The Fadale family has been a part of the Greater Buffalo region’s jazz scene for the better part of nearly seven decades. Including Bud Fadale who has appeared often throughout the past few decades as one of the area’s finest jazz bassists. Throughout these decades, the family has often been cited as “Buffalo’s First Family of Jazz.”
In September of 2014, to help mark the occasion of Bud’s Mom, jazz pianist Ann Fadale, long-overdue induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, JazzBuffalo wrote an article highlighting a CD of his Mom’s recordings produced in that same year. You can read it here: JazzBuffalo Remembers The Legendary Ann Fadale.
Recently, Bud shared another unearthed another recording. He states:
“My Brother Charlie just found an old tape of a recording we made of my mother, Anne Fadale with Tom Azarello on Bass. This was recorded live at the Fountain Room in Buffalo NY. Wonderful to hear her playing one of my favorites. Tom was also one of my early mentors. Hope you enjoy and maybe bring back some memories.”
It is believed, by Buddy as he is called amongst jazz musicians locally, that the recording is from around the mid-1960s. Here is Ann Fadale in a duo with Tom Azarello:
Bud Fadale also shared a recent find of his Uncle, Dick Fadale. A jazz pianist and vocalist, Dick Fadale is found in a studio recording that featured Wally Schuman on bass (his son is Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra fame), the late Ray Chamberlain on guitar (before he switched to bass due to medical reasons), and the legendary drummer Mel Lewis on drums. It is a recording from New York City believed to have taken place in the late 1950s or early 1960s of the song “Born To Be Blue.”
We hear the astonishing vocals and piano playing of Dick Fadale in this rare recording. A real treasure treat from Bud Fadale:
Treasure finds these are and Bud Fadale provides context with photos of Ann and Dick Fadale. A sharing, thanks to Bud, reflective of the fabulous history of jazz in Buffalo.