JazzBuffalo Takeout Music: Donny Frauenhofer Makes Music Videos Via Pandemic Collabs

Since the middle of March, when the entire jazz and music scene shut down, there has been one individual not sitting idle. Donny Frauenhofer, one of our rising stars and leaders in the community, began Thursday Evening and JazzBrunch Sundays with his partner, Ellen Pieroni. Ellen is another rising star jazz musician and community leader as well.

You put these two together and the spirit of collaboration happens. JazzBuffalo has been partnering with their efforts in terms of promoting and putting up the media on JazzBuffalo.org.

If you have not had the chance to catch them, as The DUO+, on Facebook Live or on JazzBuffalo.org for their live streams, you can tune in on Thursdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 11:00 am.

It is not the only response they have had to where we find ourselves in this ongoing pandemic. Realizing that there is little light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the opening up of live concerts and jazz clubs anytime soon, Frauenhofer got busy.

Donny, as well as Ellen, have worked extensively in their own initiatives and with many other local musicians carving out a music career. Expanding the boundaries of jazz into a range that includes tributes to Herbie Hancock, tackling the eccentricities of Frank Zappa, and somewhere in-between giving us the sounds of jazz fusion with their band, The TRUTH.

Of late, Donny, along with Ellen, has been reaching out to the likes of guitarist Adam Bronstein, bassist James Bender, guitarist Zak Beutel, and drummer Joe Goretti to explore collaborative video making. Synching up digitally to make music.

And, make music they did! And, make videos they did!

Here in this JazzBuffalo Takeout Music edition, we get to see and hear what they’ve been working on. Do enjoy the resourcefulness and creativity of our next generation jazz artists:

“Fastest Fascist”
Composed by Adam Bronstein
Arranged by Adam Bronstein & Donny Frauenhofer

Adam Bronstein Music – electric guitar
Ellen Pieroni – alto saxophone
Donny Frauenhofer – electric piano
James Benders – electric bass
Joe Goretti – drums

Fastest Fascist (original)

Layin down another quarantine tune, this time with THE TRUTH!WATCH IN HD"Fastest Fascist"Composed by Adam BronsteinArranged by Adam Bronstein & Donny FrauenhoferAdam Bronstein Music – electric guitarEllen Pieroni Music – alto saxophoneDonny Frauenhofer Music – electric pianoJames Benders – electric bassJoe Goretti – drumsIf you like what we do and want to help us keep doing it, please donate atPaypal: paypal.me/donnyfrauenhoferVenmo: @Donald-Frauenhoferand write "FASTEST FASCIST" in the noteSupport me on Patreon as well:patreon.com/donnyfrauenhoferSupport me on additional social media:YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCggrTAJDxaX3liicBN93xFAInstagram: @donnyfrauenyTwitter: @deathbycontentBandcamp: deathbycontent.bandcamp.comSoundcloud: soundcloud.com/deathbycontent

Posted by Donny Frauenhofer Music on Friday, May 8, 2020

“Cantaloupe Island” (Cover)

Composed by Herbie Hancock

Zak Beutel – bass/drums/guitar/mixing/video editing
Ellen Pieroni – alto saxophone/flute
Donny Frauenhofer – keyboards

Canteloupe Island (cover)

Here's another collaboration between Zak Beutel and I, also featuring Ellen Pieroni!Classic Herbie Hancock tune, a tune many keyboardists/pianists learn as one of their first jazz/funk tunes, CANTELOUPE ISLANDWATCH IN HDZak Beutel – bass/drums/guitar/mixing/video editingEllen Pieroni – alto saxophone/fluteDonny Frauenhofer – keyboardsIf you'd like to support me on patreon, subscribe at patreon.com/donnyfrauenhoferIf you'd like to donate, you can do so atPaypal: paypal.me/donnyfrauenhoferVenmo: @Donald-FrauenhoferSubscribe to any of my social media pages:YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCggrTAJDxaX3liicBN93xFAInstagram: @donnyfrauenySoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/deathbycontentTwitter: @deathbycontentBandcamp: https://deathbycontent.bandcamp.com

Posted by Donny Frauenhofer Music on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

“Such Great Heights” (Cover)
Composed by Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello

Ellen Pieroni – saxophone
Joe Goretti – drums
Donny Frauenhofer – keyboards/key bass/vocoder/arrangement

Such Great Heights (cover)

I had been playing this tune out with #DF3 a bunch before the quarantine, so I decided to lay it down and make a video of itSuch Great Heightsoriginally written by Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborellofeaturing . . .Ellen Pieroni – saxophoneJoe Goretti – drumsDonny Frauenhofer – keyboards/key bass/vocoder/arrangementWatch in HD!If you like what we do, please donate during these hard times so we can keep doing itDonate:Paypal: paypal.me/donnyfrauenhoferVenmo: @Donald-FrauenhoferSupport me on patreon:patreon.com/donnyfrauenhofer

Posted by Donny Frauenhofer Music on Thursday, April 16, 2020

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