Andrew Nixon Leads Trio In Recording Of Emotive Piano Jazz Originals

I can recall the exact moment I exclaimed in my head that Andrew Nixon was a truly gifted pianist. He was performing McCoy Tyner’s song, Passion Dance. If you are familiar with the song from the classic Tyner album, The Real McCoy, it is filled with intricate complexities requiring it to be played with plenty […]

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Tyler Westcott And Dr. Jazz Produce Fun “Old-Timey” Jazz Album

One of the more fascinating duos to make the rounds in the WNY region is that of Tyler Westcott and Brian “Dr. Jazz” Bauer. Each bridge a forty years age gap with an undying love for old-style jazz. Westcott calls their recently released new album, “Medical Record,” a collection of “old-timey jazz and blues tunes.” […]

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Mary Ramsey Kicks Off “Live From Premier Cabaret Lounge” With Mesmerizing Joy

The new live streaming jazz concert series produced by JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre went online last night (Friday, October 2) with Mary Ramsey and Friends. When asked in the preceding interview what she hoped to accomplish during the concert, Mary Ramsey stated, “I hope to bring joy and some toe-tapping.” For many that went online, […]

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Donny Frauenhofer Draws From The Spirit In New Single Release

Living through the times of the coronavirus pandemic has found many of us in moments of isolation. Staying at home during the spring and staying physically distant as much as possible this summer when outdoors. Causing us at times to feel alone yet knowing that you are in community with others. Donny Frauenhofer, one of […]

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The Emergence Of Alex McArthur – The Artist

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many of us to revisit old passions. Discover new ones. And, to make more than incremental steps in developing or evolving latent talents. One such person taking more than just a step forward while sheltering at home is the multi-talented jazz vocalist Alex McArthur. McArthur was invited to perform at […]

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Ella Fitzgerald Documentary, “Ella: Just One of Those Things,” Is Worth Watching

The 2019 documentary about the life of the iconic Ella Fitzgerald has made its way to the United States and to the WNY region.  Ella: Just One of Those Things is available virtually through an arrangement with The Screening Room and its virtual cinema. The film is directed by Leslie Woodhead and produced by Reggie […]

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The Pandemic Brings Out The Creative Musical Personalities Of Paul Todaro

Paul Todaro is a bassist, vocalist, arranger, songwriter, and bandleader. That’s just in music. Todaro is also an actor and was often found performing in dramas throughout the region. For a person with this much talent, the coronavirus pandemic can feel like a door shutting loudly and abruptly. It must be hard to keep all […]

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Kyle Yagielski Entertains With His Split-Screen Musical Personalities

Since his days at the University of Buffalo and founding the Buffalo Brass Machine (recently renamed The Brass Machine), Kyle Yagielski has entertained with his exuberance for jazz. Yagielski is a multi-talented musician playing trumpet, trombone, singing, and hoisting the tuba on his shoulders with The Brass Machine. Becoming a familiar face for the growing […]

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Jazz Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery Dedicates New Album, “The Humble Warrior,” to Inspirations in Music and Life

In what now seems like eons ago, when I found out that saxophonist Wayne Escoffery was going to make an appearance at the September 2019 John Coltrane Birthday Celebration, I immediately perked up. His performance at the event held by the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective was nothing short of the athletic and muscular style […]

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Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins Delivers A Celestial Experience

I sat in one of the back pews of the Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church for the Celestial Jazz Series being presented by the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective. A confession that the social distancing recommendations due to the coronavirus and the anxiety we are all feeling hung over me like a dark cloud. The […]

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