Performers in recent years include the Brendan Lanighan Sextet, the Bobby Jones Trio, the Greg Millar Quintet, the Nancy Kelly Quintet, the Don Menza Septet, vocalist Carla Valenti, Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, the JD Allen Trio, tenor saxophonist Don Menza, Freddy Cole with guitarist George Kane, Joe Gransden with saxophonist John Sandfort, Laurie Bordonaro with the Bobby Militello Trio, Kevin Mahogany and Bruce Johnstone, Cindy Miller with the Bobby Jones Trio, George Caldwell with saxophonist Bobby LaVell, the Bobby Militello Quartet, Three Generations of Hasselbacks, and, of course, Stanford Lipsey’s favorite jazz artist, tenor saxophonist Don Rice.
The Summer Jazz Series was the brainchild of Stanford Lipsey and has been made possible since its inception through Lipsey’s generosity. A devoted music aficionado, Lipsey was also an accomplished photographer and served as Publisher of The Buffalo News from 1983 until 2012. Together with his wife Judi he has greatly enhanced the vibrancy of our Western New York community by supporting major arts and architectural initiatives. We enthusiastically look forward to the return of this beloved event, supported by the Stanford and Judith Lipsey Foundation, on the grounds of the expanded Buffalo AKG Art Museum in the near future.