Our Mission

JazzBuffalo is the d.b.a. and brand name for the Greater Buffalo Jazz Society, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building jazz awareness and jazz appreciation in the WNY area.

The mission of JazzBuffalo and the Greater Buffalo Jazz Society is to promote jazz and build audience appreciation for jazz through jazz news, live performances, concerts, festivals, jazz series, event calendaring, ticketing, hosting internationally recognized jazz musicians, and jazz education.  In doing so, JazzBuffalo and the Greater Buffalo Jazz Society will serve to enrich the lives of the people living in the Greater Buffalo area and contribute to the arts and cultural community.

Founded in 2011, the purpose of JazzBuffalo and the Greater Buffalo Jazz Society is to enhance the recognized value of arts to the individual and society, to use music and events to bring people together and to help build a stronger, more vibrant community.  JazzBuffalo endeavors to make jazz available throughout Greater Buffalo, to audiences of all ages and incomes, to all neighborhoods, and to a variety of venues.

JazzBuffalo exists to help address the social, economic, and cultural goals of Greater Buffalo by:


Increase jazz awareness as an essential part of Buffalo’s cultural heritage and history


Representing Greater Buffalo’s diverse community of jazz musicians, audiences, venues


Contribute to Buffalo’s growing reputation as a cultural destination for arts and music innovation and creativity


Representing and supporting those engaged in the art and education of jazz


Enable jazz to serve as a uniting forum to create unity and improve community living


Serve as an organization that extends into supporting the broader Greater Buffalo arts community

Please sign up for JazzBuffalo emails to stay informed on the latest Jazz In Town news and for further news about JazzBuffalo development efforts to build opportunities for both jazz musicians and jazz audiences to experience the music we love and call - jazz!

JazzBuffalo is currently accepting donations for our continued development as an open JazzBuffalo community serving musicians and audiences throughout WNY.  Your early stage contributions will be most appreciated!


The non-profit organization currently is pleased to be supported by a roster of civic and community-minded leaders and thanks them for their early participation as advisors.


Tony Zambito

Executive Director

Anthony Chabala


Linda Chiappone, CPA



Andy Peruzzini

Community Education Outreach

Ed Croft

Programming and Student Education Outreach

Tim Martin

Artistic Director, JBFO

Mark Marinaccio

Artistic Director, JBFO

Rachel Lombardo


Jack Zuff


Board of Directors

Tony Zambito

Founder and Executive Director, JazzBuffalo

Linda Chiappone, CPA


Senior Tax Manager, Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub, LLP

Bruce Eaton

Producer, Albright-Knox Art Gallery - Art of Jazz Series

George Scott

President, Historic Colored Musicians Club

Gina Burkhardt

President/CEO, Buffalo Center for the Arts and Technology

Newell Nussbaumer

Founder, Buffalo Rising

Lazara Martinez

Proprietor and Artistic Director, Pausa Art House

Kevin Curran

Retired CEO and General Manager, Fisher-Price

Board Member, Buffalo Science Museum

Tim Brooks

Founder, Expo 68, LLC

Lori Ann Marino

VP, Regional Director, Liberty Mutual

Randy Kramer

Artistic Director/Executive Director, MusicalFare Theatre

Board Member, Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance

Board President, Arts Services Initiative, Inc.

Tod Kniazuk

Founder, Big Easy In Buffalo

Associate, Ted Pietrzak & Associates

Diana Principe

Partner, Hotel Henry

Fred LoFaso

President, Sienna Realty

Don Boswell

CEO/President, WNED/WBFO

Anthony Chabala

Law Offices of Anthony Chabala

Advisory Council

Dawn Berry Walker

Executive Director

Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective

Phil Aguglia

Board Director, Music is Art

Band Director, Kenmore East High School

Kelly Bucheger

Canisius College

Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop


Nelson Rivera




Kevin Doyle


Pausa Art House

Kristen Smigielski

Music Teacher

Master of Music in Performance/Voice (UB)

Steve Baczkowski

Music Director

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Renata Toney

Community Engagement & Public Relations Strategist

Burchfield Penney Museum

Jeff Miers

Music Critic

Buffalo News

Mike McKay

Business Development






Tony Zambito


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