Carmen Lundy Brings An Abundance Of Soul To Pappy Martin Legacy-Masten Jazz Festival

The moment vocalist Carmen Lundy stepped out on the stage, her radiant persona emanated out to the audience in an electrifying manner.  The word command comes to mind.  As it is often used to describe how a vocalist has command of an audience.  However, it doesn’t feel right.  The audience was immediately drawn to her.  […]

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“Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album” by John Coltrane Is Released June 29, 2018

John Coltrane, JazzBuffalo

When it first came to light that lost recordings of a session in March of 1963 had surfaced, John Coltrane jazz loyalists have waited with much anticipation and bated breath.   Now released on June 29, 2018, by Impulse Records and titled Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album. To many, Coltrane is revered as a mythological […]

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Reflections and Favorites From Jazz Festival Week!!

A tremendous week of great jazz in Buffalo.  For one grand week, Buffalo was treated to a momentous time of jazz in multiple venues and featuring local, national, and international jazz artists.  A week that will be hard to forget. Hats off to both the M&T Bank Presents the CMC Jazz Festival and the Pappy […]

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Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival – Part 2 Promises More Great Jazz

On Sunday, July 23rd, the first of two Sundays of the Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival took place on the grounds of the Buffalo Science Museum.  The threat of rain and thunderstorms miraculously held off.  And, thank the heavens for that as we witnessed what can be called a miraculous and magnificent performance by […]

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JazzBuffalo Review: With The Dafnis Prieto Sextet, More Than Drums Shine

Usually, when the drummer is the main bill for a jazz concert, there is a tendency to think the concert will be primarily a showcase for the drummer’s skillful talents.  A concert interlaced with tunes to allow the drummer extended solos and give the audience a jaw-dropping thrill. Some of that happened last night. But, […]

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JazzBuffalo Review: An Afternoon Of Hot Jazz Remembering Pappy Martin

Contrary to the weather forecast for the day, a thick overcast of clouds filled the sky.  Providing cover from the intense heat of the sun.  Making for both the audience and musicians, a bearable and extraordinary afternoon and evening of jazz. The first of two Sundays took place yesterday as part of the 21st Annual […]

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JazzBuffalo Review: Khea Emmanuel Delivers Heartfelt Performance In Buffalo

A sultry warm breeze flew into Buffalo from Canada last evening.   Bringing a still to a summer night.  The warm winds of Canada also brought the passionate and sultry jazz vocalist Khea Emmanuel to Pausa Art House for her debut performance in Buffalo.  To a small but appreciative audience, Emmanuel delivered a captivating concert filled […]

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JazzBuffalo Review: Cindy Miller Kicks Off Summer Jazz Series With Boundless Energy

Cooler air was blowing in the wind after a few steamy hot days.  The day was picturesque with bright sun and rolling clouds.  Overlooking Hoyt Lake, it was a semblance of George Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte” painting.  For musicians and audiences alike, it makes for a summer afternoon suited for […]

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JazzBuffalo Review: The Bad Plus With Joshua Redman Delivers A Mosaic Of Jazz Artistry

You can envision the three original members of The Bad Plus, pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer David King, being uncertain as to what would happen when they invited Joshua Redman to join in with them.  This was in 2011, where the Bad Plus was booked for a week at the famed Blue Note […]

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JazzBuffalo Review: David Sanford Pittsburgh Collective Takes The Modern Big Band To New Heights

American culture has a rich history when it comes to the art of the big band.  Running through the stream of our American conscious is the influence of popular big bands dating back to the era of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and Glenn Miller.  Duke Ellington, and to a large degree Count Basie, […]

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