Suncliff on the Lake Jazz invites you
to be a part of a very special evening of great music.
Andrew Peruzzini performed with the Buffalo (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra under Robert Austin Boudreau (Pittsburgh), the Glorious Brass Quintet (Austin), the Ringling Brothers Circus, the Disneyland Band, the Carol McLaughlin Big Band (Solo trumpet ), the Jazz trio Payazzo, and was lead horn player with My Cousin Tone’ jazz ensemble and others.
As a student and educator, Andrew shared the stage or classroom with Keith Jarrett, Ron Carter, Allen Vizzutti, Rick Braun, Ed Shaughnessey, Ron Logan, Jeff Tyzik, Steve Raybine, Rayburn Wright, Bill Dobbins, Sam Zambito, Ted Nash, Rick Schlosser and many others.
In demand as a jazz trumpeter in Mexico, Andrew is a frequent guest performer with Spanish guitar stars Media Luna, Spanish guitar virtuoso Gil Guttierez, the International Festival of Jazz and Blues, the R and B band Woody Price and the Roadrunners. He was a full merit scholarship recipient to attend the Eastman School of Music (BME) and University of Texas @Austin (MFA) and is a certified New York State music educator and retired Buffalo School music teacher.
Jamaican saxophonist, composer/arranger and childhood neighbor of reggae legend Bob Marley, maestro Carol McLaughlin, in the seventh decade of his professional career, boasts musical collaborations with a who’s who of jazz and popular music stars Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr., Brooke Benton, Les Browne, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernest Ranglin, Melba Liston, Al Tinney, Sam Falzone, Sam Noto, and Cyrus Chestnut.
Carol spent sixteen years as Music director for the Eastern Steamship Line and Carnival Cruise Lines, before mentoring notable musicians Josh Levitt, Andrew Nixon, Jesse McGinty and many others. Carol leads his own quintet as well as his namesake Carol McLaughlin Big Band.
As a fiercely independent young musician, pianist Andrew Nixon taught himself piano, rejecting classical music lessons in favor of his passions – blues and rock and roll.
Andrew found his jazz voice in 2006, studying with the great pianist/teacher Paul Hoffman with whom he studied the classical technique and theory he neglected as a child. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from the University of Buffalo where he also studied classical piano and composition.
Andrew has led groups performing at the CMC Jazz Festival and Northwest Jazz Festival, is a member of the Carol McLaughlin Big Band, composed the music for the feature film “Elizabeth Bathory” and is the keyboardist on the Paul Messina and Mark Harris album “The Bigger Picture”. He also owns and operates “Buffalo Piano Lessons”, maintaining an impressive 30-student roster.
Free lance bassist, cellist and professor Gil Pease earned his degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.), and the Juilliard School (M.M.) where he majored in Double Bass Performance.
Gil has performed professionally with many groups including the jazz group “Magnitude” with saxophonist Carol McLaughlin, in residence at Buffalo, NY’s famous Anchor Bar for many years and continues to perform with several orchestras, and jazz ensembles.
Mr. Pease directed the Batavia City School District High School, Middle School, and Elementary Orchestras for 30 years and now holds a teaching post at Houghton College as an Assistant Professor of Double Bass.
Abdul-Rahman Qadir, drummer, has performed extensively over the years with a wide variety of local and national personalities in music venues and theater. These include the late Grover Washington, Jr., Dave “Fathead” Newman, and Al Tinney. Others include Delfayo Marsalis, Liberty Silver, and the Lance Diamond Band.
Abdul-Rahman has also worked in theater with The Paul Robeson Theater, the Ujima Theater, and Down in My Soul Productions.