The Buffalo Shuffle @ the Tralf
by Geoff Kelly - posted 9:47 am, December 28, 2009
There’s New Orleans, Kansas City, New York, and Chicago style jazz, or the Nashville sound in country music. Perhaps not as recognizable as these genres, but equally as important, was the Buffalo sound: a style of traditional rhythm and blues forged in Buffalo during the early 1960s by a local band Stan & the Ravens, led by pianist Stan Szelest. Inspired by the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, and Chuck Berry, Stan & the Ravens worked the Buffalo bar scene perfecting their unique brand of blues. The Buffalo sound, sometimes referred to as the Buffalo shuffle, takes the typical drum shuffle beat and boils it down to give it a quality that former Ravens drummer Gary Mallaber describes as “gusty, earthy.” In short, it became ours. “The Buffalo Shuffle” night at the Tralf commemorates the lasting impression of the Buffalo style, featuring local Buffalo musicians Doug Yeomans, Mick Hayes, Pete Holquin, Jim Ehinger, Steve Sadoff and Al Monti with special guest musicians weekly. Starting this Monday (Dec. 28) and continuing weekly, the event welcomes musicians to participate in the rediscovery and development of the Buffalo sound.
7pm/doors; 8pm/show | Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860/www.tralfmusichall.com)