Samara Joy, Rising Star Jazz Vocalist, to Make Buffalo Debut June 23rd and June 24th

Samara Joy, Joined by the Pasquale Grass Trio, Will Perform at Two Special Concerts in Buffalo for the First Time After winning the 2019  Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, the ascending vocalist Samara Joy has been building upon her self-titled debut release since last fall. Earning rave reviews for her unique spin on jazz standards from the Great […]

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Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Eliane Elias, Esperanza Spalding, and Ron Carter Win In 64th GRAMMY® Awards Jazz Categories

The 64th GRAMMY® Awards announced the 2022 winners in the Jazz categories.  The winners were announced prior to the televised event scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd. Nominations were announced in November 2021 and winners were revealed today. Here are the winners in each of the Jazz and Instrumental categories followed by songs/videos: 1 – From […]

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20 Favorite Jazz Albums Of 2021

Given the state of the pandemic at the beginning of the year, we did not know what was in store for jazz and the music world in January 2021. In the end, we were treated to a bevy of releases that stood out for a variety of reasons. We take a “favorite” view on albums […]

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The 2022 Grammy Nominations In Jazz Announced

The 2022 64th Grammy Nominations were announced today.  Including nominations in the Jazz Categories.  Nominating categories for jazz music include categories for improvised jazz solo, jazz vocals, jazz instrumentals, jazz large ensemble, and Latin Jazz.  Nominations are reflective of recordings released between Sept. 1, 2020 — Sept. 30, 2021.). John Batiste received 11 nominations, including […]

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9-Time GRAMMY® Nominee, Tierney Sutton, To Appear In Buffalo Sunday, October 17th!

One of the leading voices in jazz today is that of the widely heralded jazz vocalist, Tierney Sutton. Sutton is a 9-time Grammy nominee; a remarkable feat for any jazz musician and vocalist. Sutton has received eight consecutive nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album from the Grammys. One for every album she has released over […]

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Jazz Trumpeter John Hasselback III Makes Superb “Entrance” In Forthcoming Debut Album

John Hasselback III comes from a familiar family name of jazz artists.  No doubt, carrying an innate sensibility in the artistry of music and jazz.  After a few pivotal years of pursuing the master craftsmanship of jazz trumpet, composing, and arranging, he has elevated from innateness to uniqueness.  Hasselback III is about to release a […]

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Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, Arturo O’Farrill, and John Beasley Win In 63rd GRAMMY Awards Jazz Categories

The 63rd GRAMMY® Awards announced the 2021 winners in the Jazz categories.  The winners were announced prior to the televised event scheduled for Sunday, March 14th in a virtual live-streamed Premiere Ceremony.  Nominations were announced in November 2020 and winners were revealed today. Here are the winners in each of the Jazz and Instrumental categories […]

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Nat Hentoff’s Liner Notes – Hentoff on Mingus

(Photo: Charles Mingus with Nat Hentoff early 1960s) Nat Hentoff had many interests as a writer—both within and outside the music industry. He authored over 30 books as well as a myriad of articles for various magazines, newspapers and online sources. However, his 50+ year career as a writer of liner notes for records and […]

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Saranaide Releases New EP Of Inspired Music That Goes “Beyond”

Many in the Buffalo community have come to know Saranaide, the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, through a few spectacular JazzBuffalo-presented performances.  Three that stand out are the “So Brasil” bossa nova themed concerts.  The first at the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series to a sold-out audience of nearly 240 people a couple of years back.  Then […]

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25 Favorite Jazz Albums Of 2020

The year began with much optimism and excitement for the world of jazz. Anticipated were tours, festivals, concerts, club dates, and new jazz albums. Many of what we anticipated came to a crashing halt by mid-March of 2020. The global COVID-19 pandemic had arrived. Severely impacting jazz artists, venues, festivals, clubs, and the livelihoods of […]

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