Buffalo Jazz Octet
Friday, August 25th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Main Stage
Called "...a veritable who’s who list of killer regional jazz players..." by the Buffalo News, 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, is due out in the first half of 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.
Band members: Kelly Bucheger (alto & tenor saxophones), Nelson Rivera (tenor & soprano saxophones), Steve Baczkowski (baritone saxophone), Tim Clarke (trumpet), Phil Sims (trombone), Michael McNeill (piano), Brian DeJesus (bass), John Bacon (drums), Brendan Fitzgerald (conductor)