Three Villa Music instructors were winners in the 2014 Reader’s Poll presented by jazzbuffalo.org. Dr. John Bacon won for best Jazz Drummer, while Kelly Bucheger won as part of What Would Mingus Do? for best Classic BeBop/Hard Bop Group, and Jerry Livingston won for best Jazz Electric Bass. All were nominated by the community in late December 2014, and then selected by the 1,091 voters in the poll as winners when voting closed on January 11, 2015.
Tony Zambito, founder of jazzbuffalo.org wrote on the organization’s page, that the poll is “an exceptional demonstration of the audiences in Buffalo knowing their jazz!”
According to jazzbuffalo.org Bacon is “a major presence in the jazz community.” He is described by the website as a versatile performer on the drums and vibraphone as well as an accomplished, composer, arranger, and educator. At Villa he teaches Jazz Theory, Jazz History, History of Popular American Music, and Jazz Ensemble.
Kelly Bucheger teaches saxophone and the improvisation lab last semester at Villa. He leads What Would Mingus Do? playing tenor sax and functioning as composer and arranger for the group.
Below is a video of the band performing “Say it isn’t so.”
Described as the “gentle giant of electric bass in Buffalo,” by the blog, Jerry Livingston teaches bass at the college.