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Mon, Aug 15th 2016 08:00 am
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 15th Anniversary for Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival!


(Lewiston, NY) - In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival returns with some hot jazz and cool sounds on August 26th and 27th, presented by Sevenson Environmental Services and Artpark.  Rising Star Stage Sponsor is M&T Bank, and the Peace Garden Stage Sponsor is the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.


The region's most popular free music festival presents non stop performances on five stages, special Jazz activities, and an abundance of culinary delights with Niagara region wineries to the Village of Lewiston. This year's celebration will kick off on Friday (8/26) at 4:45PM with The French Quarter Hounds parading down Center street. Festival times are 4:45PM to 10PM on Friday (8/26) and Noon to 10PM on Saturday (8/27). The annual festival is presented by the Lewiston Jazz Festival Inc, in partnership with the Town and Village of Lewiston.


Voted one of the top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (2014), the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival has received numerous awards including Best of WNY Award as the "Best (suburban) Festival"  (Buffalo Spree 2015), and Best of Niagara Readers Choice award for  "Best Local Festival" (Niagara Gazette 2015).  This annual free music Festival draws over thirty thousand people to the quaint Village of Lewiston on the Niagara River each August.


The headlining acts slated to take the Main Stage at this year's 15th Anniversary Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival will feature National Jazz Award winner for "Best Female Vocalist", Molly Johnson at the Festival's Main Stage on Friday August 26th (8PM).  Returning for the 15th Anniversary celebration, multi-platinum selling singer, saxophonist, producer and songwriter Curtis Stigers, will close the Festival on Saturday August 27th   (8PM).    VIP Seating Tickets are $20, and now available for each headliner performance at www.lewistonjazz.com.


The Festival stages will present local and regional Jazz talents throughout the Festival. The second annual Jazz Mass at St. Peter's RC Church on Center Street will take place Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm. The popular Jazz Festival Jewelry Tent returns to Center Street Friday and Saturday.


The Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival Inc. is a non profit event supported by community donations, corporate sponsors, the Town and Village of Lewiston, and Niagara County.  Corporate and private support for the 15th annual festival has been generously provided supported by numerous Buffalo Niagara companies, organizations, and individuals: see 2016 Sponsors attached here.


The Historic Lewiston Jazz Festivals 15th Anniversary celebration is one that should not be missed!

For the complete schedule of performances, VIP ticket and sponsor information, visit www.lewistonjazz.com.



Thomas B. Burrows, Calspan, Certo Brothers Distributing, Elderwood at Wheatfield, First Niagara, Mark Cerrone, Inc., Modern Disposal, Niagara County Legislature, Seneca Niagara Casino, T M Montante development, Town Of Lewiston, Village of Lewiston, Zaxis Architectural PC



Amendola Property Management, Inc., Apple Granny, Arbor Tree & Land Care, Connie & Jim Arena, Carmelo's Restaurant, Casa Antica, Center Plaza LP, Compu-Mail, CornerstoneCommunity FCU, CRA Infrastructure & Engineering, Inc., Feldman Kieffer,LLP, Frey Electric, George Edwards Jewelers And Small World Child (Kathy Edwards), Hardison Funeral Home, Hibbards Custard & Old Portage Shop, Hunt Real Estate, Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, Paul D. Lytle, Lytle Associates, James J. Mahar, C.M./Niagara University, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, One Niagara, Paul Grenga, Northern Customs Services, Inc., Realty USA - Lewiston Office, Senator Robert G. Ortt, George & Nancy Osborne, Pine Pharmacy, Pamela & Joseph Priest, Sicoli Construction Services, Inc., Tedesco Construction Services, The Lewiston Insurance Agency, Theresa and Ralph Guerrucci FamilyTrust, Tim Hortons-Niagara Falls, Unifrax, Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Williams, Women's Medicine of Niagara


15th Anniversary Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival                               August 26th & 27th



Headlining the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival on Friday August 26th (8PM- Main Stage)


Molly Johnson (www.mollyjohnson.com)

Known as one of Canada's greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist who has grown to become a Canadian icon in the jazz scene worldwide. Molly's luscious interpretations of jazz and blues standards speak to an emotional depth that few vocalists in any genre have ever reached.


Headlining the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival on Saturday August 27th (8PM - Main Stage)


Curtis Stigers (www.curtisstigers.com)

Multi-platinum selling singer, saxophonist, producer and songwriter, Curtis Stigers started his music career in Boise, Idaho as a teenager.  His smooth blend of jazz, soul, and soft rock led him to lend his voice on records with Al Green and Shawn Colvin, in studios with venerated producers like Larry Klein, Danny Kortchmar, and Glen Ballard, and onstage with a plethora of legends, including pop and rock greats Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, and The Allman Brothers, and jazz giants Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau, Gerry Mulligan, Randy and Michael Brecker, Chuck Mangione, Toots Thielmans, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, and many more.

Stigers' talent was recognized early on by music business impresario Clive Davis, who signed Stigers to a record deal after seeing him in a New York dive. A debut album sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide on the strength of self-penned hit singles like "I Wonder Why," "You're All That Matters to Me," and "Never Saw a Miracle." A year later, Stigers contributed a cover version of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding" to The Bodyguard Soundtrack, which sold over 40 million copies worldwide.  

Stigers' 2003 release You Inspire Me was The Sunday Times (UK) Jazz Album of the Year; in 2007 BBC Radio 2 awarded him Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2010 and 2013, Deutsche Phono-Akademie named Stigers InternationalMale Jazz Singer of the Year at the Jazz Echo Awards; he received an Emmy nomination for "This Life," a song he co-wrote and sang for the popular television show Sons of Anarchy.  Stigers also recently recorded a duet of Cole Porter's classic "Well Did You Evah" with Family Guy creator/actor/producer Seth MacFarlane and the John Wilson Orchestra, and he made a cameo appearance in MacFarlane's movie Ted.





Main Stage     (4th & Center Streets)

            5:00PM-7:00PM                   My Cousin Tone'

            8:00PM-10:00PM                 HEADLINER: Molly Johnson

Lewiston Peace Garden - sponsored by Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

            5:00PM-7:00PM                   LTM Trio

            7:15PM-9:15PM                   Wayne Moose Trio Frontier House Porch

            5:00PM-7:00PM                   Phil DiRe Septet                                                      7:15PM-9:15PM                   Carol McLaughlin Quintet DiCamillo Courtyard

            6:00-7:45PM                         Declan Miers

            8:00PM-10:00PM                 Luke Ciminelli

M&T Bank Rising Star Stage (6th & Center Streets)

            5:00PM-6:45PM                   Jazz Current

            7:00PM-9:00PM                   Hard Logic

"After Hours Jazz"                 Check the website www.lewistonjazz.com

15th Anniversary Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival

August 26th & 27th



Main Stage     (4th & Center Streets)

            12:30PM-2:30PM                 Big City Horns

            2:45PM-4:45PM                   Sabu Adeyola

            5:00PM-7:00PM                   Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz Ensemble

            8:00PM-10:00PM                 HEADLINER: Curtis Stigers

Lewiston Peace Garden - sponsored by Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

           12:30PM-2:30PM                 Joe Baudo Quartet Featuring vocalist Cheryl Ferris

            2:45PM-4:45PM                   Laurie Bordonaro Trio

            5:00PM-7:00PM                   Tom Paladino Trio

            7:15PM-9:15PM                   Carina and the Six String Preacher

Frontier House Porch

            12:30PM-2:30PM                 Ralph Fava

            2:45PM-4:45PM                   Alec Dube Quintet

            5:00PM-7:00PM                   Barbara Jean

            7:15PM-9:15PM                   Dan Hull & Friends

DiCamillo Courtyard

            6:00PM-7:45PM                   Chase Ellison

            8:00PM-10:00PM                 Charlie Reedy

M&T Bank Rising Star Stage (6th & Center Streets)

            12:30PM-2:30PM                 Mary McMahon Project

            2:45PM-4:45PM                   Fredtown Stompers

            5:00PM-7:00PM                   Jennifer May's Ladies First Jazz Big Band

            7:15PM-9:15PM                   Lynn Ligammari Quintet


St Peter's Roman Catholic Church JAZZ MASS

Pre-mass concert 4:00pm     featuring Bobby Militello

Jazz Mass 4:30pm


"After Hours Jazz"                 Check the website www.lewistonjazz.com




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