 10:00 p.m. -- 1:00 a.m.   Veteran electric bassist and bandleader Steve Trohoske will hold forth with his band at Scotty's Cigars & Jazz, 301 German St.  Trohoske has demonstrated his ability to present an exciting band, drawing musicians from Erie and the larger region.

10:00 p.m. -- 1:00 a.m.  Rounding out the evening will be local blues legend Rodger Montgomery at Sherlocks, 508 State St.  Winner of RockErie's "Best Blues Band" awards.   Always a great band.  Always an exciting show!


May 9, 2014