A new venue for jazz in the Buffalo area

On Tuesday night, November 1st, a new “Tuesday Nite Concert Series” begins. The Tim Clarke Trio will take the stage at the Village of Williamsville’s historic Meeting House for a 7pm concert.


If you’ve never been to The Meeting House on Main Street in Williamsville, you might be wondering, “How did this place become a new venue for jazz in the Buffalo area?” Here’s the story…

In 2013, local jazz singer Mark Weber decided to paint old, upright pianos colorfully and place them around the Buffalo area, outdoors, for the public to play. “Pianos in Public Buffalo” made a lot of people happy, accomplishing its intended goal.

Back then, Weber met with Dick and Sharon Rich from the Village of Williamsville. At the time, they were somewhat interested in having colorful pianos placed in Williamsville and Amherst. As the chair of the Village Arts & Culture Committee, Sharon Rich had been instrumental in organizing many positive events for years, including the Glen Park Art Festival. She and her husband asked Weber to join their committee since he was interested in promoting music and art in the area.

Fast forward to now. Weber somehow connected with JazzBuffalo’s email list to get news of area jazz events, and became Facebook friends with its founder, Tony Zambito. Since joining the Williamsville Arts & Culture Committee, Weber had helped put on various events at The Meeting House, which is located on Main Street near Mill Street. Seeing all the good Zambito was doing online, promoting jazz in the region, Weber thought, “Why not see if Tony Zambito would be interested in promoting jazz concerts at The Meeting House in Williamsville? It’d be another venue for jazz in the area– the more, the better.”

Zambito met with Weber, as well as Dick and Sharon Rich, at the Original Pancake House in Williamsville to discuss the potential of bringing jazz to the Village. Then Zambito attended the Arts & Culture Committee meeting at Village Hall recently, where the idea for a Tuesday night concert series this November and December at The Meeting House was met with both approval and enthusiasm.

The Meeting House on Main Street

So will The Meeting House go over well with jazz aficionados? Time will tell. If the “Tuesday Nite Concert Series” is well-attended, the musicians like the place, and word gets out, the Buffalo area may have another great place for jazz concerts.

The Meeting House stage

The Meeting House is at 5658 Main St. in the heart of Williamsville, at Main and Mill Streets. It’s the building that looks like an old church from the 1870s. Parking is available behind the venue as well as on the street and in nearby lots. Restaurants within walking distance include Sorrentinos, The Irishman, Creekview, Share, Moor Pat and The Eagle House if you want to make a night of it with dinner before or after the concert.

Key info: Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 7 to 9pm, Tim Clarke Trio (with George Kane & Wayne Moose) at The Meeting House on Main Street in Williamsville, $10 general admission, $5 for students

Kleinhans Buffalo

Kleinhans Buffalo
Kleinhans Buffalo
Kleinhans Buffalo

If you visit Symphony Circle in Buffalo you’ll find Kleinhans Music Hall, which is a National Historic Landmark. All the greats have passed through those stage entrance doors. Pictures by Todd Hariaczyi

The Homicide Education & Prevention Project Buffalo

We live in a world/society where killing is rampant. No remorse. No empathy. No feelings…

Kids today play video games that encourage killing. They watch TV shows that encourage killing. They listen to music that encourages killing. They live in neighborhoods where gangs encourage killing. Do they value life? Do they know how to resolve conflicts without guns? If they’re bullied, are they going to kill because of it? How do kids deal with their anger and fears? Do some kill for the fame, recognition, and, gasp, sense of belonging? There are plenty of fatherless children in Buffalo. Media and culture send them constant messages to be selfish, get what they want, and have no regard for other people’s feelings or families in the process. Everyday on the news you’ll witness another young person either being shot and killed or incarcerated. That is the plight of today’s cities like Buffalo.

If you know of a group of young people who could use a free workshop about understanding homicide, dealing with anger/fear, resolving problems with others, dealing with peer pressure/bullying, self-esteem, etc., Dr. Frederick Gelsey heads up The Homicide Education & Prevention Project; call him at 716-570-9573. I got his hand-out at Taking It to the Streets Buffalo. -Mark Weber

Martin Luther King Jr. Park Buffalo

Martin Luther King Jr. Park on the East Side of Buffalo, NY, is home to a giant splash pad. Kids enjoy this part of the park in the summer, for sure. It’s also home to the Taking It To The Streets celebration each August, organized by Anita Williams. The event features a health fair, school supplies/clothing for the taking, pony rides, live music, food, vendors and more. –Mark Weber of Beautiful Buffalo

Fabric Covered Church Buffalo

Have you seen the fabric covered church Buffalo? It’s at the corner of Richmond and West Ferry on the West Side of Buffalo. It’s an art installation by Amanda Browder, titled “Spectral Locus.” Put together by some 300 volunteers, the fabric covered church Buffalo is a sight to behold. –Mark Weber of Beautiful Buffalo


Big Head Cartoon


Big Head Cartoon is the brainchild of local artist Christina Reilly. She is a regular around Buffalo drawing caricatures at various events, including regular gigs at area Moe’s, Paula’s Donuts and Sky Zone in Cheektowaga.

Meanwhile, she has come up with several coloring books and offers lessons on how to draw… here’s the link for those.


Buffalo Short Commute City

I’m pleased to learn that Buffalo has the shortest commute time of the 50 major metro areas in the USA. According to Trulia.com, the commute time average for Buffalonians clocks in at 20.3 minutes, which beats the national average by 6.9 minutes! No wonder Buffalo has long been known as “The 20 Minute City.”

To put this Buffalo short commute time in perspective, lets say you lived in New York City. There you’d spend about 125 hours or three work weeks extra in your car or truck compared to Buffalo.