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Letter: Jazz festival showcases remarkable musicians

Jazz festival showcases remarkable musicians

I confess, I am an incurable “jazz-head” and have traveled to too many jazz festivals to list here. The Aug. 1 reviewer of the Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival did a fine job describing the mechanical aspect of the musicians’ performances, but did not include a description of the artistry of the music or the essence of the beautifully tranquil atmosphere.

Although there are a number of summer jazz events throughout the Buffalo area, the PML-MJF – started 21 years ago by the late James “Pappy” Martin, musician and community builder – has evolved over the years, in my opinion, to be the premier pure jazz festival in Western New York.

On July 24 and 31, the PML-MJF, held next to the Museum of Science in Olmsted-designed Martin Luther King Jr. Park, offered the highest quality of what a jazz festival should be. My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing some of this area’s best local jazz talent and remarkable musical talent from several top-rated national jazz musicians.

This event was “top-of-the-line” in terms of organization, relaxation, musicianship and acoustics, plus it was free.

Charles H. Campbell


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