25 Favorite Jazz Albums Of 2020

The year began with much optimism and excitement for the world of jazz. Anticipated were tours, festivals, concerts, club dates, and new jazz albums. Many of what we anticipated came to a crashing halt by mid-March of 2020. The global COVID-19 pandemic had arrived. Severely impacting jazz artists, venues, festivals, clubs, and the livelihoods of […]

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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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A JazzBuffalo Guide To Two Jazz Festivals And A Great Week Of Jazz!


For the second consecutive year, the Greater Buffalo Community will have the opportunity to enjoy jazz every day for a full week.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Pappy Martin Legacy-Masten Jazz Festival and the CMC Jazz Festival, jazz fans will be treated to performances from local and international jazz artists.  The performances will […]

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A Conversation With Dawn-Berry Walker: Carrying On The Legacy Of James “Pappy” Martin

Jame "Pappy" Martin

James “Pappy” Martin was a legendary and much-revered jazz musician, bandleader, and community organizer who left an admired body of work when he passed in March of 2015 at the age of 82.  During his musical career, “Pappy” Martin played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Johnny Griffin, Billy Taylor, and Betty Carter.  […]

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