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The 8th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival this Saturday

Jazz-Queen-City-Buffalo-NY-2What a great lineup the Queen City Jazz Committee has assembled for the 8th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival this Saturday from 12 noon to 8PM.

It is free, and easy to get to.  Just get to the downtown Buffalo library, where Thursday at the Square used to live and breathe (sob), and take Broadway down to the outdoor stage right next to the Colored Musicians Club at 145 Broadway.

It’s just a five minute walk from there, between Elm and Michigan. And lots of free parking if you choose to drive or bike there.

The Committee is led by Walter Kemp and George Scott, and also includes Linda Appleby, Darryl Hopkins, Melissa Kate and Van Taylor.

Here are the Festival Lineups.

In the jazz world, you never know who might be coming in for a surprise visit, or who gets the call for an out of town gig, so of course lineups are tentative and subject to change:

12 Noon 

Sol Y Sambra (Salsa! Also catch them Tuesday at 7PM at the free Summer Concert Series at Elmwood and Bidwell )

Eddie Candelario – vocals and percussion

Juan Betancourt – timbales and coro

Andrew Weinzler – sax and flute

Junito Gauthier – congas and coro

Ben Levitt – bass

Kevin Doyle – piano

Guiche Pirela – vocals and percussion

Tim Clarke – trumpet


Verse with Michael Disanto, Zuri Appleby and others

Michael Disanto – guitar


E-Life Seven (Another great Buffalo group name! It means: Enjoy Life Seven Days A Week!)

Michael Pennick – bass

Rodney Spears, Charlie Crymes Jr. and Ron Walker – guitars

Tim Webb – drums and percussion

Ken Withman – tenor sax

Walter Kemp – keyboards


Brotha Perry Quartet  

Lamont Perry – gospel blues and jazz Organist


Lady’s First Big Band (Started in 1994 as the 6 piece Ladies First Jazz Combo)

Jennifer May – bass

and 18 other lady musicians


Taylor Made Jazz (international stars for over 25 years and members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame )

Joyce Wilson Nixon and Melissa Kate – vocals

Mike Crymes – drums

Jeff Nixon and Nelson Thomas – guitars

Brian Freeman – trumpet

Tomoka Nomura-  Jarvis sax

Van Taylor – keyboards and bass


What Would Mingus Do? (Legendary double-bassist Charlie Mingus once said, “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”  Loved their interview with Queenseyes.)

Kelly Bucheger –  alto and tenor sax

Tim Clarke – trumpet and flügelhorn

Michael McNeill – piano

Danny Ziemann  – bass

Russ Algera  – drums

Bruce Johnstone – baritone sax


Other Side of Main 

Walter Kemp – keyboards

Richie Valentini

Will Holton

Buffalo Rising Reader, I hope to see you at the stage next to the Colored Musician’s Club this Saturday! Please do share with us your favorite performance from the Queen City Jazz Festival.


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