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Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights

Read "Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


From early on, Buffalo attracted musicians as a place to live and pursue their artistic endeavors—and they were excellent ones: Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Pete Johnson, and Stuff Smith. Dodo Greene, two masters of polyrhythm, Frankie Dunlop and Clarence Becton, as well as pianist and bassist Wade Legge grew up here. Two distinctive voices on ...

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Hudson River Jazz Collective

Hudson River Jazz Collective features vocal soloists accompanied by a single archtop guitar, modeled after the style of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald. The music is classic: Selections from the great American songbook. Our vocalists are some of the finest jazz singers from Hudson Valley.It is such a pleasure for us at Hudson River Jazz Collective to announce the addition of Elli Fordyce to our list of singers. Originally from Manhattan, Elli is a highly accomplished vocalist as well as actress. She's performed all over the New York Metro area and throughout North America. Ms Fordyce’s Cd’s have been widely acclaimed and received pre grammy attention in six different categories

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Bill Cash

Retired music teacher, Bill Cash is a North Country native, born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York. He received a BA in music from Plattsburgh State then his MM in music from Crane School of music. His major instrument was trumpet and performed professionally for three seasons with the New Hampshire Symphony, before becoming a full time instrumental music teacher. For thirty-three years, he taught high school instrumental music, twenty - seven of them in Catskill NY. In 2006 while teaching jazz band, he was inspired by a fantastic high school guitar player who played solo jazz

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Bright Dog Red

Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, released Under the Porch on May 20, 2022. Under the Porch, marks the ensemble’s fifth album since signing with Ropeadope in 2018. Under the Porch features twelve tracks, recorded part by part, layer by layer, edit after edit, over a period spanning late 2020 to late 2021. The album, arguably BDR’s most accessible to date, features a new take on the ensemble’s “signature sound” a mix of “free-form jazz, funk, rock, and hip-hop” (Glide Magazine). Bright Dog Red, celebrated for “sublimely marrying jazz with hip-hop, funk, and electronic music" (JazzTimes), has long been “a fixture on the NYC jazz and improvisation scene” (Jazz Journal)

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Joe Pignato

Joe Pignato leads Bright Dog Red, an improvising collective celebrated for “sublimely marrying jazz with hip-hop, funk, and electronic music" (JazzTimes). Long “a fixture on the NYC jazz and improvisation scene” (Jazz Journal), Bright Dog Red's "proudly unanchored improvisation" (Downbeat) has been likened to “part Ornette Coleman and Prime Time, part Lounge Lizards, part A Tribe Called Quest” (JazzTimes). Others have compared the group to “Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman), “Romantic Warrior era Return to Forever” (Rimas e Batidas), and “electronic Ahmad Jamal" (Don Lucoff)

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Clifford M Brucker

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Clifford M. Brucker Cliff Brucker, Drummer-Percussionist, Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, Producer, Arranger and Educator. Cliff has a B.M. in Music from The Crane School of Music at Potsdam State College and a M.S. in Music from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Cliff has been performing as a professional musician for over 40 years!  As a well-respected musician by his peers, Cliff has worked with some of the finest talent in the Capital District including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and the Empire Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with a variety of internationally known jazz and pop artists including Aretha Franklin, Buddy Greco, Rex Richardson, Bob Mintzer and Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack. Cliff is also an award-winning composer and producer of advertising jingles and multimedia production

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Kevin Kerr

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Kaitlyn Fay

Kaitlyn Fay is an educator, jazz vocalist, flutist, and baritone saxophonist, holding a M.M. in Jazz Voice Performance from William Paterson University and a B.S. in Music Education and Classical Flute Performance from Elon University. As a jazz vocalist, Kaitlyn has performed in venues across New York City, New Jersey, Westchester County, the Capital Region of New York, as well as the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. As part of the 35th Annual Jazz Room concert series at William Paterson University, Kaitlyn opened for jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with her Ella Fitzgerald Tribute Ensemble, and opened for the Count Basie Orchestra with the WPU Vocal Jazz Studio

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Stuart Quimby

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Stuart Quimby has at any one time been a Classical and Jazz Composer, and Professional Musician (flute, vocals, most of the baroque wind instruments, the Balinese gamelan instruments suling bali, saron, and reong, the blues harp and chromatic harmonica, the trumpet, various keyboards (esp. early synths), and several experimental instruments of his own design). In addition he’s been a Music Educator, Network Analyst and Designer, Security Consultant, Geometer, Lecturer on Childhood Education, Applied Mathematician, Toy Manufacturer and Designer, Chef, Programmer, Restaurateur, Mechanical Engineer,and General Fool. Quimby has studied with Richard Davis, Paul Robeson, Les Thimmig, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Dick, Doc Cheatham, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Frans Brüggen among many others

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Elliot Spero

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Tenor & Soparino Saxophones, Percussion, Flutes Elliot Spero / E. C. Spero Productions - Musician /Producer/ Manager/ Booking Agent/Teacher. San Francisco City & State Collage From Forest Hills, Queens N.Y. has been in the music profession for 40 years. West coast in the bay area of San Francisco and then back to the NYC metro area. Started on piano at age 8 in NY and than on to playing Tenor sax in high school band at age 13 in Clearwater FL. Influenced by his older brothers Roger and Buck's love of jazz, musicians themselves, up from the basement of his house as a kid in Forest Hills Gardens NY came the sounds of Miles, Mingus, Coltrane & McCoy


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