Burchfield Penney Checks-In With Dawn Berry Walker

During the past five years, one of the most anticipated jazz events has been the John Coltrane Birthday Celebration. The annual event is spearheaded by the Executive and Artistic Director of the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective, Dawn Berry Walker. Walker has kept the promise echoed by the legendary jazz artist Pappy Martin, her father, […]

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All The Information You Need For Jazz Festival Week in Buffalo!

With two festival happening at the same week in Buffalo, during the magical week of July 22nd to July 29th, it can be a bit daunting to keep track.  Here is a recap of all the information on JazzBuffalo that will get you caught up and in the know: Articles A JazzBuffalo Guide To Two […]

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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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