Colored Musicians Club Annual Queen City Jazz Festival Returns July 31!

On Saturday July 31  between 1p.m. – 8p.m. ,the Historic Colored Musicians Club is proud to present the return of the annual Queen City Jazz Festival in downtown Buffalo for its 17th year anniversary and a day filled with jazz and  jazz lover fellowship  right outside of the club at 145 Broadway at Michigan ave. 

The roster features some of WNY’s world class talent to grace the stage presented by the CMC, who’s “vision is to be the global icon in the presentation of African-American music where the next generation of legends are made,”  says artistic director Walter Kemp . 

The festival will boast the richness and diversity of Buffalo’s musical talent base showcased during 7 performances at this year’s event. 

Among the  great lineup of performers  gracing the  stage, festival goers will get to hear  the talents of  award winning pianist George Caldwell featuring Bobby Militello . One of the Pre-eminent swing players of modern jazz, Caldwell is a fully tenured jazz piano legend who has served with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as a sideman extraordinaire, and as leader of his own ensembles. 

l/r George Caldwell, Curtis Lovell, Nelson Rivera  and Daniel DB Powell

Also in the lineup is the beautifully unique vocal artist Curtis Lovell.  Lovell who has in recent years released some of the most original and unique music projects, is the talented daughter of the late Ujima theater founder Lorna Hill. She embodies a captivating stage presence and has amazing sonic range with hints of her influences like Jill Scott, Nina Simone and Nat King Cole among others.

Trigger Gaston

Saxophonist / percussionist Nelson Rivera has been a valued member of the Buffalo music scene for nearly two decades. He performs with a wide variety of projects across a range of styles including Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, Buffalo Jazz Octet and many others. Drummer Daniel “DP” Powell  will perform with  Trinity Band a soulful favorite from the area. Powell has a host of recording and performing collaborations from his first gig with Chaka Khan to Prince, Freddie Jackson, Patti Labelle, Billy Cobham and Phyllis Hyman.

There will be the performances by the one and only Trigger and the Sermon ,  the dynamic Jay Sharptet and the  George Scott Big band who will open the show to kick off a full day of jazz  so don’t for get your chairs!    


The event will be held rain or shine. The festival is free, and donations are welcome to support the festival and the not-for-profit Colored Musicians Club.

The Jay Sharptete

The full lineup for the day long event includes:

1pm George Scott Big Band              

2pm Jay Sharptet                                       

3pm Nelson Rivera & Somos La Gente 

4pm Curtis Lovell 

5pm Trinity featuring DP 

6pm Trigger and the Sermon 

7pm George Caldwell feat. Bobby Militello

Festival sponsors are M&T Bank, Indigo Productions, Try-it Distributing Company, Buf

Annual Queen City Jazz Festival Returns July 31!

falo Place, Cullen Foundation, Point 9mile Collaborative, Hallwalls C.A.C., and the City of Buffalo.

Details about the Queen City Jazz festival are  on Facebook  The Historic Colored Musicians Club page

Information about the historic Colored Musicians Club—the longest continually operating African-American Musicians Club in the United States(in 1999, it was designated a historical preservation site) —is at