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Andrew Nixon

As a child, Andrew began classical piano lessons with the late Suzanne Chapin, which he promptly quit, explaining to his parents that he did not like being told what to play. He spent the remainder of his childhood teaching himself, improvising, and copying the classical music that he heard his sisters learning.

After several years playing in rock and blues bands, he discovered jazz in 2006 and began studying with pianist/composer Paul Hofmann. Now fully devoted to music, he went on to earn a master’s degree in music theory in 2012 from the University of Buffalo, where he also studied classical piano and composition


Latin-Infused Jazz Duo Ariella Announce October 1st Virtual Tour Via Veeps

Latin-Infused Jazz Duo Ariella Announce October 1st Virtual Tour Via Veeps

With a fervor for blues, jazz and vintage soul, enigmatic duo, ARIELLA, passionately transcend boundaries, transporting listeners to the heart of what makes music timeless. It’s a fluid daydream, seeping. With elegant vocals by the charismatic Ariella McManus, a singer with emotional depth and a songwriter rich with breadth, she eloquently combines stunning melodies with infectious ...


E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. is brewing an exciting concoction of original modern jazz infused with spicy Latin beats and seasoned with funky grooves. Originating from central New York, this quartet has passionately pursued creating new music for decades collecting three consecutive “Best Jazz Album of the Year” awards along the way. Always searching for a new challenge, E.S.P. performs ...

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



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.


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


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