Jazz At Its Best - Guest Artists


    2019 Dave Schiavone, Saxophone. University of Buffalo Music School and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Western New York soloist and educator; Founder The Dave Schiavone Quartet. 

    2018 John Bacon, Percussion. SUNY Fredonia, Western New York soloist and Director of The Fredonia Latin Jazz Ensemble.

    2017 George Caldwell, Piano. Grammy Award winner and Pianist with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras.

    2016 Mark Filsinger, Trumpet. Founder - Mark Filsinger Eleventet, Winner "Best Big Band" 2015 in Buffalo, NY.

    2015 Russ Carere, Saxophone, Premier Western New York Woodwind Artist. Performs with the Amherst Saxophone Quartet.

    2014 Mike Kaupa, Trumpet. Eastman School of Music, West Senior High School graduate. Performed with the Glenn Miller Band.

    2013 Bobby Militello, Alto Saxophone & Flute, long time member of Dave Brubeck Quartet and Maynard Ferguson Big Band.

    2012 James Burton III Jazz Trombonist, faculty member of The Juilliard School and Director of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.

    2011 Gap Mangione jazz pianist and his Trio from Rochester is known for his work with his brother, Chuck Mangione on their many CD's and albums including The Jazz Brothers, Hey Baby! and Spring Fever.

    2010 Kris Jensen, Tenor Saxophone and Quartet (featured soloist with Maynard Ferguson)

    2009 Dave Schiavone, Saxophones and Flute has toured nationally and internationally with the bands of Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey and Doc Severinsen.

    2008 Wendell Rivera, Latin Percussionist and his Latin Jazz All-Stars - performed with Aretha Franklin, Ben Vereen, Dave Valentin and Bob Mintzer.

    2007 David Gibson, Trombone - Performed with Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band and Grammy Winner, Slide Hampton's "World of Trombones."

    2006 Clay Jenkins, Trumpet - Performed with Stan Kenton, Harry James and Buddy Rich Bands.  He is a professor of music at Eastman School of Music.

    2005 Bruce Johnstone, Baritone Saxophone - Performed with Maynard Ferguson Orchestra and Woody Herman's "Thundering Herd."

    2004 Gap Mangione, Piano - Performs with "New Blues Band," Big Band and brother, Chuck Mangione

    2003 Pat LaBarbera, Tenor Saxophone - performed with Buddy Rich Big Band.

    2003 Cindy Miller, Vocalist - performs with Gap Mangione and Rochester Philharmonic

    2002 Don Menza, Tenor Saxophone - performed with Buddy Rich Big Band and Maynard Ferguson

    2001 Steve Davis, Trombone - Emmy award winner, performed with Chic Corea

    2000 Jeff Jarvis, Trumpet/Composer - award winning composer/performer

    1999 Chris Vadala, Alto Saxophone - performed with Chuck Mangione

    1998 Lenny Pickett, Tenor Saxophone - Leader, "Saturday Night Live" Band

    1997 Tom "Bones" Malone, Trombone - David Letterman Show and the "Blues Brothers" Band

    1996 Ed Shaughnessy, Drums - the "Tonight Show" Band

    1995 Jeff Tyzik, Trumpet/Composer - HBO Music Composer and Performer

    1994 Chris Vadala, Alto Saxophone - performed with Chuck Mangione