The internationally recognized pianist and composer, Walter Kemp, expertly builds ensembles able to dominate in an array of venues. An established composer and arranger, Kemp’s compositions have garnered widespread acclaim for their originality, trueness to form, and accessibility. Added to the equation are an ingenious bassist and a drummer who grew up with two spoon “sticks” in his hands, and the stage is set for a most memorable debut and jaw-dropping live performances
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Saakumu and Slyboots have helped expose an estimated 40,000 students to cultural arts programming every year since 2008. Slyboots has been a staple of the local cultural scene for years, participating in countless performances, while continuing to teach students about the cultural and traditional aspects of African dancing and drumming.
BOY ARE WE SMART: we started the Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop, and in a very few sessions we’ve already amassed some formidable sets of hip, funky, fresh, swinging, locally-sourced free-range original Jass Musicks. We’ve brought together six composers with six unique compositional voices, six guys with chips on their shoulders because we’re JAZZ musicians dammit and therefore We Try Harder and why has that very nice and slightly tipsy young couple decided to have their freewheeling and flirty conversation in the one spot of the room where I put my recorder?
It’s a workshop so, unlike other kinds of gigs, at the end of the day there’s homework: “now that I’ve heard it, I’m gonna transpose this tune up a fourth — it’ll lay better and the voicings will be clearer,” or “Let’s turn this part of the solo into a vamp; I think it just sounds better,” or “Is that a comfortable form to blow on, or should I chop off the last A section, since we keep screwing that up anyway?”
Or, for example: It was pretty damn cool to “deal with” John Bacon’s brand-fuggin’-new tune Lamentations with the workshop, and then to get a chance about a week or two later to play a full-blown, way expanded and frankly amazing arrangement of that same ding-dang tune with the Buffalo Jazz Octet!
Because THAT’S what happens in a workshop! Stuff Gets Done! And I guess my broader point is that BOY ARE WE SMART because we started the Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop!
Hosted by Kelly Bucheger, Tim Clarke, Jared Tinkham, Alec Dube, Joseph Goehle, and John Bacon.
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