Nietzsche’s JazzFest is a grassroots 5-day jazz festival at the local Allen-street live music dive. The event takes pride in supporting and putting emphasis on local, original jazz music, being created right here in Buffalo, NY, all while being provided in an unpretentious setting with an affordable cover charge.
The lineup boasts 20+ bands, featuring local, regional, and national jazz musicians.
This year’s headliner is Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, an Asheville-based jazz/rock fusion band led by a world renowned steel pannist. Think danceable, virtuosic, instrumental fusion, NOT cruise ships and tropical resorts. The band’s most recent album, PILLAR, featured a star-studded cast of special casts, including Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, MonoNeon, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jeff Coffin, Shaun Martin, Weedie Braimah, and Béla Fleck. The music is incredible, for fans of Snarky Puppy, The Funky Knuckles, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.
Other notable acts for Nietzsche’s JazzFest IV include Acid Cats (jazz fusion from Akron, OH), Paradigm Shift (soul-jazz trio from Rochester), and local Buffalo jazz community staples, such as GRÜVOLOGY, Tim Clarke Soul-tet, Mark Filsinger Quintet, Donny Frauenhofer Trio, Alex McArthur Quintet, Dr. Jazz and the Jazzbugs, and many more.
This year will also feature two late-night jam sessions, kicking off in the early hours of the morning, on the Friday/Saturday nights of the festival. The jams will be hosted by Jazz Caché and The Jacob Jay/Dalton Sharp Quintet. The jams are open to all musicians, whether performers or attendees of the festival.
The event is presented by Lavender Haze Collective, a new Buffalo-based company (founded by Ellen Pieroni in 2018) focused on supporting the local and regional music scene through tour booking, artist management, and promotion/talent buying.
The festival will take place at Nietzsche’s in Allentown on May 8-12, 2019. Ticket/door charges range from $5-$12 per night, with limited full festival passes available for $30 (presale only). Tickets are available online through Eventbrite: