The 29th Annual Pine Grill Jazz Reunion rocked Martin Luther King Park for the first of two exciting Sundays August 5th and continues on August 12th with performances starting at 3 p.m. Remember the tune “Hot Time in the Summer?” Well that’s what these two days will be like with one of Buffalo’s largest jazz concerts in our community!
This year’s jazz reunion is dedicated to musician Reynold Scott.
August 5th featured the following: • Saltman Knowles, originally known as “Soulservice,” has recorded and released seven original jazz cds. •Bill Easley, the brother of Buffalo’s Madeline Scott, joined the George Benson Quartet in January of 1968 and traveled with the great guitarists for the remainder of the decade. Accompanying Mr. Easley was Akiko Tsuraga, famous B3 organ musician who has been under the tutelage of Lonnie Smith. •Blues Bluesman Ray Schinnery graced the stage with his swinging foot stomping, hand clapping blues guitar. After hearing B.B. King Schinnery decided to make blues his life’s work &he has done just that. •“King” Solomon Hicks is a 23 year old guitarist/vocalist from the upper Westside of New York City aka Harlem. At the age of 13 Solomon started playing with the Cotton Club’s 17 piece band as lead guitarist and still continues to perform there. He is nationally renowned and his first major release on the Mascot Label group will hit the streets in the Fall of 2018.
A Little History
-It Started In The Rain-
It’s been 29 years since the first Pine Grill Reunion event, which was in the rain. The artist was Jimmy McGriff. Cultural Center Executive Director Agnes M. Bain recalls how “He was so excited about the number of people who came out in the rain, even though he couldn’t perform because it was too wet to turn on electricity, he volunteered to come back the next week!” When McGriff came back the following week in 1989, it rained too. He performed in the park anyway, near the bust of Martin Luther King Jr., and people sat on the concrete under umbrellas to listen. Hosted by the African American Cultural Center, it’s grown tremendously since then, and enjoyed by thousands each year..
Bring your chairs and be ready to Party. Meet and Greet old school mates, lost relatives, and friends, be ready to have a smile on your face the entire day.
For additional information please contact Paulette D. Harris, Coordinator at 884-2013 Ext. 103 or email@example.com