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March 6, 1930 – April 12, 2017 Raymond Alvin Chamberlain, a jazz guitarist and bassist inducted last year into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, died last Wednesday in his Orchard Park home. He was 87. Born in Lackawanna, he was a 1947 graduate of Lackawanna High School, where he studied trombone and guitar and played in the school band. Enlisting in the Army, he joi…

Jazz musicians are joining forces Friday at Pausa Art House for a good cause.The Magdalene Project, headed by Joanne Lorenzo, combs the streets of Niagara Falls, N.Y., for people in need. Among the folks they help are people who suffer from drug abuse, prostitution, domestic abuse, alcoholism and an inability to care for children. Working with local Christian churches, the…

Based on the sheer number of folks who attended both days of this year’s Lewiston Jazz Festival, held Friday and Saturday, and the multitude of events available for the crowds to revel in, it appears all the hard work that the staff and their associates have put into this project was rewarded handsomely.An abundance of music stages and musicians were on hand. Food vendor…

It’s always a good thing when festivals are doubly blessed with good weather and fine music. Such was the case for this year’s Lewiston Jazz Festival, with an abundance of pleasant temperatures and regional musicians with national abilities.The only real problem, and it isn’t a bad one to have, is that there were a number of venues running simultaneously. If you want…

When the temperature hits that sweet spot slightly above 75 degrees and the sky is blue and nearly cloudless, it’s a good day. Then if a slight breeze slides over Hoyt Lake, and heads toward the steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where an audience of jazz fans was primed for another in a marvelous series of free concerts, things are even better.That was the basic we…

“Beautiful” was the recurrent word heard throughout Sunday’s 20th annual Masten Jazz Festival within the grounds of Martin Luther King Jr. Park on the city’s East Side. During each of the hourlong sets – and interset banter by co-emcees Mayor Byron Brown and Masten District City Council Member Demone A. Smith – beautiful was the word of choice to describe the m…

Mike Costley is an expat now living in California, but he remains oh, so Buffalo.“Hey, I heard you at the Page One,” someone yelled at him as Costley was performing Sunday at the Buffalo News’ Jazz at the Albright-Knox concert series.“Didn’t someone burn that joint down?” Costley yelled back, cheerily.The singer acknowledged family, friends and fellow musician…

Going out or staying in? Doesn't matter. News Arts Editor Jeff Simon has tips for how to enjoy the weekend. 1. Live Jazz. The Masten Jazz Festival – Free music from 3 to 8 pm. Saturday featuring the group of Bobby Watson and Curtis Lundy as well as local jazz groups on the South Side Lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. 2. Movie. “Southpaw.…

The smooth jazz sounds of tenor saxophonist Don Rice would meld perfectly into a dark, smoky, inner-city club on any rainy Saturday night.Instead, it was a sweltering Sunday afternoon when Rice and the Bobby Jones Trio delighted an ample crowd, most of whom clustered under shade trees near the steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Rice was the second performer featured d…

Three international touring artists – Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott and Rudresh Mahanthappa – will take the stage as part of the 2015-16 Jazz Series at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.Here’s the schedule:Gretchen Parlato, 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Parlato kicks off the series performing with Taylor Eigsti (piano, keyboards), Alan Hampton (bass, guitar, vocals…

His alto saxophone was made of cheap white plastic. His trumpet player, Don Cherry, played a Pakistani pocket trumpet, an instrument few, if any, had seen before that looked as if it were the clumsy little toddler of the trumpet family – either that or a minor instrument in a folk tradition none of us would ever really know.Toy instruments, some called them.That first 19…

Ornette Coleman wasn’t only on top of the my list; he was alone there. The jazz giant who died today at the age of 85 was the last unquestioned titan of the past 50 years that I still hoped to experience in live concert for the first time. And sadly, I’ll never get that chance, nor will anyone else. I have caught live performances by every other jazz giant that I mig…

Dragging backpacked belongings abroad isn’t cheap for even the most minimalistic vagabond, so how much do you think a weeklong European tour costs for a quartet of jazz musicians? Answer: A lot. That’s why Buffalo’s Gruvology has invited the likes of Bobby Militello, George Caldwell and others to join its fundraising show at 8 p.m. Saturday in Pausa Art House (19 Wa…

The names are familiar ones to anyone who has been paying attention to Buffalo’s vibrant blues scene over the past several decades. Jack Civiletto. Gary Sterlace (aka Speedy Parker), Wally Jetterman. Not household names, perhaps, but names that command respect among the music community, from both fellow musicians and fervent fans. These are journeymen – deeply talented…

The Hot Sardines is a New York City outfit that play a lot of Fats Waller and other music from that era. The singer, “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, also plays washboard and tambourine, and she has a voice that’s really fun. It’s not studied or overworked, just light and amusing, with a lot of theater, whether she’s singing a rapid “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” or a la…