Northwest Jazz Pageant to return for first time since 2019

Mon, Aug twenty second 2022 07:00 am

Lewiston occasion set for Aug. 26-27

Jazz is again.

The Northwest Jazz Pageant in Historic Lewiston, NY will happen Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27. Will probably be the occasion’s first time again for the reason that coronavirus pandemic halted actions in 2020-21.

“After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Northwest Jazz Pageant board, in addition to the followers and public, are greater than able to see the return of Western New York’s largest out of doors jazz pageant,” stated Carol Calato, chairwoman of the Jazz Pageant board of administrators.

The much-anticipated two-day occasion brings stay music to Middle Road with a choose illustration of the area’s best native meals and beverage distributors, together with native wineries, distilleries and breweries. It can spotlight native, worldwide and North American jazz artists, together with Sally Terrell, John DiMartino, Stacey Kent, Corinne Mammana, Allison Au, Emmet Cohen and Joey DeFrancesco.

This 12 months, the board of administrators will have a good time the pageant’s 20-year anniversary alongside Northwest Financial institution because the presenting sponsor and a formidable itemizing of supportive companies and organizations. The 2022 music lineup is curated by Music Director Tony Zambito.

“The headliners this 12 months are all extremely shining stars within the jazz world who’ve demonstrated artistic resourcefulness in overcoming the pandemic,” Zambito stated. “We’re excited to have Grammy nominees and a Juno Award-winner on the Most important Stage this 12 months.

“This 12 months, we’ll have a good time the pageant’s twentieth anniversary and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Joey DeFrancesco again to the Niagara Falls area the place his father, Papa John, cemented the DeFrancesco legacy. As well as, we welcome again jazz vocalist Sally Terrell, who can also be from this space and has a wonderful new album being launched with jazz pianist extraordinaire John DiMartino.

“We’re excited to share that we’ll have a uncommon look and debut efficiency by Grammy nominee and jazz vocalist Stacey Kent.

“If anybody embodied perseverance throughout the pandemic, it was Emmet Cohen and we’re excited to have him and the trio carry out.

“Having Juno Award-winner the Allison Au Quartet from Canada is an opportunity to welcome our Canadian followers again to the pageant.

We’re additionally delighted to have the chance to showcase an up-and-coming jazz vocalist, Corinne Mammana.”

The lineup contains:

Most important Stage Performers

•Friday, Aug. 26

√ Jazz vocalist/pianist Sally Terrell with acclaimed jazz pianist/arranger John DiMartino (6-7:30 p.m.)

√ Grammy Award nominated jazz vocalist Stacey Kent – a regional debut efficiency (8:45-10:15 p.m.)

•Saturday, Aug. 27

√ UB Zodiaque Dance Firm (12:15-1 p.m.)

√ Acclaimed by Jazz Occasions Journal, jazz vocalist Corinne Mammana (1:45-3:15 p.m.)

√ 2018-19 Juno Award-winner the Allison Au Quartet (4-5:30 p.m.)

√ 2019 American Pianist Award-winner and “Dwell from Emmet’s Place” Emmet Cohen Trio (6:15-7:45 p.m.)

√ 5-time Grammy nominee and Downbeat Critic’s Ballot No. 1 jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco (8:45-10:15 p.m.)

Along with the massive stage, music continues throughout the village.

Zambito stated, “The pageant has 5 levels unfold all through Middle Road, giving us the chance to showcase the wealthy and various expertise we have now within the area. And extra importantly, permitting for our up-and-coming next-generation of fabulous musicians to have an opportunity to shine within the pageant. The pageant gives a spot for them to be found by a broad viewers of pageant attendees.”

The Middle Road Stage

•Friday, Aug. 26

√ 6-7:30 p.m., MMVPT

√ 8:15-9:45 p.m., Charlie Ballantine Quartet

•Saturday, Aug. 27

√ 1:30-3 p.m., Authentic River Canines

√ 3:45-5:15 p.m., Maria Sebastian American SongBook

√ 6-7:30 p.m., Summer season Wind: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

√ 8:15-9:45 p.m., George Caldwell Sextet

The Frontier Home Stage

•Friday, Aug. 26

√ 5:30-7 p.m., Rick Strauss Quartet

√ 7:45-9:15 p.m., The Skiffle Minstrels

•Saturday, Aug. 27

√ 1-2:30 p.m., Far Trio

√ 3:15-4:45 p.m., Jay/Sharp-tet

√ 5:30-7 p.m., Paradigm Shift

√ 7:45-9:15 p.m., Hanna PK

The Peace Backyard

•Friday, Aug. 26

√ 5:45-7:15 p.m., Becky Davis Trio

√ 8-9:30 p.m., Alex McArthur

•Saturday, Aug. 27

√ 1:15-2:45 p.m., Saranaide

√ 3:30-5 p.m., Dozo My Girl

√ 5:45-7:15 p.m., Scorching Membership of Buffalo

√ 8-9:30 p.m., Buffalo Dolls

DiCamillo Courtyard

•Friday, Aug. 26

√ 5:15-6:45 p.m., Adam Bronstein Duo

√ 7:30-9 p.m., The Autonomous Automobiles

•Saturday, Aug. 27

√ 12:45-2:15 p.m., Lance Tanner Duo

√ 3-4:30 p.m., Stu and Avery Weissman Duo

√ 5:15-6:45 p.m., Dale Toiver Duo

√ 7:30-9 p.m., Jared Tinkham Duo

“This 12 months, every of our 5 levels will likely be swinging with native, nationwide and worldwide expertise,” Calato stated. “Stroll alongside Middle Road and hearken to native heroes resembling George Caldwell and Stu Weissman. Or some nationwide names like Corrine Mammana. And on the primary stage, catch a double-header: Allison Au adopted by Stacey Kent on Friday night time, and Emmet Cohen adopted by Joey DeFrancesco on Saturday night time.

“Over the course of the 2 days, there will likely be loads to eat and drink from among the best meals distributors round. Take a while to cease on the jewellery tent to do some injury. 

“And keep in mind, this free pageant couldn’t happen with out the help of our native companies and people that generously sponsored annually to assist hold the upscale and free. A giant thanks to you all! So come to Lewiston and revel in!”

Assist the Jazz Pageant

Every year, the Jazz Pageant depends on the help of donors and sponsors to stay the biggest free jazz pageant within the area.

“We’re grateful for the overwhelming help we have now already obtained from the generosity of sponsors to verify a 2022 occasion takes place,” Calato stated. “We’re laborious at work on the anniversary celebration and plan to present you one other two days of spectacular leisure, that includes worldwide stars in addition to a few of our personal native tremendous skills. It’s clear that everybody loves and misses the Jazz Pageant, and needs it to proceed to be a hit.”

The Jazz Pageant can’t happen with out the help of the volunteers who assist make the two-day occasion a hit. Volunteer positions vary from set-up/clean-up, parking, 50/50 raffle gross sales and extra. Volunteer description and sign-up instances can be found on-line at

‘Jazz Mass’ is again!

St. Peter’s R.C. Church, situated within the coronary heart of Middle Road in Lewiston, introduced the return of the “Jazz Mass” as part of the Northwest Lewiston Jazz Pageant.

Music will start at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, with songs carried out by St. Joseph College Church Buffalo Modern Music Ensemble, directed by Tim Wells and that includes famend saxophonist Bobby Militello, plus Mike Morrissey and Chris Hart. This will likely be adopted by Mass at 4:30 p.m. with Christian jazz music supplied by the identical group.

The Rev. Cole Webster and parish members invite all to “attend this particular celebration of the Mass and music. Come to sing, pray and revel in celebrating out time collectively. We look ahead to seeing you there!”

Official Discover to Middle Road Companies & Residents:

Road Closing Dates, Occasions for Northwest Jazz Pageant

Middle Road will shut at 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, from Fourth Road to Seventh Road. The cross streets at Fourth and Seventh will stay open north and south. Middle Road will reopen to site visitors on Sunday (by 4 a.m.).

Fifth Road will likely be closed at Ridge Road to Plain Road throughout these similar hours.

Organizers stated, “Please make sure make any needed preparations for supply vehicles throughout these hours, as autos won’t be permitted onto Middle Road whereas it’s closed.”

Denise and John Eckl, Ryan Eckl and Carol Calato (Submitted photograph)

Carol Calato Scholarship

The Northwest Jazz Pageant board of administrators introduced Ryan Eckl of Lancaster is the winner of the 2022 Carol Calato Jazz Scholarship. He’s a music schooling and music efficiency main at SUNY Potsdam, Crane College of Music. Ryan’s predominant efficiency instrument is the French horn, however he additionally performs the piano, metal drums, electrical bass, guitar and drum set.

A press launch stated, “The scholarship is given out annually to a pupil pursuing a level in a music discipline. The candidates should put together an audition video and software course of.

“Wayne Moose, John Bacon and Ray Barry served as adjudicators for the scholarship course of.”

Ryan is the son of John and Denise Eckl. He was offered the $1,000 scholarship by Calato.

Watch his audition right here:

A full schedule of musicians, distributors and incessantly requested questions will be discovered on-line at For extra data, name 716-754-9500.

The Northwest Jazz Pageant in Historic Lewiston, NY (Picture courtesy of the Jazz Pageant Board)

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