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Jazz. It is often called uniquely American music. Born in New Orleans, he is the product of an organic mix of African, Creole and European cultures.

Its popularity spread to America with the minstrel show and the advent of recording. It is therefore interesting to discover that it has flourished, with a local touch, in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Havana, Tokyo, Sydney and so many other places in the world. It has proven to be universal and culturally flexible. “Make no mistake,” says Christian McBride, an eight-time Grammy-winning bassist from Philadelphia. “This music is for everyone.”

Throughout the world, the jazz club is the place where jazz is best heard. This is an opportunity to listen to this music, possibly accompanied by a meal and a glass of wine, in a relaxed and conducive setting. Jazz at Domus Fare is Fredonia’s jazz club, bringing a living sample of this fascinating music to the community. If you’ve attended one of these jazz nights in recent years, you’ve heard one of the many musicians on flute, sax, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, guitar and voice, often accompanied by Nick Weiser and his talented trio. Domus Fare has hosted 15 different musicians since its debut in 2018.

In 2022-23, the lineup is more exciting than ever. All events are held Thursday nights at the Domus Fare Restaurant, 41 W. Main Street, Fredonia, with two shows each night at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.

The new season kicks off October 20 with a special event featuring one of the most inventive trumpeters in jazz today. Sean Jones has been a member of Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, a member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective, a soloist with many major orchestras, and a collaborator with the world’s most renowned musicians. Jones is a professor of jazz at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and will perform with the Nick Weiser Trio.


The following four events represent the heart of the season. The Nick Weiser Quartet will deliver a holiday-focused performance on December 8. The famous Bobby Militello Quartet will perform on February 23. On March 23, in collaboration with SUNY Fredonia, the exceptional Derrick Gardner, trumpet, will be invited with Elliot Scozzaro, saxophone. Then, on April 13, Latin percussionist Marko Marcinko will offer us a Cuban groove to get our feet moving.

Another special event will end the season on May 11. Endearing and gregarious guitarist from Brazil, Diego Figueiredo, and his longtime collaborator Ken Peplowski, clarinet and sax, will amaze us with their showmanship and talent. Ken can be heard on over 400 recordings, and both Diego and Ken have independent international careers.

The Fredonia Jazz Society, which organizes these events, strives to make the series as representative as possible of the breadth of the jazz style and to make each event distinctive and entertaining. The venue is intimate and an effort is made to ensure everyone has a good seat.

Therefore, Jazz at Domus Fare tends to sell out, so getting tickets in advance is very important.


To learn more about the season’s events, Jazz at Domus Fare and to purchase tickets, please visit

The Fredonia Jazz Society is a community-based nonprofit organization that supports and hosts live performances and related activities in Western New York to benefit music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. With a focus on high standards and local and guest artists, the aim is to improve the quality of life through music and the arts.

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