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2010 BMA Jazz Group NOMINEES




  • Originally from Jamaica, Carol McLaughlin relocated to Buffalo in 1977
  • He has over 40 years of experience performing world wide
  • Quartet performs in smaller club settings
  • 17 Piece Big Band plays the classics of the Big Band Era
  • Carol has performed with Ruth Brown, Brook Benton, ZZ Hill, Johnny Mathis and Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Recorded soundtrack for the movie “Smile Orange”  with Melba Liston
  • Carol has also performed with Buffalo Jazz Workshop, Al Tinney and Sam Falzone



George Scott - Conductor

Karl Kozlowski - Drums
Jennifer May - Bass
Barry Boyd - Bass
Dave Comtois - Guitar
Peter Greco - Guitar
Tom Smith - Piano
Les Davis - Piano
Bret Runyon- Piano
Chris Rudroff - Alto Sax
Nathan Boyar - Alto Sax
Art Anderson -Alto Sax
Mike Ihde - Alto/Tenor Sax
Charles Reedy - Tenor Sax
Jim Tocha - Tenor Sax
Jim Doldan - Baritone Sax
Terry "The Rev" Bull - Trombone
Ryan Miller - Trombone
Bryan Pullins - Trombone
Danny Williams - Trombone
Bud Harkness - Trombone
Cory Byrd - Trombone
Chris Hooton - Trumpet
Tim Jarmusz - Trumpet / Drums
Stanley Day - Trumpet
Lou Kaminski - Trumpet
Melissa Kate – Vocals

  • Performs Big Band Jazz Dance Music
  • Open rehearsal every Monday 8pm at the Colored Musicians Club



Bilal Abdullah – Tenor Sax
Lady Lita – Vocals
Doug Trigger Gaston – Piano
Greg Piontek – Bass
Larry Owens – Drums

  • Under the leadership of Bilal Abdullah, the group has performed on a regular basis at the Anchor Bar for over a decade


Original Members
Trumpets: John DiLiberto, Sam Noto, Dennis Tribuzzi, Dick Riederer, Nelson Starr
Trombones: Lon Gormely, Bob Reichard, Sy LaVette, Ang Calea, Fred Secor, Fred Marshall
Saxophones: Sam Scamacca, Sam Falzone, Tom Ingrasia, Joe Godios, Joe Campagna
Rhythm : Louie Marino, John Curry, Mike Moser, Joe Baudo, Ray Chamberlain

Newer Members

Trumpets: Joe Parisi, Phil Nyhuis, Chris Hooton, Pete Ciarolo, Jabber Calabrese, Danny Lampone
Trombones: Scott Smith, Bud Harkness,
Saxophones: Vic Chiodo, Carol McLaughlin, Dan Pieczynski
Guitar: Dave Comtois

  • Formed in 2002 when Dr. Joe Baudo retired as Coordinator of Music at Sweet Home Central Schools
  • They are also known as the Tuesday 12 to 2 Band because for years that was their rehearsal time at the Eldredge Bicycle Club in Tonawanda. They now rehearse at the Colored Musicians Club on Broadway
  • Members of the band have previously performed with Stan Kenton, Don Ellis, Tommy Dorsey and many other national big bands
  • Released CD entitled “The Joe Baudo Big Band (Tuesday 12 to 2)”



Dave Calire – Keyboards, Vocals
Jim Bohm – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

  • Both Dave and Jim are graduates of SUNY Fredonia music school
  • Dave previously performed with the USA Band and Back in Time and was music director for vocal musical theater productions
  • As Union musician, Jim backed up Aretha Franklin, Frankie Vallie and The Temptations and was a member of Hitmen Horns, Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz Allstars and Animal Planet
  • Jim released CD “My Funny Valentine” with saxophonist Ken Witman



Joseph Bernard
Mike Ihde
Dave Manth
Laura Anderson
Adam Desmond
Alan Jaenecke
Bob King
Bob Reichard
Joe Parisi
Bill Siedler
Pete Ciraolo
Joe Baudo
Dick Riederer
Glenn Molik
Jim Linsner
John Anderson
Kathy Carr,
Mitch Quick

  • Group was formed in 1993 and has many former members
  • Five recordings including  “A Big Band Christmas”
  • Opened concerts for Doc Severinsen, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Sammy Kay Orchestras
  • Band size ranges from a duo to a twenty piece orchestra
  • Performs tribute to Frank Sinatra, with vocalist Jack Civiletto
  • Website: www.pyramidband.com


Jennie Jones- 1st Alto, Director
Jennifer May – Bass
Maggie Rolston – 1st Tenor
Marcia Tichy – 2nd Alto
Shannon Zolnowski – 2nd Tenor
Susan Fimble – Baritone Sax
Molly McClausland – 1st Trombone
Vicky Carden – 2nd Trombone
Rachel Birkman – 3rd Trombone
Julie Windon – 1st Trumpet
Christina Bordeleau – 2nd Trumpet
Carol Svenson – 3rd Trumpet
Stacey Nicastro – 4th Trumpet
Claudia Andres – Piano
Christina Custodi – Piano
Peggy Scalzo – Drums
Kathy Carr – Vocals

  • Former members: Fran Scharrett 2nd Atlo and Laurie Bordonaro – piano, vocals
  • Jennifer May founded the band in 2002
  • BMA for “Best Big Band”
  • Performs festivals in Buffalo and surrounding areas: Lewiston Jazz Festival ,Queen City Jazz Festival, M&T Plaza Concert Series, Strong Museum- Rochester and Habitat for Humanity Fund Raiser
  • Recorded “Ladies First Jazz Live” at the Tralf Music Hall in 2008
  • Website: www.ladiesfirstjazz.com



Jennie Jones – Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Vocals
Julie Winden – Trumpet
Maggie Roston – Alto & Tenor Saxophone
Jennifer May – Bass
Peggy Scalzo – Drums

  • Formed in 1994
  • Performed at Taste of Buffalo, M&T Concert Series and at various festivals and events in Buffalo and surrounding areas
  • Won BMA twice
  • Part of the Ladies First Jazz Big Band
  • Jennifer May toured internationally with R&B Band Taylor Made Jazz
  • Peggy Scalzo is drummer for the National Awarded American Legion Band of the Tonawandas and drummer for Dave Schiavone
  • Jennie Jones is leader of Jazzline and the band director for the Ladies First Jazz Big Band
  • Website: www.ladiesfirstjazz.com



  • Group has up to twelve members and plays  Jazz, Top 40 and Big Band
  • Features vocalist Leah Weyand