The Buffalo Jazz Octet

“a remarkable large free jazz ensemble, with brisk and energetic group improv that never breaks down.”
Tom Hull

“a veritable who’s who list of killer regional jazz players”
Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News

Buffalo Jazz Octet 2017/18 EPK
Kelly Bucheger (alto saxophone), Nelson Rivera (tenor & soprano saxophones), Steve Baczkowski (baritone saxophone), Tim Clarke (trumpet), Phil Sims (trombone), Michael McNeill (piano), Brian DeJesus (bass), John Bacon (drums); conducted by Brendan Fitzgerald, recorded live at Bop Shop Records, Rochester, NY, by Daniel Gross, August 24, 2017

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2017 appearances:

October 13 at Pausa Art House, Buffalo, NY, performing music of Thelonious Monk

August 25, 5pm, kicking off the Northwest Jazz Festival, Lewiston, NY

August 24 at Bop Shop Records, Rochester, NY

August 23 at The Bop Stop, Cleveland, OH

August 22 at Stamps, Tonawanda, NY

April 20 CD Release event at Pausa Art House, Buffalo, NY

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 group's debut album, recorded live at Pausa Art House in May 2016, was released April 20, 2017 on Cadence Jazz Records. Critic Tom Hull hailed the band as “a remarkable large free jazz ensemble, with standout solos … and brisk and energetic group improv that never breaks down”, and Jeff Simon called their debut album “the perfect disc … with which to get acquainted with some of the most forward thinking and individualistic members of Buffalo's jazz community.” 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 octet has appeared at the 2014 and 2015 Queen City Jazz Festivals, Villa Maria College, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and Pausa Art House, and kicked off the 2017 Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY.

“If you've been waiting for the perfect disc recorded here with which to get acquainted with some of the most forward thinking and individualistic members of Buffalo's jazz community, your time has arrived. This is it. It's terrific. 3.5 stars (out of four)”
Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

“roughly one hour of exhilarating music … both reinforces and obliterates notions of jazz as a convenient label. The album is striking in its dynamic variances, pulling you into an aural adventure from the very beginning to the final breathy notes.”
Patrick Keyes, The Public

“a remarkable large free jazz ensemble, with standout solos on sax, trumpet, and drums, and brisk and energetic group improv that never breaks down. A-”
Tom Hull


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