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Jazzbugs present a progam celebrating Buffalo Songwriters 1920s..
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The Jazzbugs' music features toe-tapping, quick-witted, uplifting hot jazz in the rich tradition of 1920s and 30s Buffalo songwriters such as Jack Yellen and Harold Arlen, to name a couple.

Dr. Jazz has led retro bands for many years, from the legendary UB Skiffle Band to the Ukulele Ladies to the current Jazzbugs lineup and has played with Leon Redbone, Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond Jr. and several others.

In addition to Dr. Jazz, the Jazzbugs include mellifluous guitarist and banjo player Willie Wilson and noted jazz bassist Ed Woods.

The Jazzbugs perform as a trio and are expandable, including additional musicians for larger venues, and have a steady Sunday evening engagement at Nietzsches on Allen Street in Buffalo. A CD release is planned for the near future.

B R I A N    B A U E R   ( a k a  “ D r .  J a z z ” )
saxophone and clarinet
Brian studied under the famous teacher Marvin Kam, who studied under the legendary Rudy Wiedoeft in the late 1920s. Brian continues the tradition of Vaudeville-era styles via period instruments, early microphones and clothes, and -- oh, yes -- humor.

Instruments used by the Dr.:
1922 Holton C soprano saxophone
1928 Holton “Rudy Wiedoeft Model” C melody saxophone
1929 Holton “Rudy Wiedoeft Model” alto saxophone
1929 Holton “Rudy Wiedoeft Model” tenor saxophone
1929 Holton “Rudy Wiedoeft Model” B-flat soprano saxophone
1940 Holton Triple Octave baritone saxophone
1923 Conn bass saxophone
1908 Buffet Albert System Bb clarinet
1927 Selmer Paris Model washboard
Voice comes from a megaphone that has been stuck in his throat since birth.

W I L L    W I L S O N
guitar, banjo, and vocals
Will has performed with Toronto’s Rainbow Gardens Orchestra, the New Blue Four, aboard Princess Cruise lines, and as featured banjoist for the Niagara Symphony’s 1998 Gershwin centennial celebration.

Will plays a 1927 Bacon and Day Silver Bell No. 1 plectrum banjo, a 2006 custom-made Michael Dunn guitar, and a 2013 Caftellucia Guitar. His musical heroes include guitarists Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, and George Barnes, banjoists Sleepy Hall and Eddie Peabody, and pianist Fats Waller.

E D   W O O D S
Ed was fascinated by the music of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Anderson in cartoons as a child and instinctively knew that he would become a musician. His fate was sealed when he spotted an upright bass in the window of Denton, Cottier and Daniels on Court Street in downtown Buffalo. Initially self taught, Ed later studied with Ted Meyer of the Buffalo Philharmonic and attended Jazz Workshops hosted by renowned Jazz pianist Al Tinney, who recognized and encouraged his development.

Ed has participated in the Young Audiences Concert Series in schools throughout NY State and provided music for film and television projects.

Ed currently plucks, strums and bows a German bass circa 1850, a Juzek 1900 and a Kay 1940s.

New Jazzbugs CD - “Happy Feet”

Look for the Jazzbug’s new CD, “Happy Feet”, coming soon (read a review). Here are a few samples in mp3 format:

1.Happy Feet
2. Hobo’s Prayer
3. Orange Blossom Rag
4. Sadie Green
5. Sax-O-Phun

Booking through Edge of the Woods Music.

I am very familiar with the musicianship of Brian Bauer (aka "Dr. Jazz"), having had the good fortune of performing with him in a variety of groups, including my own, several times over the last 20 plus years. Anyone who has heard Brian or performed with him, knows why he is a "first call musician". He is an excellent musician, vocalist and entertainer. He knows the history of the music included in this CD and he "lives" it, and makes it come alive with his interpretation of the music. His "talking" instruments and corny period jokes make for a fun-filled performance. You can depend on Brian's talents to broaden your musical experience and brighten your day. I'm also well acquainted with the talents of Will (Willie) Wilson, having also performed with him in a variety of groups over the same period of time. I particularly enjoy his banjo prowess and it seems to me that his is happiest when playing it. His guitar and vocal talents only add to his total performance. I don't know Ed Woods as well as his cohorts, but it is obvious from his performance ,that his talent adds to the "bottom of the band" that musicians know is so important to any group endeavor. His relaxed style definitely adds to the other musicians comfort zone. If you enjoy music from the early years of this century, this is the CD you'll want to add to your collection. If you're not familiar with the music of this period, you soon will be, and it will be an enjoyable experience. The musicians obviously enjoy performing together and their efforts prove that this "period" music is still very much alive and well. "Straight Ahead".

Ted Howes
Former host of “At the Jazz Band Ball” on WBFO FM, NPR, Buffalo