Music & Events


JazzErie All-StarsThurs., May 11  6:00 p.m.   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.

Student bands will play music ranging from classic charts from the big band era to contemporary arrangements and tunes.

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.

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SAVE THESE DATES!!!  (Note changes from previous posting.)

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.

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.

June 20    Mary Halvorson's "Thumbscrew," with Michael Formanek -- bass and Tomas Fujiwara -- drums.  8:00 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St.  One of New York City's leading experimental musicians, with two high powered associates.  Donation.

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.

Sept. 6    Tom Rainey Trio, with Rainey on drums, Mary Halvorson - guitar, Ingrid Laubock - reeds.  8:00 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St.

Oct. 6   Singer Vanessa Rubin and saxophonist Don Braden  8:00 p.m., Erie Art Museum.  Suggested donation $20 general admission, $15 JazzErie members.

Oct. 28   Erie Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, featuring Chris Brubeck Quartet.  8;00 p.m., Warner Theater.  Ticket information at or call (814) 455-1375.

Nov. 17   Bobby Selvaggio and Red Rhinoscerous.  8:00 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum.  Suggested donation $20 general admission, $15 JazzErie members.


April 25, 2017