The 21st Annual Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival July 24 & July 31 Bringing Jazz To The City!

               The Late Pappy Martin

               The Late Pappy Martin

                     Etiene Charles

                     Etiene Charles

               Eulis Cathey

               Eulis Cathey

The 21st Annual Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival kicks off on Sunday, July 24 on the Buffalo Museum of Science side lawn from 3 to 8 p.m.  Returning to Buffalo to host the first Sunday set   July 24 will be jazz radio great Eulis Cathey,  currently host of SiriusXM Radio. For over 30 years, Cathey has made his living in jazz; as a radio personality, producer and record company executive at Verve, Island, Atlantic and others. His experience with artists such as Joe Henderson, Regina Carter and Gary Bartz gives him an insight and passion that frequently emerges. The awesome lineup  for the festival includes the Nickel City Band, Love Supreme Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Example, Curtis Lundy Quartet and the Etienne Charles Sextet.

The Jazz Festival continues on the followingSunday, July 31 (same time)  with an other magnificent group of musicians featuring the Larry Salter Soul Orchestra,  Herbie Small Jr. Quartet, “A Tribute to Elvin Shepherd” by George Caldwell and the Bobby Militello Quintet, Jeremy Pelt with Paradigm Shift, and Nasar Abadey and Supernova with Joe Ford. The host is to be announced at a later date.

The annual Masten Jazz Fest, now officially renamed the Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival, honors the late Pappy Martin, a driving force in keeping“Black Classical Music” – Jazz – alive in Buffalo by way of the festival and his Love Supreme School of Music.  A renowned local band leader and musician, he played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Johnny Griffin, Billy Taylor, Betty Carter and Al Hibbler. 

His countless stories and the lives he touched through music live on through the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society, an organization which honors his musical tradition by enhancing the awareness, appreciation and the celebration of jazz as a viable art form. 

This year the sponsors of the Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival include Mayor Byron W. Brown, Masten Councilmember Ulysees O. Wingo Sr., Legislators Betty Jean Grant and Barbara Miller-Williams, NYS Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Ellicott District Councilmember Darius G. Pridgen, University District Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt, NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, the Buffalo News, Wellcare, LP. Ciminelli, African American Cultural Center, NICYO, Substitutes United/Buffalo, National Grid, National Fuel, Attorney John Elmore, CAO, WUFO 1080 Radio, Buffalo Urban League, Hallwalls, Burchfield-Penny Art Center and The Challenger.

For more information call 851-5145 or 491-0994.