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Jazz warrior

On Saturday, we'll have the opportunity to welcome back one of our own, as jazz drummer, composer and theoretician Nasar Abadey returns for an 8 p.m. show in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.).

Abadey grew up in Buffalo, studied music at the University at Buffalo and went on to become a first-call session player and touring musician. Abadey's resume is absolutely ridiculous, a who's who list packed to the brim with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Rouse, Gary Bartz, Cyrus Chestnut, Sonny Fortune, Ella Fitzgerald and Eartha Kitt.

The project nearest and dearest to his musical heart, however, is surely Supernova, the band he has led for more than a decade, and the progenitor of a musical form he calls "Multi-D" -- a reference to the trans-idiomatic nature of the music's structure, and also to its post-Bop and modal aspirations.

The Tralf show marks the release of the band's new disc, "Diamond In the Rough," an inspired collection of pieces that display the lasting influence of Abadey's initial musical idols -- Miles Davis, Tony Williams and Wayne Shorter.

Supernova boasts another Buffalo native, in the form of alto/soprano saxophonist Joe Ford, and is rounded out by bassist James B. King and pianist Allyn Johnson.

Tickets are $20 (box office,


Rockin' the suburbs

Though the hub of the original music scene in Buffalo revolves around a handful of downtown clubs, we can't forget the abundance of live music establishments filling the suburban rings.

Club Infinity (8166 Main St., Williamsville), for example, is broadening its scope, now balancing its weekly "Howdee's Country Night" (9 p.m. Thursdays) against shows highlighting local bands and multiple-act national bills, like Saturday's AP Tour, which will find Black Veil Brides, Destroy Rebuild, Until God Shows, I See Stars and Versa Emerge taking over the club beginning at 6 p.m. It's an all-ages gig.

A full listing of events is available at


Looking out for our own

So, the whole "let's get signed to a major record label and all our dreams will come true, while some dude in a suit foots the bill" hasn't really worked out so well for many musicians. Artists are, of course, finding a way to bounce back.

One useful avenue is provided by online "pledge pages" like Kickstarter, which is being used by indie musicians, filmmakers, writers and any other artsy types eager to avoid getting a real job (heh heh) to raise funds to cover specific projects.

Buffalo's own Mark Norris & the Backpeddlers would like to release their new collection, "Songs of Guilt & Revenge," on good old-fashioned vinyl, but they can't afford to do it on their own, in all honesty. The band has created a page to accept pledges at Just type "Mark Norris" into the site's search engine, and you'll be taken to the band's page.

If you're still feeling altruistic, help out local singer/songwriter Lisa Barrett, a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. You can vote for Lisa's "When You Look At Me" at, or visit


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