JazzBuffalo Interviews Bluesman Jony James

Jony James has earned an iconic place in Buffalo as one of the area’s most vivid blues performers.  Born in Buffalo, New York, Jony was raised in Chicago. A city dripping with the influence of the blues.   On the airways of Chicago, James was exposed to the likes B.B. King, Albert King, Otis Rush, Muddy […]

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JazzBuffalo Conversation With Matthew Vacanti Of E.S.P. Jazz Quartet

(The E.S.P. Jazz Quartet will be making an appearance in Buffalo on Friday, March 29th at Pausa Art House beginning at 8 pm.) For nearly the last decade, the E.S.P. Jazz Quartet has been producing an exciting sound in jazz.  The band has featured original music that brings forth elements of jazz, funk, pop, and […]

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JazzBuffalo Interviews Poll Winner For Jazz Artist Of The Year, Ed Croft

Ed Croft, the prolific bassist, was announced as this year’s winner of the John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year award in the 5th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll.  With over 2300 votes submitted by the Greater Buffalo community, the award is a recognition of Ed’s excellence in jazz performances and the impact of his contributions to […]

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Bob James Remembers Grover Washington, Jr. And “Mr Magic”

“WOW! I didn’t know” says Bob James when learning that Grover Washington, Jr. was a native of Buffalo.    This is one of several surprising responses in a JazzBuffalo talk with Bob James regarding his place in jazz history and his upcoming concert appearance at Buffalo State Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 22nd.  Bob […]

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Jazz In Town: Jazz Comes Out After The Deep Freeze

After a few days of blizzard conditions, driving bans, and being cooped up inside, it’s time to get out and hear some jazz!  And, there will be plenty of jazz out in the Greater Buffalo area to enjoy! The variety of jazz available will mean something for everyone. Featured Event Yan Carlos Artime – Afro-Cuban […]

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Jazz In Town: Jazz Is Selling Out! Events That Is!

The weather may be frigid but the jazz in town is heating up.  Plenty of superlative jazz is about to hit the area this upcoming weekend and week! Three spectacular jazz events are already filled to capacity.  Soldout events worth mentioning: Sentimental Journey with the Buffalo Dolls and The Ladies First Jazz Big Band on […]

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Jazz In Town: 3 Events And More Get Jazz Swinging

The 5th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll with votes received from readers and fans such as yourselves are pouring in.  A true indication that Greater Buffalo is leading the way nationally on making jazz and music a vital part of our arts and cultural community! One of our featured events is sold out but is worth mentioning.  […]

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Jazz In Town: 2 Events Add To A Great Start In 2019

While attending the Jazz Congress in New York City at the Jazz At Lincoln Center, I met many jazz artists and presenters from all over the world.  And, had the opportunity to listen to amazing panel discussions in two days.  The assembly of people dedicated to the art form is inspiring.   Buffalo is certainly gaining […]

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Jazz In Town: Excited For Jazz As We Begin 2019!

An exciting new year of jazz is ahead! The jazz resurgence will no doubt continue into 2019 as we see jazz music and its many variations become an integral part of Greater Buffalo’s arts and cultural scene.  An exciting time for the communities of both audiences and musicians as we continue to share in enriching […]

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Jazz In Town: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

We have come to the end of one of the best years in jazz in Greater Buffalo in a long time.  New Year’s Eve hits this weekend.  When the classic song “What Are Doing New Year’s Eve?” comes up on the radio or playlist, you will be able to answer with a few jazzy events. […]

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