The Queen City Jazz Festival is back, and it’s growing. The grassroots jazz fest at the historic Colored Musicians Club will be held for the first time on two stages – one inside, one outside. There is air-conditioning. The music is free.
The event, now in its eighth year, takes place from noon to 9 p.m. July 26.
As is traditional, the spotlight is on local performers. They range from up-and-coming young lions to veteran, award-winning performers. Pianist George Caldwell will be bringing his group, and Les Davis, who for years balanced music with a career in cancer research, is performing with his quartet.
Two other pianists to watch are Ed Chilungu and Michael McNeill, both of whom straddle the worlds of classical music and jazz. Sabu Adeyola, widely known for his work with the late pianists Al Tinney and Boyd Lee Dunlop, is appearing with his ensemble, Oasis.
Here is the schedule.
On the outdoor stage:
Noon: Carol McLaughlin Big Band.
12:55 p.m. Pianist Michael McNeill.
1:50 p.m. Rick Holland Productions.
2:45 p.m. The Three Kings.
3:40 p.m. The George Caldwell Quintet.
4:45 p.m. Gruvology.
5:35 p.m. Michael King.
6:30 p.m. The Les Davis Quartet.
7:25 p.m. Critt Juke Joint.
On the indoor stage:
Noon: Anthony Re and the Flat Five.
1 p.m.: Pianist Ed Chilungu.
1:55 p.m. Payazzo.
2:55 p.m. Bassist Sabu Adeyola and Oasis.
3:50 p.m. JazzWizz.
5 p.m. DMW Jazz.
The new museum at the Colored Musicians Club will be open, and tickets will be sold at half price for $5. The Colored Musicians Club is at 145 Broadway between Elm and Michigan streets in downtown Buffalo.