Pappy Martin Legacy /Masten JazzFest Kicks Off Another Fine Showcase of Jazz At Its Best This Weekend! 

Referred to as “the bestpure jazz festival in WNY,” The Pappy Martin Legacy /Masten JazzFestival kicks off another fantastic two Sundays inJuly this weekend, July 23  and July 30th  from 2 – 8 p.m. both days . on the side lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Featured will be the Love Supreme Jazz Ensemble, Bilal Nugravee, Rodney Appleby, Camille Thurman, and The Wallace Roney Quintet. Nelson “Papa” Lucas of the Love Supreme School of Music will host the show.

On Sunday, July 30 The Dale Toliver Trio, The Charles Reedy Quintet (A Tribute to John “Spider “ Martin), Vanessa Rubin, The Freddie Hendrix Quintet and Nelson “Papa” Lucas with Expression, will grace the stage.  Nationally-renowned jazz radio personalities, Eulis Cathey (SIRIUS-XM/Real Jazz-Channel 67) will host the set.


James Herbert Martin, a renowned band leader and musician, madehis transition on March 12, 2015 .He was 82

A local jazz icon, “Pappy” worked tirelessly to keep the Masten Jazz Festival going, and to promote Black Classical Music (jazz) in the City of Buffalo.

Throughout his career, he played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Johnny Griffin, Billy Taylor, Betty Carter and Al Hibbler. As a band leader and musician, he played in many famous area nightclubs, including Little Harlem, Pine Grill, Revilot, Royal Arms, Moon Glow, Shalimar, Town Casino, Ontario House, and Blue Note.

As a community activist, hefounded the Love Supreme School of Music that focused on instrumental music lessons, music theory and the science of music. Love Supreme School launched careers of many local and national musicians. 

In 1996, James “Pappy” Martin collaborated with Steve Porter, Darryl Peebles, Council President James Pitts and Councilman Byron Brown to implement an innovative Community Enhancement Program entitled “MASTEN JAZZ FESTIVAL.”

 The festival was the first of its kind to be held on the grounds of the Buffalo Museum of Science in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, the heart and crown jewel on the Masten District. 

The Masten Jazz Festival – which now bears his name - continued under his sole leadership and remains a summer mainstay 22 years later.