30th  Year Celebration of  The PINE GRILL JAZZ REUNION !

Legendary Bluesman Buffalo’s Own Lucky Peterson Returns Home to Kick Off 30th  Year Celebration of  The PINE GRILL JAZZ REUNION !

In August 4  & 11 beginning at 3p.m., our community will once again explode with the 30th Pine Grill Jazz Reunion. MLK Park will be jumping, swinging, dancing, eating and greeting old and new friends and relatives.

   – Sunday August 4 –

Kicking off  week one, the stellar 30th season line up will include  a performance by Buffalo’s own  legendary Blues Man Lucky Peterson who will return to his East Side home base community for the first time in many years.

Master of the blues guitar and the Hammond B3, Lucky  is also celebrating his 50th Anniversary of performing professionally. A child prodigy, he was born and raised in Buffalo, NY in 1964, the son of James Peterson, a renowned blues guitarist and owner of “The Governor’s Inn,” a popular night club in the city. With all of the incredible talent and music going through the club   (such as Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bill Doggett ), Little Lucky Peterson, as they called him at the time, learned very early in his life that his true calling was music, and in particular the Blues!

In fact it was  Doggett’s mighty Hammond B-3 organ   that  fascinated the four-and-a-half-year-old lad, and soon Peterson,  at the precocious age of six, scored a national R&B hit with Willie Dixon who produced “1-2-3-4” which landed him on  The Tonight Show, ,The Ed Sullivan Show and “What’s My Line?”  Throughout his career, he has performed shows at many major festivals in  France, Germany, the UK and other European countries.  The  Pine Grill Reunion family proudly welcomes him  home!

Also gracing the stage week 1 will be the  Danny Mixon Quartet, Bobby Militello Organ Quartet and Straight Ahead.

Danny Mixon is a  prolific piano virtuoso who has performed in the U. S. and internationally. Danny has worked with such legendary performers as Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, and Frank Foster and continues to be in Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Big Band and his Non-Electric. He  is currently the Musical Director of the Legendary Lenox Lounge and is an instructor and performance artist with the Jazzmobile.

Another Buffalo native, Bobby Militello, has played with many artists for the last 5 decades, along with leading his own groups. In 1982  Buffalo’s own King of Punk Funk Rick James     heard Bobby’s fusion group, RPM. After coming to many gigs, Rick set Bobby up with a contract with Motown Records to record his first solo album Bobby M Blow. Bobby has worked with many world renowned composers and arrangers. To name a few, The Don Menza Quintet, Steve Hoffstetter Latin Big Band,            

The Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra and Big Band, and various television sessions at Lorimar Studios.

Straight Ahead was invited to open for the legendary Nina Simone at the Montreux-Switzerland Jazz Festival in 1990. Their founding members are the foundation for the band with Marion Hayden on bass, Alina Moor on piano and Gayelynn McKinney on drums. Hayden and McKinney are known as first-call players for any project involving modern jazz, where Morr brings to the table her expertise in and affection for Latin music as well as blues and gospel. The current group also includes vocalist Kimberly Wright comes from an R&B and pop direction.

 -Sunday August 11-

Week 2, August 11, the extraordinary music continues with    The L-A-W, Straight Shot, The Earl Roberson Quartet, Uncle Willie and Accent, & the Unity Band.

Remember the jazz concerts will start at 3 p.m. 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 paulrobesontheatrebuffalo@gmail.com