Details have emerged pertaining to the Masten Jazz Festival, held every July on the side lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science. This year’s festival will take place July 19 and 26, from 3 to 8 p.m. For its 20th anniversary, it features impressive headliners.
On July 19, the lineup features vibraphonist Warren Wolf and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery in a tribute to Milt Jackson and John Coltrane. Wolf played a lovely “Christmas Time is Here” on a CD last December called “It’s Christmas on Mack Avenue,” and News Critic Jeff Simon has called him “a superb soloist.” The British-born Escoffery won a Grammy Award in 2011 as part of the Mingus Big Band.
On July 26, the festival welcomes the Curtis Lundy/Bobby Watson Quartet. For Lundy, this is an encore engagement. He appeared at last year’s festival. The arrival of Bobby Watson, though, is a rarity and brings back memories of the Artpark Jazz Festival in the 1990s, when he would bring the house down.
The 2015 festival honors the late James “Pappy” Martin, longtime supporter of jazz in Buffalo, and a member of one of Buffalo’s first families of jazz. Both Sundays will also feature various local bands, yet to be determined.
The Masten Jazz Festival is free. Lawn chairs are suggested. The Buffalo Museum of Science is located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, in Martin Luther King Park.