Author: Steve Siegel

Steve Siegel is part of a 6 generation Buffalo family. He is a retired college professor from Niagara University and an internationally published photographer who is a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists where he served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the CEPA Gallery. Four solo shows of his photography have been displayed at various galleries in WNY. As an amateur jazz historian and record collector, he has approximately 2500 jazz records as well as over 200 books on jazz related subjects such as the relationship of jazz to other art forms, jazz and race, jazz biography and jazz history.

Imagine with me if you will, an all- time, all- star jazz group made up of internationally known musicians who were either born in Buffalo or spent a great deal of their lives as residents of the Queen City. Now who gets the piano chair? Most casual jazz fans would gravitate towards Al Tinney who was one of the founding fathers of Bebop through his role as house pianist at Monroe’s Uptown House in Harlem from 1939 to 1943 and a resident of Buffalo from 1968-2002. No doubt a fine choice. But let us consider a second, much more obscure…

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