The Buffalo Jazz Collective was excited to launch its inaugural concert series that celebrated the rich jazz heritage of Western New York. Concerts included many of the areas top jazz musicians along with internationally-acclaimed guest artists and composers with roots in Western New York.

Our premiere Second Sunday's concert series was held at the Buffalo History Museum on the Second Sunday of each month beginning in October 2016. See the complete lineup below.


Fall Lineup



Oct. 9, 2016

Pre-concert talk at 2pm; concert begins at 2:30pm

We are kicking off the series with The Buffalo Jazztet, a newly formed group featuring our Artistic Directors. They will perform original arrangements of American Songbook composer, Harold Arlen. Born in Buffalo in 1905, Arlen composed over 500 songs, including those for the Wizard of Oz.

Local jazz historian and author, Professor Chuck Mancuso will give a special pre-concert talk on Arlen's life and music.  


Mark FILsinger Eleventet

Nov. 13, 2016

Pre-concert talk at 2pm; concert begins at 2:30pm

The Mark Filsinger Eleventet is an exciting jazz ensemble featuring 11 of Buffalo's most celebrated musicians. The mid-sized ensemble combines the excitement and power of a big band with the creative and improvisational aspects of a jazz quartet. With that concept in mind, Filsinger's original compositions and arrangements include fast bebop lines, beautiful melodies, ensemble shout choruses, and plenty of space for improvisers to stretch out and amaze audiences.


Bobby plays Brubeck and More! 

Dec. 11, 2016

Pre-concert talk at 2pm; concert begins at 2:30pm

One of Buffalo's jazz treasures, Bobby Militello, leads his world-class quartet in a concert of jazz standards and songs by Dave Brubeck. Formed in 2014, his quartet includes Bobby Jones on piano, Jim Colemon on bass, and John Bacon, Jr. on drums. They have performed at the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival as well as at many local events and venues. 

Spring Lineup


Pete Malinverni

February 12, 2017

Pre-concert talk at 2pm; concert begins at 2:30pm

Niagara Falls native, Pete Malinverni currently serves as Chair of Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase. He is one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in New York City, and has performed and recorded extensively with numerous jazz luminaries including Joe Lovano, Charles Davis, and Mel Lewis.

Malinverni's composition, "The Creation," based on the text of James Weldon Johnson will be a highlight of this concert. For the performance, he will be joined by the Buffalo Jazztet and the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (BAVPA) Choir under the direction of Ms. Karen Saxon.


Freddie Hendrix 

March 12, 2017

Pre-concert talk at 2pm; concert begins at 2:30pm

Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpet players in jazz, and beyond. He has worked with a wide array of performers that range from the Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. As an educator, Mr. Hendrix serves as jazz trumpet professor at the Hartt School of Music. 

For this concert, Mr. Hendrix will be a featured guest with a group comprised of Western New York's outstanding musicians. 


Sam Noto 87th Birthday Celebration

April 9, 2017

Pre-concert talk at 2pm; concert begins at 2:30pm

Sam Noto is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and bop soloist. He has worked throughout North America with some of the biggest names and best bands in jazz, including Stan Kenton, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Red Rodney, Don Menza, Joe Romano, Louie Bellson, Frank Rossolino and Mel Lewis to name a few. For this concert, Noto will be honored in his hometown of Buffalo for his tremendous accomplishments. He will appear as a special guest with the Buffalo Jazztet in a performance of his compositions and favorite jazz standards.


The Collective also performed at many other venues around Buffalo throughout the year, including: