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Ladies First Jazz

The Big Band...

The Ladies First Big Band is a 16-pc. all-female group formed by bassist Jennifer May. The band had its roots in a six piece ensemble started in 1994.

 

In the fall  of 2002, Jennifer expanded this 6-pc group into a full-sized Big Band for a show she was producing in celebration of Women's History Month. The show, "An All-Female Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald," was performed in 2003 at Allen Hall on the University of Buffalo South Campus and was very well-received. The Band has been performing together ever since.

 

Since that first appearance, the Ladies First Big Band has celebrated Women's History Month every year with a new production of "Women of Jazz by Women of Jazz"; a tribute to female jazz performers. The band has performed everywhere from Jamestown to Rochester, and concert venues ranging from the Tralf Music Hall and Riviera Theatre, to the M&T Noontime Summer Concert Series, Canal Fest, and Taste of Buffalo.

 

The musicians in the Ladies First Big Band are based in the Western New York area, and many of them perform in other local bands. The group rehearses every Sunday at the Newman Center near the UB North Campus.  Their debut CD, Ladies First Live at the Tralf was released in 2009.

Mark the date!

SOLD OUT

FRIDAY

FEBRUARY 9, 2024

6:00 - 10:00

MARDI GRAS

Newman Center

495 Skinnersville Rd

(off of Sweethome Rd.)

$10  Adult Admission 

Tickets available at the Newman Center

Sundays after services the next 3 weeks 

Sample New Orleans Food

prepared by Father Paul "the Cooking Priest"

music by LADIES FIRST JAZZ 16 PIECE BIG BAND
Playing New Orleans Mardi Gras Music

Now this you have to hear!  And Dance too!
 

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SATURDAY

FEBRUARY 10th 2024 

7:00pm

Free Will Donation

"A JAZZY KIND OF LOVE"
Ladies First Jazz Sextet

Jennie Jones

Maggie Roston, Julie Winden, Claudia Andres, Jennifer May, Peggy Scalzo

A story of love written by Jennie Jones

with spoken word and songs from the American Song book.

    Youngstown First Presbytarian Church

100 Church St. Youngstown

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SUNDAY

MARCH 3, 2024

LADIES FIRST JAZZ 10 PIECE BIG BAND

featuring Vocalist Donna Delano-Kerr 

3:00 - 5:00

free & Family Friendly

The Meeting  House

 5658 Main St Williamsville 

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21st ANNUAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

 

LADIES FIRST JAZZ BIG BAND

 

featuring

 

JOHN STEVENS

 

Sunday March 10, 2024

 

1:00 - 3:00

 

$25

 

Classics V

2425 Niagara Falls Blvd

Amherst NY

 

BASKET RAFFLE FOR ZONTA CLUB OF BUFFALO

 

Partial Proceeds of ticket sales to benefit Zonta Club of Buffalo

Finger Food Fare Menu $  Cash Bar

Free parking

Tickets available at EVENTBRITE.COM

    

PLEASE  CHECK US ON FACEBOOK:

  Ladies First Jazz

 

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LADIES FIRST JAZZ 16 Piece BIG BAND

 

TV AND MOVIE THEMES

 

SUNDAY  JULY 7, 2024

 

3:00 - 5:00

 

$20

 

Newman Center

495 Skinnersville Rd

(Off of Sweethome rd. near UB North Campus)

Amherst NY

 

Tickets available on line and day of show 

come dressed as your favorite TV or Movie star and win a prize! 

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PAST PERFORMANCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023 Performances

 

SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2023

A Jazzy Kind of Love - by Jennie Jones

7:00 -9;00 pm

$20 tickets at the door

Matts Music  937 Oliver St N. Ton

Jennie Jones

Claudia Andres  Julie Winden  Jennifer May  Peggy Scalzo

 

Free Parking

 

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Sunday July 16

3:00 - 5:00

$20

Christmas and More

Ladies First 15 piece Big Band

The Newman Center North

Skinnersville Rd (Off Sweethome)

Free Parking

 

 

MUSIC @ THE LIBRARY

Ladies First Jazz TRIO

Jennie Jones, Claudia Andres and Jennifer May

2:00- 3:30

FREE

open to the public

Downtown Central Library

1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo

SPORTSMEN'S AMERICANA MUSIC FOUNDATION

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CHRISTMAS SHOW

NIAGARA REGIONAL THEATRE

Ladies First Jazz Big Band

Buffalo Dolls with Greg Hennesey 

Friday December 8th

7:30

Tickets $ 20 -$ 22

550 Ellicott Creek Rd

Tonawanda NY 14150

716- 260-2319

niagaratheatre.com

Enjoy your favorite holiday tunes from

The Andrews SIsters, Bing Crosby and More

 

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Jennie Jones   Jennifer May  Claudia Andres TRIO

Memory Cafe

By Westfalls Center for the Arts

Tuesday December 19 at Temple Beth Zion Delaware Ave NOON

&

Tuesday December 20  Amherst Senior Center NOON

one hour FREE 

Please call 570-6520 or email westfallsartcenter@gmail.com to reserve a spot!  

ANNUAL WOMENS HISTORY MONTH SHOW

(Fundraiser Zonta Buffalo)

Ladies First Jazz 15 Peice Big Band

Vocalist Jennie Jones

Sunday March 26

1:00 - 3:00

DANCE FLOOR

CLASSICS V

2425 NIagara Falls Blvd.

Amherst NY
Tickets Will be Available Soon Through Ladies First Jazz

$20 Presale

 

Saturday January 14 2023

Youngstown Presbytarian Church

100 Church street Youngstown, NY

7:00pm

Free Will Donation

 10 Piece Band 

Vocalist Jennie Jones

 

Ladies First Quartet

4 Luncheon Memory Cafe Events

December 

Sponsored by Westfalls Music Center

 

Details upcoming:

Amherst Senior Center December 20 2:00

Dale Center Lockport December 28 11:30

Temple Beth Zion December 14  Noon

Westfalls Muisc Center  December Noon

 

December 3, 2022 7-10pm

Holiday Show 
The Buffalo Dolls

&

 LADIES FIRST JAZZ 

10 Piece Band

 

West Falls Center for the Arts
1863 Davis Rd.
West Falls, NY 14170

Tickets: 

https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTY4NDI0

THE GLENN MILLER SHOW

Stardust & Moonlight

The Buffalo Dolls with Greg Hennesey

and

THE LADIES FIRST JAZZ BIG BAND

FRIDAY

October  7, 2022

Niagara Regional Theatre

550 Ellicott Creek Road

Tonawanda, NY 14150

$12--$17

TICKETS

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/12389/ellicott-creek-playhouse

716-260-2319

info@niagaratheatre.com

 

August 4, 2022 7-8:30pm
The Buffalo Dolls and Ladies First Jazz in a

Star Spangled Spectacular

for the Town of Amherst's

Arts and Culture in Public Places

"Music on the Move" Series
Cost: Free
Amherst Veterans Canal Park 
146 Brenon Rd.
Amherst, NY


Event is rain or shine. Family friendly. Bring a lawn chair.  In case of rain, indoor location TBA

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DONNA DELANO_KERR

Ladies First Jazz Quartet
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30

1:30 - 2:15

THE SPORTSMANS TAVERN

BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

Event goes till 6:00pm with various bands

Ida Goeckel

Annual benefit featuring live performances by female musicians

. All proceeds benefit Women's Resource Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

LADIES FIRST QUARTET
WILLIAMSVILLE DEPOT

S. Long St

SATURDAY 
AUGUST 13

2-4pm

FREE

WILLIAMSVILLE DEPOT FUNDRAISER

Bring a chair

 

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YOUNGSTOWN GAZEBO CONCERT SERIES

FRIDAY

AUGUST 26

6:30 - 8:00

10 Piece band with vocalist Donna Delano-Kerr

 

MEMORY CAFE

 sponsored by West Falls Center for the Arts for patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and their caregivers will take place on the following dates:

 

Buffalo Dolls

&

10 Piece Ladies First

Tuesday July 5  2:00 - 3:00 Amherst Senior Center

Wednesday July 6 noon - 1:00  Westfalls Music Center

Wednesday July 13 The Dale Association Lockport

 
Please call or email to make a reservation at the following:
(716) 570-6520 or westfallsartcenter@gmail.com

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Thursday

July 28

Noon - 1:00

FREE

LADIES FIRST JAZZ Big Band

with vocalist Donna Delano-Kerr

Bring a lawn chair

Rain or Shine

 

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Sunday July 10

Spring Lake Winery

Day of Jazz

2:30 - 4:30

10 Piece Big Band with Vocalist Donna Delano Kerr

TIckets $25 - $25

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-in-the-vineyard-tickets-311902628157

 

OPENING WEEKEND OF SPAMALOT AND GLENN MILLER TRIBUTE POSTPONED
During this pandemic, NRTG has always kept the safety of our patrons, staff, and performers as our top priority.  In the days leading up to opening night for Spamalot, we have had some Covid cases among the cast that would, if we were to open as originally planned, require their return in a timeframe that is at the edge of acceptable. As such, we are announcing that we are postponing the opening of "Spamalot" for one week. If you purchased tickets for a performance that was scheduled April 22-24, we will be contacting you to arrange for you to attend another performance. If your tickets are scheduled for the weekends of April 29 and May 6, your tickets will remain the same. 
This will also cause us to reschedule the May 13 Glenn Miller tribute concert. If you have tickets for this event, we will send you new tickets as soon as the event is rescheduled.
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Friday 

May 13, 2022

7:30pm

$

Genn Miller Tribute

Buffalo Dolls

Greg Hennessey

Ladies First Jazz Big Band

https://niagaratheatre.com/https://niagaratheatre.com/

260-2319

 

Sunday July 10

Spring Lake Winery

Day of Jazz

2:30 - 4:30

10 Piece Big Band with Vocalist Donna Delano Kerr

TIckets $25 - $25

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-in-the-vineyard-tickets-311902628157

 

 

 

YOUNGSTOWN GAZEBO

FRIDAY

AUGUST 26

6:30 - 8:00

10 Piece Big Band

 

 

 

 

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MT. ST. MARY'S school

Delaware Aveniue

Sunday March 27th

7:00pm

$

Fundraiser 

Ladies First Jazz BIg Band

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Check back for updates

 

 

 

 

THE TRALF

March 6, 2022

1:00 - 3:00

Women's History Month Celebtration

Partial Proceeds to Zonta Buffalo

20th Anniversary of Ladies First Jazz Big Band

Ladies First Jazz Band 

Vocalist Donna Kerr

Spoken Word Verniece Turner

$20 presale    $25 day of show

 

 

 

 

PAST SHOWS

Buffalo Dolls & Ladies First Jazz 10 piece

Christmas Show 

Sunday December 19

Westfalls Center for the Arts

2:00pm

https://www.westfallsartcenter.org/latest-events/

1863 Davis Rd Westfalls NY 716-570-6520

$

Reserve your seats today! 

 

 

 


YEAH! OUR FIRST PUBLIC GIG SINCE MARCH 2020

WEST FALLS ARTS CENTER
Saturday August 21

7:00pm  $20

https://www.westfallsartcenter.org/latest-events/

THE BUFFALO DOLLS

&

 The Ladies First Jazz 10 Piece Big Band

 

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LADIES FIRST JAZZ QUARTET

Saturday July 24

2-4pm

Williamsville Train Depot

86 Long St. Williamsville, NY

FUNDRAISER

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Ladies First Jazz Drummer Peggy Scalzo in the spotlight:

I'm honored to have been selected as the current SEN (Sabian Education Network) "Featured Teacher"! Unfortunately you have to be a member of SEN and log in to actually see the post (which really means only drum teachers see it!), but here's some pictures of what it looks like. Thank you Sabian (& Joe Bergamini)!

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                 It is with much sadness that we share the news of the loss of                       Trumpeter Carol Svensen on October 11, 2020,  who was a long time member of Ladies First Jazz.  She will be greatly missed.

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We are deeply saddened by the loss of our band member, trumpeter,

Kristina Gailie Bordeleau. 

She lost her courageous battle with cancer

on Wednesday December 4th. 2019 

 

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LADIES FIRST JAZZ BIG BAND AWARDED: Best jazz Big Band, Best Jazz Large Ensemble Most Memorable Jazz Performance (with the Buffalo Dolls), from the 2019 5th Annual JazzBuffaloPoll.  Thank you Buffalo we are honored!  

 

The Ladies First Big Band and Ladies First Combo, created by award-winning bassist Jennifer May, are all-female jazz groups based in the Western NY area. Both the Big Band and the Combo have been awarded the titles of "Buffalo's Best Big Band" and "Buffalo's Best Small Jazz Group", respectively, by the Buffalo Music Awards (sponsored by Nightlife Magazine). Additionally, both groups have been nominated for Artvoice's Best of Buffalo Awards numerous times as well as the  JazzBuffalo Awards.

 

The Big Band and Combo have been seen performing everywhere from Jamestown Community College to The Riviera Theater, The M&T Noontime Concert Series, The Tralf Music Hall, The Chautauqua Amphitheater and many more locations.

The Combo...

The Ladies First Combo consists of a subset of performers from the Big Band. The flexible sizing of the group, as small as a trio or as large as a 6-peice, allows the Combo to perform at events not suited for the Big Band.

 

 

The Combo has performed at venues such as Canalside, M&T Plaza;  Queen CIty Jazz Festival, Elmwood Ave Festival of the Arts, Montante Center;  Taste of Buffalo, etc.They have been the recipients of the Buffalo Music Award for "Best Jazz Combo" three times. 

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