At 8 tonight, Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) presents a program that goes a long way toward certifying that some of the most progressive musicians in modern jazz are living and working in the Buffalo area.
What Would Mingus Do? is a rotating collective of prime musicians led by alto/tenor saxophonist Kelly Bucheger. The group plays original jazz compositions, all of them marked by serious improvisation, an air of fun and playfulness, and inevitably, a killer sense of swing. In that sense, the group pays tribute to its namesake, the late and indisputably great bassist and composer Charles Mingus, who spent his life crafting idiosyncratically brilliant jazz tunes.
For tonight’s show at Pausa, Bucheger will front an expanded edition of WWMD?, featuring Tim Clarke on trumpet and flugelhorn, Michael McNeill on piano, Danny Ziemann on bass and Russ Algera on drums. Admission is $5 at the door.
All you Zombies
It is perhaps one of the great mysteries of the early 21st century – just how is it possible that Colin Blunstone has lost absolutely none of his power and versatility as a vocalist after all of this time? After all, it has been more than 40 years since the Zombies first emerged as a hit-making force on the strength of classics like “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There.” Blunstone is pushing 70 now. Yet he remains a singer in full command of his considerable gifts.
The Zombies – still featuring Blunstone’s long-term musical partner Rod Argent on keyboards – has been on a roll since the 2008 release of its 40th anniversary concert take on the classic “Odyssey and Oracle” album. Reviews of the group’s live shows have run the gamut from glowing to downright fawning. Blunstone’s voice has routinely been cited for a continued cause for celebration.
The Zombies, with Et Tu Bruce, perform at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $39 advance, $44 on the day of the show (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
The Buffalove Music Festival takes place Friday and Saturday at the Willow Creek Winery (2627 Chaplin Road, Silver Creek). Camping will be available, which will make it easy to take in the packed roster of some of the area’s finest progressive and jam-based bands, among them Aqueous, the MKGs, Funktional Flow, Universe Shark, Slip Madigan, Steel Keys & Brass and Smackdab. The festival will boast two stages, with rotating performances keeping the music going. Tickets for the full festival are $35 advance, and $45 at the gate. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free. Check out the full schedule at Buffalovemusicfest.com.
10,000 Maniacs will celebrate the release of a new album, “Music From the Motion Picture,” the renowned alt-pop group’s first collection of new material in 14 years, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Tickets are $40 (Showclix.com).
“The world’s biggest underground band,” revered alternative/jam outfit Dispatch, plays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Artpark, Lewiston. Tickets are $5 through Sunday, $10 the week of the show (box office, Artpark.net). Lucious opens the show.