Monday, April 22, 2019

Drummer Greg Bufford to Lead Trio at NJ Jazz Society April Social in Madison

Greg Bufford Trio 

WHEN: April 28th. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the music is performed from 3:30-5:30 p.m., with one short intermission.
WHERE:
Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main St. in Madison
ADMISSION: free for New Jersey Jazz Society members and $10 for non-members. There is also a $10 food/beverage minimum.
For more information, email music@njjs.org, or call 973 372-5409.

 All About Jazz's David Orthmann calls West Orange-based jazz drummer Greg Bufford, "an exceptional musician with a personal sound, conception and feeling for jazz . . . There are two overlapping sides of Bufford's musical personality, which he projects simultaneously. On the one hand, he provides a firm rhythmic foundation and generously supports every musician on the bandstand. On the other, Bufford draws on a deep reservoir of rhythms—some boldly executed, other that barely register in the listener's consciousness -- and executes them in mesmerizing ways."

Bufford, who studied under master jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones, will lead a trio at the New Jersey Jazz Society's April social at Shanghai Jazz in Madison. Bufford met the legendary drummer in 1975 in Philadelphia when Jones let him sit in with his quartet. In an interview with nj.com several years ago, Bufford recalled the encounter. "After the set, Philly Joe came up to me, put his arm on my shoulder and told me he would teach me. In the lessons, he'd talk about life, music, drums . . . So, what I try to do is get close to the musicality of Philly Joe."

Funding for the New Jersey Jazz Society socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.