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June 6, 2019 - 12:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in jazz, Alexander High School, music, news, entertainment.

From Danny Allen:

Alexander High School's annual Jazz Invitational concert will be happening at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14th.

They've had great attendance in the past, and are looking forward to a full house this year.

Come out and enjoy some awesome jazz music along with scrumptious treats and refreshments.

Members of the "AJE" -- Alexander Jazz Experience -- will host the event in the school cafeteria, located at 3314 Buffalo Road, Alexander.
Presale tickets are $4 for adults; tickets at the door are $5.
Perfoming are:
  • Alexander Jazz Experience
  • Alexander Jazz Lab
  • Alexander Jazz Cadets
  • AJE Alumni
Featured Guest:
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet player extraordinaire Herb Smith.    
September 4, 2018 - 4:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Brass Society, jazz, music, news, Announcements.

Submitted photo and press release:

On Friday, Sept. 21, jazz will be in the air in Downtown Perry. The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is presenting the Batavia Brass Society in their main gallery to play a "Light Evening of Jazz." This is the first time this group of musicians has played at the ACWC.

The Arts Council for Wyoming County is located at 31 S. Main St., Perry. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7.

The Batavia Brass Society is made up of Derek Reiss (trumpet), Peter Mark (trombone), Edward VanZandt (trumpet), Roger Bolton (tuba), Elizabeth Kockler (horn), Scott Kockler (percussion).

Musicians are current, former, and retired music teachers from our area. They have been performing since 1980 playing a variety of music from classical to jazz and pop. You may have seen them at the Oakfield Labor Daze, Le Roy Oatka Festival, Genesee Community College, and the concert series in Holley and Akron. 

"I am pleased that the Arts Council will finally have the opportunity to present the the Batavia Brass Society in concert at the Gallery," says Jacqueline Hoyt, executive director of the Arts Council for Wyoming County, "This show will feature local musicians playing songs that are familiar to our ears."

Tickets for this concert are $15 ($13.50 for ACWC members). Purchase online at artswyco.org or by calling the ACWC at (585) 237-3517, ext. 101. Tickets are first come, first served, and early reservations are suggested.

If you would like to reserve tickets for parties larger than 10, please contact the ACWC directly at (585) 237-3517 or email [email protected]

About the Arts Council for Wyoming County

For more than 40 years, the Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s NYSCA Decentralization Site for Community Arts Grants. In addition to yearly programming, the ACWC produces the Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show and Sale. For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts, please visit www.artswyco.org.

May 30, 2018 - 4:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Alexander, jazz, music, entertainment, news.
From Danny Allen:
The public is cordially invited to the second annual Alexander Jazz Invitational starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.
Members of the "AJE" -- Alexander Jazz Experience -- will host the event in the school cafeteria, located at 3314 Buffalo Road, Alexander.
Pre-sale tickets are $3 for students and $4 for adults; tickets at the door are $5.
Hear some great jazz, enjoy some refreshments and see how popular this jazz scene is.
Perfoming are:
  • Alexander Jazz Experience
  • Alexander Jazz Cadets
  • Warsaw Jazz Band -- directed by Phil Briatico
Featured Guest:
  • The Genesee Wyoming Music Educators Association All County Jazz Band
May 9, 2018 - 2:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia First Presbyterian, batavia, jazz, Mother's Day, music, news, DSP.

Press release:

Sunday, May 13th, is Jazz Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia. It is located at 300 E. Main St.

Hosting the local jazz group, DSP, the church will sing such favorites as "Precious Lord," "Take My Hand" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."

The jazz combo will play before church and during the coffee hour afterward.

The Sanctuary Choir will sing "Wade in the Water" with their accompaniment.

Come at 10:30 a.m. for the pre-service music and stay through coffee hour for an inspiring time of worship and fellowship led by Pastor Roula Alkhouri.

September 22, 2015 - 2:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, music, jazz, Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet.

Press release:

Honoring jazz tradition with straight-ahead swing and spontaneous improvisation, the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet strives to express the beauty of a melodic line, deriving collective inspiration from the musical philosophies of many jazz greats. On Friday, Oct. 2, hear the Quartet's unusual harmonic approach at Genesee Community College's Stuart Steiner Theatre. They will perform one show only beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet brings together the elemental qualities of its four creative members; the lighter-than-air swing of drummer Bill Chattin, the earthy melodic pulsations of bassist Don Messina, the oceanic depth of tenor Charley Krachy and the fiery adventurousness of pianist Kazzrie Jaxen. The Quartet's music includes standard tunes, jazz lines, originals and occasional excursions into the abstract. Their approach stretches the music in unique and complex directions, serving to the feel and pure joy of improvisation.

The show will feature improvisations on tunes from the American songbook, compositions by Lennie Tristano, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and Lester Young, original lines and songs and free group and solo improvisations. The Quartet encourages and enjoys "questions and answers" after their performances.

Tickets to the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet show are $8 for adults, $5 for GCC faculty/staff and senior citizens, $3 for GCC students. Alumni with ID receive $2 off the full ticket price. Tickets are available through the GCC box office at (585) 345-6814 or via e-mail [email protected]. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information, contact Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0005, ext. 6616, or via e-mail [email protected].

August 18, 2015 - 4:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, jazz, music, batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
August 20, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The DSP Jazz Trio will perform at T.F. Brown's restaurant in Batavia from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20. It is located at 214 E. Main St.

April 17, 2011 - 12:26pm
posted by Amy Vlack in music, elba, Things to do, Friday, jazz, desserts.
Event Date and Time: 
April 29, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Elba Central School Jazz Ensemble is holding a "Jazz Dessert" on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 pm in the ECS cafeteria. Cost is $5.00 which includes the music, a dessert and beverage. They are hoping to raise funds to purchase new Jazz Ensemble uniforms. Come on out and have some dessert and listen to some really good music. What better thing to do on a Friday night.
March 31, 2010 - 2:13pm
posted by Pamela LaGrou in Announcements, music, youth, fundraiser, Event, jazz.
Event Date and Time: 
April 24, 2010 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

An Evening of Jazz - Saturday, April 24th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Stuart Steiner Theater at GCC.  Featured artist is jazz great, Bobby Militello.  Opening selections by Bataiva High School Jazz Band, directed by Jane E.

February 19, 2010 - 12:49pm
posted by Pamela LaGrou in Announcements, theater, music, youth, jazz.
Event Date and Time: 
April 24, 2010 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

An Evening of Jazz is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th at the intimate Stuart Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College.  Event Chairman, Derek Reiss will welcome guests to this signature jazz event beginning at 7:30 pm with the Batavia High School Jazz Band.  The featured artist, Bobby Militello, will take the stage by 8:00pm.  Bobby plays the also sax for legendary jazz great Dave Brubeck.  General admission tickets cost $15 for students/$30 for adults and may be purchased at Roxy's Music Store, 228 Main Street, Batavia.  Or

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