HAPPY 91ST BIRTHDAY JOHN COLTRANE!
Burchfield Penney and Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society co-present three-day Jazz Festival September 21 – 23 celebrating the birth of the renowned saxophonist
The Burchfield Penney at SUNY Buffalo State in collaboration with the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society (PMLJS) today announced it will present a three-day festival September 21 – 23, 2017 at The Center of special performances, screenings and conversations in celebration of John Coltrane’s 91st birthday.
“The PMLJS is honored to celebrate the artistic, cultural and spiritual contributions of John Coltrane for the third consecutive year in partnership with the Burchfield Penney on what would have been his 91st birthday,” said Dawn Martin Berry-Walker. “We are also grateful for the support for some of the programming from the Liberty Partnerships Program at SUNY Buffalo State to commemorate this jazz icon.”
The line-up includes:
Thursday, September 21 – 7 PM LECTURE / DISCUSSION | CHUCK MANCUSO REMEMBERS THE ROYAL ARMS NIGHT CLUB The legendary Royal Arms Night Club located on W. Utica Street hosted live jazz acts seven nights a week. John Coltrane appeared once at the club in the early 1960s. Chuck Mancuso, SUNY Buffalo State American Popular Music professor and jazz aficionado, will present a talk on the iconic night club. Event is free with gallery admission.
Friday, September 22 - 8 pm PERFORMANCE | TENOR SAXOPHONIST J.D. ALLEN AND THE GEORGE CALDWELL QUARTET PERFORM JOHN COLTRANE JAZZ CLASSICS Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and harddriving style," JD Allen is a bright rising light on today’s international jazz scene. Admission: $20, advanced tickets available by call (716) 878-6011. Saturday,
•1 pm - PERFORMANCE | THE PROGESSIONS QUINTET Experience some of some of Western New York’s finest emerging jazz talent, including a former student of the Love Supreme School. Event is free with gallery admission.
•2 pm - SCREENING | CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY CHASING TRANE is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. Event is free with gallery admission.
•4 PM - LECTURE / DISCUSSION | A CONVERSATION WITH JIMMY HEATH: SIRIUSXM REAL JAZZ RADIO HOST EULIS CATHEY INTERVIEWS INSTRUMENTALIST, COMPOSER AND ARRANGER Eulis Cathey interviews Jimmy Heath who will share his exclusive memories performing with John Coltrane. Heath, also 91-years-old, appears throughout the Chasing Trane documentary. Event is free with gallery admission.
•8 PM - PERFORMANCE | BASSIST CURTIS LUNDY PERFORMS SELECTIONS FROM BAGS AND TRANE Accompanied by Craig Handy (saxophonist), George Caldwell (piano), Eric Kennedy (drums) and Joe Doubleday (vibraphone) Arguably one of the most prolific in-demand bassists on the modern jazz scene. He is a disciple of the mainstream straight ahead hard bop school. Jazz Times calls Lundy “one of the most spiritually uplifting bassists on the jazz scene today.” Admission: $20, advanced tickets available by call (716) 878-6011. “
The festival’s cross-generational line-up tells a powerful story of the history of jazz while presenting emerging artists,” said Renata Toney, Burchfield Penney marketing strategist. “We’re honored to once again collaborate with The Society on this this three-day John Coltrane birthday party. We also thank illustrator Philip Burke for contributing the rendering of Coltrane for our promotion efforts.“
About the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society The Society was created to honor the legacy of the late Pappy Martin, the renowned local band leader and musician. Each year the organization presents a series of events, including the Pappy Martin Legacy- Masten Jazz Festival to honor his musical tradition by continuing and enhancing the awareness, appreciation and celebration of jazz. As a band leader and musician, he played in many famous area nightclubs, including Little Harlem, Pine Grill, Revilot, Royal Arms, Moon Glow, Shalimar, Town Casino, Ontario House, and Blue Note.
For more information, go to www.burchfieldpenney.org About the Burchfield Penney Art Center Established in 1966 on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, the Burchfield Penney Art Center is dedicated to the art and vision of renowned American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967) and the distinguished artists of Western New York State