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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An Epic Concert By Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington, the tenor saxophonist, has been touted as the savior of jazz. I am not sure we can go that far nor will he want that description himself. What is evident, however, is the presence of a larger than average audience for his “jazz” concerts. This was on display last night at Ashbury Hall […]

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Drea d’Nur Delivers A Praiseworthy Mosaic Of Musical Experiences

Drea d’Nur, the multi-talented soulstress from Buffalo, sees herself as more than just a concert performer.  Often exclaiming “I am not an entertainer; I am a master healer through music and sound.”  At the 710 Shea’s Theatre last night, d’Nur lived up to her proclamation as she unveiled new music and sound in her most […]

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10 Favorite Jazz Vocal Albums Of 2019

In the past few years, we have seen newcomers and veterans of the art of jazz vocals make their mark in the jazz world. Holding a special place in the hearts of those who treasure the music of jazz vocals. With the exploding preponderance of especially female jazz vocalists, to stand out with a unique […]

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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Deliver A Magical Latin Jazz Christmas Concert

“All those ladies rocked!” “What a tremendous concert!” “What a joyful concert just in time for the Holidays! Thank you for bringing this dynamic, amazing group to Buffalo! Hope to see Jane Bunnett and Maqueque back in Buffalo in the near future. Loved Saranaide and the group’s guest, Nikki Brown too!” “An amazing performance!” “Fantastic […]

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Monty Alexander Brings The Sounds Of Freedom To The Bravo Niagara! Voices Of Freedom Festival

JazzBuffalo was invited to attend the Voice of Freedom Festival and the headliner concert performed by Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express.  Without a doubt, freedom rang loud and clear last night at the event presented by Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario.  The […]

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