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Buffalo Jazz Octet

The Buffalo Jazz Octet has performed since 2011, combining the power and compositional intricacy of a large ensemble with the flexibility and dynamism of a small improvising combo. The octet collaborated with saxophone legend Joe Ford (of various McCoy Tyner bands) in 2015, and the band's members have worked individually with internationally noted musicians ranging from Buddy Morrow and Don Menza to Wadada Leo Smith and William Parker. The group's debut album, recorded live at Pausa Art House in May 2016, comes out April 20, 2017 on Cadence Jazz Records. The octet has appeared at the 2014 and 2015 Queen City Jazz Festivals, Villa Maria College, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and Pausa Art House.

David Hulett

Buffalo native, David “Teaspoon" Hulett, drummer for the Walter Kemp 3oh!, began his music career in the late 90s. He is one of the most respected and technical drummers of his generation. Thoughtful articulation and attention to detail has given him the ability to adapt to a variety of musical genres. Having partnered with long- time musical collaborators, ensemble leader and award-winning pianist Walter Kemp 3, and RiShon Odel Northington, recording and touring bassist for GRAMMY-nominated Najee, to release “Dark Continent." Hulett has been playing drums since age 4, and has logged countless hours in the studio for various projects for various groups and has played for the likes of Carnival Cruises, Disney, Marcus Miller, Critt’s Juke Joint, Gruvology, The Michael Jackson Tribute Tour, The Black Eyed Peas, T.I., Kendrick Lamar, Christopher Hopper Band, GRAMMY- nominee Eric Roberson, Siri Music Group artist Miesa, Philicia Collins of The David Letterman Show, organist Lonnie Smith, Bobby Jones of BET, Joseph Wooten, and a long list of others. The church was a major facilitator to master his speed and versatility, and he credits jazz and blues as his biggest influences

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resAUnance

resAUnance began as the trio of vibraphonist and percussionist John Bacon, vocalist Esin Gunduz, and pianist Michael McNeill. The group debuted at Buffalo's Pausa Art House in March of 2013. The following year the group collaborated with master brass improvisers Dave Ballou and Adam Unsworth in concerts at Pausa and Villa Maria College, and in June 2014 became a quartet with the addition of 'cellist Jonathan Golove for a concert as part of the legendary June in Buffalo New Music festival. The group's first album, Migration, comes out May 24 2016 on FMR.

Mark Weber

A fan of all types of music, from pop to rock, jazz to blues, country to gospel, and hip- hop to soul, Mark Weber loves music and loves to make people smile and feel good when he sings.

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George Bouchard

George Bouchard was born in Buffalo, New York, and received a master's degree in Music Composition from Memphis State University in 1971. He moved to New York in 1977 and began teaching at the college level, where he is now a full Professor at Nassau Community College, on Long Island. He has been affiliated with the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps since coming to New York, and Jamey's company published George's popular and critically acclaimed book, Intermediate Jazz Improvisation. From life experiences in the Big Apple and in the South, George gathered enough material to use for the stories in his recently released cd, Mellow Lane

Carmen Intorre

Born in Buffalo, NY, Carmen developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age five. By age 16, he was performing with local jazz groups most notably with Al Tinney. Also during this time he was the house drummer at The Calumet Arts Café backing such noted performers as David “Fathead” Newman, DD Jackson, George Garzone, and others during their engagements in the city. In 1999, Carmen moved to New York City and began his studies at New School University. Spending only two years at New School, Carmen became one of their most respected drummers. Carmen recently graduated with a BM in jazz performance from The Juilliard School

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Bobby Militello

Bobby Militello has played with many artists for the last 4 decades, along with leading his own groups. Since 1982 he has been playing alto & flute with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and has recorded over 20 cds, played with almost every major orchestra in the U.S., Canada and Europe, appeared in many International jazz festivals, television and radio shows. A childhood dream come true, his tenure with Dave Brubeck has proven to be one of the highlights of his life and career. From 1975 to 1979, Bobby played with Maynard Ferguson, also a childhood dream, on baritone sax and flute. During his tenure with Maynard, he appeared in the Downbeat Readers polls from 1976 to 1979 on bari and flute and received critical acclaim in numerous articles and reviews throughout the United States and Canada

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Jim Hall

Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary. Not only is Jim Hall one of the jazz world's favorite guitarists, but he has also earned critical acclaim for his skills as a composer and arranger. The first formal recognition came in 1997, when Jim won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger


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