What Would Mingus Do? Performs For The JazzBuffalo Sunday Jazz Series On September 20th!

WwmdIf Charles Mingus were still alive, what would Mingus be doing this coming Sunday, September 20th beginning at 5:30pm?  Why going out to see the prolific band named after him – What Would Mingus Do?  The JazzBuffalo Sunday Jazz Series, in partnership with 189 Public House in East Aurora, resumes on Sunday with one of the top jazz bands in all of WNY led by saxophonist, composer, and arranger Kelly Bucheger.

The band will represent an almost full reunion of the group that performed on the highly acclaimed CD House of Relics.  The CD features original compositions by Kelly Bucheger with incredible melodic chops backed by a band playing with tight chemistry.

House of relicsJazzBuffalo readers and fans voted the band as best classic Jazz Band in 2014.  Building on a similar recognition from Art Voice in 2013.  The band will consist of top jazz musicians in their own right who have made their presence felt in the JazzBuffalo scene:

Kelly Bucheger, originally from Wisconsin and now a professor of music at Canisius College, has been forging new paths in original music.  The House of Relic CD represents a body of work in originality and composition.

Tim Clarke, has become one of the areas top trumpeters over the past few years.  Playing in numerous bands and genres.   Tim has performed with a Whose Who list of jazz musicians regionally and is highly regarded for his creative off-the-charts  chops.

Danny Ziemann, is a true jazz bassist extraordinaire.   A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Danny has become one of the most sought-after bassist in the region, playing in the Rochester International Jazz Festival with several highly regarded jazz artists.

Russ Algera, will hold down the rhythm on drums.  Russ cut his teeth on drums beginning at the age of 16. Russ studied with Eastman professor and drummer Rich Thompson and has often been called to play in numerous jazz festivals with notable jazz musicians.

Jared Tinkham, will perform on guitar in place of recently relocated Michael McNeil, who performed on piano for the original CD.  Jared is a recent graduate of Buffalo State and is now teaching.  Jared is a dynamic player who also stretches his evolving talent in jazz compositions and arranging.  Most certainly a great performer to fill the void!

Here is a video of a different configuration of the band from a few years back performing Say It Isn’t So:


WWMD RehearsalThe group put it in a rehearsal this past weekend and is primed to hit the stage.  Be sure not to miss What Would Mingus Do? on Sunday, September 20th at 189 Public House on 189 Main Street in East Aurora.  189 Public House is a fantastic venue, with fine food and drinks, to hear the great sound of this band. 

Now again, What Would Mingus Do? on this coming Sunday if he were still with us?  Why, of course, he would be sure to get a seat to hear the fine jazz music of this band’s original compositions.

Keep Jazz Alive In WNY!!


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