Music & Events

Sat., Jan. 17 from 7:00 -- 10:00 p.m.

Erie Womans Club, 259 W. 6th St.FREE FOR JAZZERIE MEMBERS.  Fun, food & cocktails -- a celebration and appreciation for JazzErie Members at the Erie Womans Club, 259 W. 6th St. in downtown Erie.

Charles VentrelloLive music will be provided at the event by the Charles Ventrello Trio, featuring Sheldon Peterson and David Blaetz

Enjoy the free beverages and refreshments, Participate in a raffle of a basket of choice wines, selected by JazzErie's Board members.  Enjoy a preview of JazzErie's 2015 Season.

If you would like to come, but are not currently a JazzErie member, you can join at the door for only $12.50, half the annual membership fee, get your membership card and join in the fun!

Here's your chance to meet  with others who share your interest in jazz music, enjoy some tasty food and beverages, hear some great music and enjoy warm company in an elegant setting on a cold January evening. Drop in at any time during the celebration, it's informal.

Guitarist Sheldon PetersonThe Musicians.

Charles Ventrello is one of Erie's master saxophonists.  He is one of JazzErie's founding Board members.  Early on he assembled regular informal gatherings of musicians who wanted to play jazz.  He helped launch early JazzErie educational programs (he's a retired art teacher who taught for many years in the Erie school system).  And for years he has led the monthly JazzErie Discussion Group, an informal gathering for jazz fans who share their favorite recordings and  news from the jazz world.

Charles has performed on Erie area stages with a variety of bands, including his own "Sack O' Bones" (which includes both Sheldon and Dave) and has performed at both the Erie Arts Festival and the Erie Art Museum Jazz & Blues Festival.  Charles also heads a  quintet which is an Bassist David Blaetz, enthusiastically received feature in the JazzErie Jazz & Blues Walk.

Sheldon Peterson and David Blaetz  are one of Erie's top of the line jazz guitar and bass tandems.  They are key founding members of the popular band "The Heliotropes," with singer/guitarist/composer Katie Chriest, which has established an enviable record for original work.  The two have also been part of an impressive number of other pioneering musical ensembles, including the Allen Zurcher Quartet, Concourse and Potato Battery.  Individually, both Sheldon and Dave perform as sidemen in a variety of other groups.

Join the Party!

JazzErie depends on you, it's members in many ways.  For financial support, of course, but also for your participation in our great season of events.  With concerts by international and local musical greats, our annual Jazz & Blues Walk, our Next Generation concert and other student classroom events, our innovative series combining jazz improvisation with improvisation and creativity in other arts: Jazz & Dance and Jazz & Poetry, we try to enrich your experience and life in the Erie community. 

This free party for JazzErie members is our attempt to say THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!   We hope to see you there.

November 5, 2014