Music & Events

Kate Buczek Memorial Concert
Sun., May 25 4-6 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation audienceThe Concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
7180 Perry Highway (PA Rte. 97)  1/2 mile north of I-90; 2 miles south of the Zoo

The concert is free.  Donations welcome!

For more information, call 923-1155.

Bruce JohnstoneThe Concert will feature two great area bands:

Bruce Johnstone will bring his trio, with Johnstone on baritone saxophone, guitarist Frank Singer and bassist John Huegel.  Johnstone is well known in the area and throughout the world for his mastery of his instrument and profound knowledge of jazz.  He achieved national recognition as a soloist with the Maynard Ferguson band, and appeared on a number of Downbeat polls among leading baritone saxophonists. Frank Singer The bandmates he has selected for this gig  also bring stellar credentials.  Singer is one of the few musicians in town able to survive on his earnings from playing and teaching jazz, is a Berkeley grad and frequent accompanist for visiting jazz stars.  Huegel is a find big band as well as small group bassist, having served that role in the Dave Stevens Big band for a number of years.

Derf Hopsecger

Pianist Derf Hopsecger will present a quartet, with Charles Ventrello on saxophones and flute, David Blaetz on bass, and Rick Cass on drums.  Hopsecger, originally a bassist (and still a good one), reorganized his musical life and learned piano in mid-career.  He has appeared as a soloist and band member/leader in many venues since this shift  in both classical and jazz contexts.  And he sings.  Ventrello has been a creative activist on Erie's jazz scene for many years now, contributing ideas and arrangements,Charles Ventrello leading a monthly JazzErie Discussion Group, and meanwhile pursuing a career as a graphic artist and teacher.  Blaetz is the bassist everybody wants to help make their music sound good, and Cass has served in the same role for many area groups.

The afternoon will be filled with very good music!

Kate Buczek

Kate Buczek was an avid jazz fan and aficianado.  On her death in 2010, memorial gifts from family and friends were designated to fund an annual concert at the Unitarian Universalist church in Erie.

Buczek and her husband Ted were union organizers and social activists in the Erie area.  She was active in the Erie NAACP, Citizens for Better Schools, and the Erie Opportunities Industrialization Center, and the Erie Peace & Justice Center, among other projects.  She and her husband traveled extensively abroad

Last Year's Concert..
A History of Rain bandHot Rhythm bandLast year's concert featured "The History of Rain," with saxophonist Allen Zurcher and his quartet plus singer Katie Chriest; and "Hot Rhythm," a family trio with drummer Sonny Froman, guitarist Jim Froman and pianist Jackson Froman.

The church is a music friendly space.  The talent is exceptional.  Take advancage of this gem in the tiara of Erie jazz events.  Free will contribution.

April 8, 2014