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Do you remember March 2020 when everything suddenly stopped? Just before that happened, the Fredonia Jazz Society was able to insert one last “Jazz at the Domus Fare” event, and those present will remember the Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo, who dazzled us with his technique and charmed us with his unique interpretation of jazz samba. Later that season, the final performance had to be cancelled.
Restaurants were closed, all activities were curtailed and social engagement was suddenly held at bay. Two years later, we are all begging to return to some sort of normality. For jazz and live music, it’s starting to happen.
Jazz at Domus Fare starts again on Thursday February 17. The format will be the same as before – two shows, food and drink available. Seating capacity will now be reduced by around 50% so that smaller tables can be set up with a reasonable distance between them.
Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask when not actually seated at a table.
The Domus Fare restaurant at 41 W. Main Street, near the town square in Fredonia, is a great place to listen to jazz. The acoustics are good, and there is plenty of space for the musicians and good sightlines for the audience. On jazz nights, the restaurant is closed to the public and transforms into an intimate jazz club, serving beer and wine and a limited menu of starters and entrees.
Fredonia’s Nick Weiser is at the piano. It performs with a bass player and drummer, who are often colleagues from the university, but who are sometimes selected from among other top regional talents. His trio is the hard core, and it is further reinforced by guest artists who make each evening a unique and breathtaking event.
Nick says, “I missed having our jazz club during the pandemic. It’s one of the best environments for live jazz anywhere in the region, and it’s always exciting to work with such high-level musicians in front of enthusiastic audiences. About the guest artists, he adds, “Sharing the stage with internationally renowned musicians is a pleasure for me, but it is truly a rare opportunity for all of us to experience great music. And it’s happening here. »
There are two upcoming jazz nights in the next few months. On Thursday, February 17, the guest is vocalist Kim Nazarian, and on Thursday, March 31, the headliner is saxophonist Brad Leali, who will also be joined by saxophonist Elliot Scozzaro. Weiser is quick to state, “These are among the top performers in their respective fields.”
Nazarian is a member of the famous New York Voices, influential in jazz for over thirty years. His Armenian heritage intertwines with an interest in Latin jazz, as evidenced by his recent work with Gabriel Espinoza and Paquito D’Rivera. His rich skill set has seen him appear with Gary Burton, John Pizzarelli, Sean Jones and Bobby McFerrin. She also collaborated with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour in honor of Ella Fitzgerald. “Going around the world provided favorite places and audiences”, Kim said, “including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Montreal Jazz Fest and performances in Europe, Asia and across North and South America! Whether I’m singing with the Boston Pops, the Count Basie Orchestra, or the next rising rhythm section, it’s an honor to make a living in music. I believe that is my mission in this particular life.
Brad Leali is a professor of jazz saxophone at the University of North Texas. He effortlessly combines gospel, jazz and R&B in his soulful and exciting style.
The New York Times said, “Saxophone player Brad Leali is among the most moving and exciting [players] of recent memory. Shortly after graduating he joined the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and five years later joined the Count Basie Orchestra. He pretends, “These are some of the greatest musical learning experiences I’ve ever had.” He has been a member of Grammy-winning projects and has been honored with his own nominations. In addition to a busy schedule teaching and conducting educational clinics across the country, Leali currently tours with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (since 2013).
ShapeLeali is the mentor of Fredonia’s Elliot Scozzaro, a professor at SUNY Fredonia. Elliot will also appear in this Domus Fare performance.
Jazz at Domus Fare 41 W. Main St., Fredonia will be Thursdays, February 17 and March 31 with two shows at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission per ticket only at $20 per event, advance purchase recommended. Information and tickets online at www.fredoniajazzsociety.com
The Fredonia Jazz Society is a community-based nonprofit organization that supports and hosts live performances and related activities in Western New York to benefit music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. With a focus on high standards and local and guest artists, the aim is to improve the quality of life through music and the arts.