Ray Skalski Illustrates Billie Holiday In Sketch Entitled “Strange Fruit”

The legendary and iconic jazz legend Billie Holiday has been in the news often these past few months. Most recently, as a result of the movie, The United States versus Billie Holiday. Actress and Vocalist Andra Day gave an amazing performance and received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award nomination. If you have […]

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Four Dinner and Brunch Jazz Events At The Terrace At Delaware Park You Need To Know About

The pandemic certainly has been a level of hardship that no restaurant establishment could have ever anticipated. Putting business and operation skills to the test for many. At The Terrace at Delaware Park, Jason Davidson has had to tap into a reservoir of creativity and resourcefulness to ride out the ebb and flow of the […]

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Ray Skalski Creates “Windy” Portrait Of Buddy Rich

We recently brought to you several portraits of jazz legends by jazz trombonist and artist Ray Skalski. As the pandemic continues, Ray continues to use art as a release from the lack of opportunities to perform jazz live. (Read more in our original story here: Portraits of Jazz Legends) Recently, Skalski centered on the legendary […]

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Jazz Artist Raymond Skalski Creates Inspired Artworks Of Jazz Legends To Cope With Pandemic

During normal times, we could find trombonist/vocalist Raymond Skalski performing traditional jazz throughout the region.  Hitting trad-jazz strides with the Original River Dogs Jazz Band and trading solos with trumpeter Tim Clarke.  Swinging with the likes of George Kane, Tom Kasperek, Paul Zapalowski, and Brian Bauer.  Perhaps you saw Skalski performing with big bands or […]

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Jazz Vocalist Katy Miner To Release New Single “Bittersweet” on February 12

Over the past decade, jazz vocalist Katy Miner has appeared in multiple settings throughout the region.  Whether intimately in a jazz trio, jazz festivals, cabaret big band, musical theatre, or with the BPO, Miner has given audiences memorable performances.  Becoming in the minds of many jazz fans and musical theatre audiences one of their favorite […]

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Jimmy Rushing: His Recording Career after Basie

The multifaceted Jimmy Rushing (1899-1972) was perhaps one of the more underrated singers of the 20th century. He performed equally well with blues, jazz, or popular material. Whitney Balliett, the then jazz critic for The New Yorker, wrote of Rushing that “His supple, rich voice and his elegant accent have the curious effect of making […]

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2020: A Year To Be Thankful For Those Who Helped Us Endure The Pandemic

(Photo Credit: Jack Zuff. French ConéXion at the Hotel Henry Summer Jazz Series.) The year 2020 will be remembered by all of us for a lifetime.  A year when time and events came to a standstill.  Covid-19 manifesting into a full-fledge global pandemic beginning in March of 2020.  The worst since the infamous 1918 Spanish […]

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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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Downbeat Announce 68th Annual Critic’s Poll Winners

The 68th Annual Downbeat Critic’s Poll was announced on July 6 and one of the big winners was bandleader, drummer, a civil advocate Terri Lynne Carrington. Carrington made history by becoming the first female instrumentalist to win the prestigious Jazz Artist of the year category. Additionally, her recent album release, Waiting Game, received the most […]

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