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The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series Concert: Three Brothers and a Distant Cousin

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2 pm

Three Brothers and a Distant Cousin

Delaware Stairs

Three Brothers and a Distant Cousin is the brainchild of trombonist Phil Sims and drummer Dan Hull. Buffalo’s incredibly rich jazz saxophone tradition was too much to resist in forming this group, which teams three very different jazz tenor saxophone artists (Maynard Ferguson alumnus Andy Wenzler, Doc Severinsen/BPO Pops alumnus Russ D’Alba, and recording artist Kelly Bucheger) with one nimble trombonist, Phil Sims. Add Tommy Dorsey Orchestra bassist Paul Zapalowski; one of Buffalo's most prolific jazz drummers and impresarios, Dan Hull; and Count Basie Orchestra pianist George Caldwell, and you have a most unique jazz experience.

The band centers its attention on the music of jazz trombone legend J. J. Johnson and tenor sax phenomenon Hank Mobley. Many of the band’s tunes offer “super-sax and trombone” harmonization of Mobley or J. J. solos, lifted right from the original recordings. There are many other artists represented in their repertoire as well, including music by such luminaries as Hubert Laws; Harry Connick, Jr.; and even Steve Allen. 


The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series is back at the Albright-Knox. Concerts will take place on the museum’s Delaware Stairs overlooking Hoyt Lake on five Sundays at 2 pm, from July 6 through August 3, with a rain date on August 10. Admission is free. Bring the whole family to enjoy this summer tradition!


Limited parking is available in the museum’s parking lot on Elmwood Avenue. Parking is $5 for visitors and $3 for Members. Please bring your parking ticket into the museum to have it validated at the Admissions Desk. There is also parking available on the roads surrounding the Albright-Knox. Please take care to adhere to all parking regulations. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. View Alternate Parking Map (PDF)