The 16th annual Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY (formerly known as the Lewiston Jazz Festival), scheduled for August 25 and 26 of 2017, announced its jazz artist line-up at the Taste of Jazz Fundraiser on April 2nd.  30 live performances are scheduled for the 2-day festival across 5 stages throughout the heart of Lewiston, NY.  Including headliners on Friday and Saturday nights and the introduction of a thematic approach to various stages.

The two headliners announced are the Dave Stryker Quintet with Eric Alexander on Friday night, August 25 and The Hot Sardines on Saturday night, August 26.  Dave Stryker was recently voted once again into the 2016 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls. His latest CD “Eight Track II” has spent 20 weeks on the JazzWeek radio chart and was voted a Top CD of 2016 (4 Stars) in Downbeat.  Eric Alexander is also voted into the 2016 Downbeat Readers and Critics Poll and is considered one of the top tenor saxophonist in the jazz scene today.

The Hot Sardines are an ensemble determined to make early 20th century music in the style of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong modern again.  Highly praised throughout festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, they bring an entertaining style to vintage jazz.  Vocalist Elizabeth Bougeral is the frontwoman for the band and the ensemble features a total of 8 members. 

Artist Line-Up

The Festival is pleased to present its 2017 line-up which will include the introduction of new themes for two of its 5 stages and a diverse presentation of various jazz styles.  The line-up by stage are:

 The Main Stage

Opening the festival on the Main Stage will be the Buffalo Jazz Octet.  An ensemble called "...a veritable who’s who list of killer regional jazz players..." by the Buffalo News, will perform at 5 pm on Friday, August 25.  The Friday Headliner, Dave Stryker Quintet with Eric Alexander, will follow at 8:30 pm.

On Saturday, the Main Stage will feature 3 performances preceding the Saturday, Headliner, The Hot Sardines, who will perform at 8:30 pm.  Performances will include:

  • The Ernie Krivda Quartet, which will feature the legendary Cleveland-based saxophonist, whose latest CD Requiem For A Jazz Lady, has been widely heralded.  In 2009 Ernie Krivda received the Cleveland Arts Prize award for lifetime achievement in music.  Krivda has appeared in the Detroit jazz Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival multiple times.
  • The afternoon will also feature the international jazz trio, the Philippe Lemm Trio.  The trio has toured extensively in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and in New York City, performing original compositions from their new CD, New Amsterdam..   The trio will feature the rising stars pianist Angelo Di Loreto and bassist Jeff Koch.  The prolific drummer Philippe Lemm has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center DC, Concert Gebouw, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
  • Performing later in the afternoon will be the New York City based composer, arranger, and trumpeter Wayne Tucker and his quartet, which will also feature Israeli jazz pianist Hila Kulik, who has performed with Donald Harrison and Bria Skonberg.  The jazz trumpeter’s most recent CD, When I Was A Child, has been widely acclaimed.  Tucker has played with many of today's current Jazz stars including Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cyrille Aimee, and Pop stars like Taylor Swift and Elvis Costello.


The Rising Stars Stage

The Rising Stars Stage will feature a collection of youth and up and coming jazz attractions to include:

  • The locally popular band, The TRUTH will feature a youthful collective of jazz/funk/fusion music performers.
  • Coming from New York City will be the Young Lions of New York led by trumpeter John Hasselback, III and feature a quintet of rising stars in the New York City straight-ahead jazz scene
  • The Jacob Jay Quintet featuring trumpeter Jacob Jay and vocalist Shaun Doyle will perform a collection of original compositions and tunes from the Great American Songbook
  • The Buffalo Brass Machine, an 8-piece ensemble with roots to the University of Buffalo and performing regionally in Toronto, Rochester, Cleveland, Saratoga, and Detroit, will perform their unique brand of traditional New Orleans style street jazz
  • Pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and former Be Arthur band leader Mark Marinaccio, will lead an 8-piece ensemble performing contemporary original jazz
  • The BluJazz label artists, Walter Kemp 3oh!, will take the stage in the evening and perform music from their widely-acclaimed CD, Dark Continent.  The CD is receiving airplay nationally and the group has performed in Toronto, New York City, and Philadelphia


The DiCamillo Courtyard Stage – Women In Jazz

The courtyard stage will introduce a Women in Jazz theme this year and feature a collection of local female jazz vocalists with a range of styles to include the Great American Songbook, R&B, and Indie Jazz.  The Women in Jazz line-up will present some of the area’s finest female jazz vocalists to include Barbara Levy Daniels, Einat Agmon, Becky Davis, Katy Miner, Sharon Bailey, and Janice Mitchell. 


The Frontier House Stage – Groove Station

The Frontier House porch, located in the middle of Center Street, will present a line-up of jazz in the “groove” style of consisting of organ-based, guitar, and sax jazz.  Scheduled to perform are the Fronstreet Men Organ Trio with music from their debut CD, local jazz gospel artist and icon Brotha Perry, the Ron Davis Combo featuring 2 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductees, the highly-regarded jazz pianist Doug Gaston Quartet, the popular organ trio and Rochester-based Paradigm Shift, and the Devin Kelly Trio featuring top jazz organist Dino Losito on organ and Eastman Professor Bob Schneider on guitar led by drummer Devin Kelly as they perform music from their new CD.


The Peace Garden Stage

The Peace Garden will feature unique jazz befitting the name of this stage.  Performers will include the Frank Gerard/ Ray Chamberlain Quartet with Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee Chamberlain, the Joe Brancato/Dave Schiavone Quartet performing music from their acclaimed CD, Hidden Treasure, trio Payazzo featuring unique horns and guitar arrangements, the improvisational jazz group Why Not? led by Kevin Doyle and featuring trumpeter Tim Clarke, the popular jazz noir trio Carina and the Six String Preacher, and the area’s premier gypsy jazz band – The Hot Club of Buffalo.

The festival kicks off on Friday, August 25th at 5 pm rain or shine.  An exciting 2-day event as one of the area’s best regional festival of its kind.  For more information and to follow the festival developments, please visit the Northwest Jazz Festival website at