JazzBuffalo is proud to support the evolving jazz talents in the Greater Buffalo Region. Keeping jazz alive is more than a mantra. We will be working hard to develop an opportunity for the next generation of jazz musicians to hone their craft and deliver outstanding performances to the community.
The orchestra will feature some of the area’s best jazz musicians in the age group of 21 years old to 45 years old. The orchestra will explore the music of modern jazz ensemble orchestration from contemporary jazz composers and arrangers. From the likes of John Beasley, Maria Schneider, Thad Jones, Village Vanguard Orchestra, and other contemporary jazz arrangers. In addition, compose original jazz compositions with modern orchestral arrangements, as well as, conduct unique interpretation of modern popular standards.
The JBFO will also partner with public radio station WBFO to present jazz concert and education events jointly produced by JazzBuffalo and WBFO specifically to serve the Greater Buffalo Community.
The orchestra will occasionally invite national and local guest composers, arrangers, and jazz musicians to serve as mentors. JazzBuffalo seeks the support of the community in fundraising and in attending JBFO concert and education events so that we may keep the art form of jazz alive!
Two of Greater Buffalo’s outstanding jazz musicians, composers, and arrangers will serve as founding Artistic Directors for the JBFO:
Tim Martin - Lockport School District and Vice President Jazz at NCMEA
Mark Marinaccio – Lewiston Porter School District and Mark Marinaccio Music
Stay tuned for forthcoming details on this exciting future initiative that will help to keep jazz alive for the next generation!