2011 Jazz and Blues Festival Weekend Performance Schedule*
Day / Time Performer Location
Thur., July 28, 2011
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Lake Effect Gazebo
8:00 pm On A Moments Notice The Gin Mill
Fri., July 29, 2011
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Niche Modern Balloon's
8:00 pm Sean Patrick McGraw The Gin Mill
9:30 pm Southern Influence Double Diamond
Sat., July 30, 2011
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Matt Felske Quartet Monroe St. Stage
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm John Troy Trio Ellicottville Brewery
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm B.D. Lenz Quartet Balloon's
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm John Troy Trio Coffee Culture
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Steve Swanson's Bluzeinn Monroe St. Stage
7:30 pm Easy 3 The Silver Fox
8:00 pm Roll the Dice The Gin Mill
8:00 pm Paul DeRitter Trio Ellicottville Brewery
Sun., July 31, 2011
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm The Jim Tudini Band Monroe St. Stage
1:00 pm The John Troy Trio Ellicottville Brewery
5:00 pm Paul DeRitter Trio Ellicottville Brewery
*Additional performaces in other pubs / cafes and locations were not available for the article. Times and performances are subject to change. Thursday and Friday night and the Gin MIll entertainers may not be Jazz related music.
About the Performers
Each of the enterainers are well established in their field of Jazz and Blues. Many of the performers travel accross the region and even internationally. It is a true treat to enjoy the talent that will be on dispaly during the festival weekend. Some of the artists' Bios are listed below:
John Troy Trio: John Troy has studiend the saxaphone since age 12 has developed into a premier Jazz saxaphone player. He has studied abroad, has studied with numerouse greats in the industry and won numerours awards in his career. He has released several compact discs and the trio will be performing through the state of New York this year. The John Troy trio has a hard "bop" sound and is a delight to see live!
B.D. Lenz Quartet: B.E. Lenz had been hailed as one of the top 20 "up and coming" jazz musicians of New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger. He has played the guitar since the age of 14 and studied with many of the great jazz guitarists. He has released 7 compact discs of contemporary Jazz and has music featured in many major network television shows. His 2011 tour includes performances in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He plays a funky jazz guitar!
The Jim Tudini Band: The Jim Tudini band is a 12 piece band with two vocalists and is comprised of some of Buffalo's best session and concert musicians. They play many of the traditional big band music as well as songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Jim Tudini plays the baritone saxophone; and has been playing since he was 9 years old. He has played accross the U.S and globally; from Carnegie Hall, to Paris, to Concerts by the Sea in Redondo Beach. They have a full sound that will fill the streets!
The Matt Felski Quartet: The Matt Felski quartet plays traditional jazz sets but also through in some improvisation. Matt Felski plays the drums and has performed in the Buffalo area for many years as well as toured nationally. He also plays in the band Lazlo Hollyfeld. Prepare for some cool sets!
The Paul DeRitter Trio: Paul DeRitter is native of the metro New York area. While leading his jazz groups, Paul performs on the trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, pocket trumpet and does most of the lead singing. In addition to his jazz groups, Paul also performs with the International Championship American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, the Buffalo Silver Band, the Joe Baudo Big Band at the Colored Musicians’ Club of Buffalo, the Quaker Tones of Orchard Park, the Repertory Jazz Orchestra of Orlando, Florida, Southern Express Big Band of Ocala, Florida and L.C. Swing of Leesburg, Florida. They play smooth jazz and big band music from the 1930s through the 1960s.
Ellicottville is hopping with great restaurants, eclectic shops, fantastic cafes and bistros as well as hand crafted wines at the Ellicottivlle Winery and hand crafted ales and beers at the Ellicottville Brewing Company. Stop by the Bruce Candle company for some hot custom candles or stop into one of the fabulous jewelry stores for come cool jewels. Shop and swing all day long at the festival. At the end of the day, you can enjoy some hot food and some cool jazz at one of the fabulous restaurants, pubs or cafes. The 2011 Ellicottville Jazz Festival weekend will fill your soul with soothing rhythms, your stomach with fantastic food and beverages and your trunk with fabulous gifts'; leaving cool memories from this hot little town.