DATE: Thursday July 23rd, 2015
STAGE: Stratus Vineyards
ADDRESS: 2059 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
TIME: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Warren Stirtzinger – guitarist
George Kane – guitarist

George Kane – Guitarist

Well-establish in the Buffalo jazz culture for the past 30 years, George has performed with many of the area’s finest musicians in various venues and styles – ranging from standards to original compositions.  His talent has been featured on many local recordings and in national advertisements.  George’s group, “The Magpies,” consists of distinguished musicians, Tim Clarke, trumpet player and soloist, and bassist, John Werick.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, George studied with Bill Leavitt, author of Modern Method for Guitar.  Aside from performing, he teaches guitar to students of all ages, encouraging strong technical skills. Several of George’s students have pursued a secondary education in music and a career in the music field.

George resides with my family in Hamburg, New York.

Warren Stirtzinger hails from St. Catharines, ON, where he has been a full-time musician since graduating from Brock University in 1977.  He has worked in a variety of groups in the Niagara area, including the John Sherwood Trio, the Bill Stevens Dixieland Band, and the Niagara College Jazz Band.  In 1999 he joined the Bar-room Buzzards of Buffalo, New York, playing both guitar and banjo in this popular group.  In 2002 the “Buzzards” were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.  He has also appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.  Warren has appeared with Peter Appleyard and Guido Basso, as well as several appearances with Dave Young’s “Tribute to Oscar Peterson” ensemble featuring Robi Botos, Kevin Turcotte and Terrry Clarke.

Warren Stirtzinger and George Kane first met about 20 years ago in “The Stringed Edition” in Tonawanda, NY, an ensemble of six electric guitars playing harmonized solos on standards.  We both once performed with jazz guitar great Mundell Lowe in this group. Thus began a longtime appreciation of each others playing.

I subsequently hired George for a duo engagement at the Riverbend in NIagara-on-the-Lake for five years, developing a close musical and personal friendship.  George has returned the favour, and we have played the Albright-Knox art gallery in Buffalo as well as the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY.

We play a mixture of jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook.  We enjoy trading solos, as well as featuring some two-guitar interplay, which our local following seems to enjoy as much as we do!

George and I played for five years at the Riverbend in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and also at last year’s Niagara Jazz Festival.