Sage Hen CD CoverSince its 1995 inception, the BRJB has compiled an impressive record of performance dates big and small, in many venues big and small, in many parts of the country big and small, on river and ocean vessels big and small, even several gigs—(small) in a bierstube/mini-brewery/restaurant in Germany. No less that six recorded CDs are milestones along their path thru the years, and their sound has been frequently heard over numerous radio stations, most notably nostalgia-oriented WMKV-FM 89.3 in Cincinnati.

Appearances include Jazz Festivals of Chattanooga (2), Bix Beiderbecke/Davenport/IA, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Suncoast/Clearwater/FL (3), Hot Steamed Jazz/Essex/CT (2), Arizona Classic Jazz/Mesa/AZ, Elkhart Jazz Festval/Elkhart/IN, Washboard Music Festival/Logan/OH (12), EarlyJas/Stronsgville/OH (numerous) and Grugelfest/Toledo/OH (inaugural).

Conventions, wakes, weddings, private parties, city park concerts in the local and regional area, plus historical regular gigs at Meier's Café in the 1990s and Coachlight Room at "Just One More" tavern to the present time, have blended the considerable talents of each of its individual members together into a superb music-making organization.

 
Who's Who in the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band
Bob Adams (leader, banjo, vocals)
Bob has a wealth of experience as a veteran showman and jazz band interlocutor. His mother was a vocalist in a territory band in upstate New York, and Bob often sang with his mom on stage at the Clover Club in Ithaca, New York in his early childhood. He developed his life-long passion for music by listening to hot jazz recordings throughout his youth and early adulthood. Bob spent several years as an educator before deciding to actively pursue music on a full-time basis. He has been featured with such groups as the Early Times Show Band, the Ragtimers (on Bourbon Street in New Orleans), the Pearly Band and Banjo Kings at Disney World and Your Father's Mustache Show Band. Bob also owned the famed Meier's Café in Cincinnati, home of his original Blue Chip Jazz Band. He created the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band in 1994.
Sally Lukasik (trumpet and back-up vocals)
Sally's musical journey began at the tender age of five, when a door-to-door salesman sold her parents an accordion. At age ten, she made her trumpet debut performing her own solo rendition of Louis Armstrong's hit recording of the Broadway show tune, Mame, at her elementary school. She is a graduate of her hometown Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and performed as an extra with the Cincinnati Symphony before earning her M.A. in Music Theory at the University of Denver in 1990. As a graduate student in Denver, she studied classical accordion with the late virtuoso Robert Davine. Sally spent the better part of eighteen years as a music educator in several states, and was responsible for the debut performance of the Fruitvale Elementary Jazz Band of Hemet, CA. at the Desert Swing 'n Dixie Jazz Festival in Palm Springs in 1996. She has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and spent ten years with Denver's Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra. After her retirement from teaching in 2003, Sally began to follow her lifelong dream of working with animals. She is a self-employed professional pet stylist, avid horse lover and holistic animal healer. In addition to her accomplishments as a musical performer, she is the founder of Healing Presence Energy Therapies®.
Joe Lukasik (clarinet)
Joe is well known to most of our audiences for his dazzling clarinet wizardry and good-humour, both on and off the stage. Originally from Brooklyn, this wonderful musician has been a featured performer with many prestigious jazz groups at festivals, clinics and concerts both nationally and internationally. Joe spent nine years performing with Horace Henderson (Fletcher's brother), and appeared at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in 1991. A remarkable teacher, Joe continues to coach clarinetists and students of jazz at all levels of development, and he is the author of a handbook on the art of improvisation, entitled "Almost Making Music." Joe continues to make regular appearances at numerous Cincinnati jazz venues, and has recorded for several local labels. He and Sally joined the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band in 1996. Joe shares Sally's love for alternative holistic healing, and has recently become a Reiki Master. They enjoy performing middle eastern European music (with Sally on accordion,) and love to spend time together with their three rescued dogs-- Amos, Oskar and Hunny. Word has it that their cat Smokey is learning to play the washboard.
Mike Ward (tuba)
The newest member of the BRJB, Mike is a shining example of youthful exuberance, good looks and fine musicianship. During the day, he can be found teaching math and physics at Moeller High School, a prestigious parochial school in the Cincinnati area. Also a part-time math instructor at the University of Cincinnati, Mike spends his free time sailing, fishing, skiing and cooking. A serious student of traditional jazz, he has kept busy as a free-lance musician in the tri-state region for more than fourteen years. One of his passions is a desire to bring OKOM to younger students by way of clinics and concerts.
Gus Ross (drums)
Gus was born in New Orleans and immigrated to Cincinnati in 1956. He claims that twelve years of his petulant youth were spent playing French horn, but his College-Conservatory of Music matriculation revealed to him the way to his true rhythmic foundations. A nurseryman by day, Gus transforms into a swinging two-beat percussionist when the sun goes down or a jazz band materializes within earshot, laying down a beat that can't be ignored either by the band or innocent spectators. His influences go back to Baby Dodds, Joe Morello, Chauncy Morehouse and Gene Krupa. With extensive show experience, Gus performs with many local and regional bands, recently recording with Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators. An original member of the Blue Chip Jazz Band, Gus has been with the BRJB since it's inception in 1994.
Bob Butters (trombone)
Bob was smitten by Dorsey and Teagarden early on, and won the Tommy Dorsey trophy in the Look Magazine 1946 swing band contest at Carnegie Hall. At MIT, his "Dinner Music Society of Upper Beacon Street" played college functions and Boston's Savoy Café. As a de facto Savoy house band member, Bob backed numerous jazz legends, including Wild Bill Davison, Henry "Red" Allen, Max Kaminsky and Omer Simeon. He sat in for Al Jenkins with Doc Evans and subbed for J.C. Higginbotham and "Big Chief" Russell Moore. After moving to Ohio in 1951, Bob was soon working with Carl Halen's Gin Bottle 7, Eddie Bayard's Bourbon Street 5 (on and off the Delta Queen), Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators and Gene Mayl's Dixieland Rhythm Kings, recording with the first three groups. A member of the BRJB since 1996, Bob finds time to serve as president of the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society in his hometown Columbus, OH.
 

Date: May 2-4, 2014
Place: The Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Time: weekend event-featuring The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, The Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, The Fat Babies and The High Sierra Jazz Band!
Notes: The BRJB has been invited for a third appearance at the the marvelous Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival! Cost: Gold Preferred Seats: $200 (1st come) Silver Preferred: $175 General Admission: $150
Contact: Sally Lukasik
Directions: Holiday Inn 1400 Market St., Chattanooga, TN (800)872-2529. (Rooms ($105 per night) and festival info)
Email: buffaloridge@cinci.rr.com
Website: https://www.jazztrek.com

Date: May 2-4, 2014
Place: The Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Time: weekend event-featuring The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, The Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, The Fat Babies and The High Sierra Jazz Band!
Notes: The BRJB has been invited for a third appearance at the the marvelous Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival! Cost: Gold Preferred Seats: $200 (1st come) Silver Preferred: $175 General Admission: $150
Contact: Sally Lukasik
Directions: Holiday Inn 1400 Market St., Chattanooga, TN (800)872-2529. (Rooms ($105 per night) and festival info)
Email: buffaloridge@cinci.rr.com
Website: https://www.jazztrek.com

Date: May 16-17, 2014
Place: Christopher Conference Center, Chillicothe, OH
Time: Friday and Saturday event
Notes: Come join Sally, Joe Bob Butters and Gus as they will all be part of the 47th Annual Coon Sanders Nighthawks Bash in Chillicothe!
Contact: Larry Nusser 740-654-4308
Directions: google or mapquest for directions
Email: lnusser@att.net
Website: https://www.cohjs.org/coon-sanders/

Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Place: Oak Ridge Golf Club in Muskegon, MI 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. 49444
Time: 3-6 PM
Notes: Our friends from Michigan can join the band for a great afternoon of jazz, sponsored by the West Shore Jazz Society in Muskegon. $22 per person
Contact: Bill Blakeman (231)759-0071 or Call(231)733-0071 for reservations
Directions: Please Email or call Bill Blakeman for ticket information and directions.
Email: wjblakeman@aol.com
Website:


Sage Hen CD

Sage Hen Strut

Sage Hen Strut, Nobody's Sweetheart, Runnin' Wild, King Chanticleer, Shine, San Francisco Bay Blues, Somebody Stole My Gal, From Monday On, Irish Black Bottom, My Baby Just Cares For Me, Big Lip Blues, Sorry, My Little Bimbo, Closer Walk With Thee, Curse of an Aching Heart, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town.

Paddlewheelin' Jazz--A Tribute to The Tall
Stacks

O, When the Tall Stacks Come To Town!, Loadin' Up the Mandy Lee, Chattanooga Stomp, Roll On Mississippi, Golden Gate Stomp, Float Me Down The River, Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay, Waiting for the Robert E. Lee, Black Bottom Stomp, Old Green River, Steamboat Stomp, Paddlewheelin’ Along, Buddy Bolden Blues, Down On the O-hi-O, Down in Honky Tonky Town, Shreveport Stomps, Down By the Old Mill Stream.


High Society

Struttin' With Some Bar B Que, Wise Guy, Milneburg Joys, Clarinet Marmalade, Radio, Cakewalkin' Babies From Home, Royal Garden Blues, High Society, Butter and Egg Man, New Orleans, Decatur Street Tutti, San, Messin' Around, Some of These Days, Dr. Jazz, Once in Awhile, I Found a New Baby.



On Patrol

Candy Lips, I Had Someone Else (Before I Had You), At the Jaz Band Ball, Tishomingo Blues, Roll the Patrol, Wolverine Blues, When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver, Auntie Skinner's Chicken Dinner, Riverboat Shuffle, Tin Roof Blues, Who Walks In (When I Walk Out), Original Dixieland One-Step, Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll, Borneo, After You've Gone, Sunday, Bourbon Street Parade.


Buzzard's Parade

Contents: Eccentric Rag, Buzzard's Parade, My Heart, I Shall Not Be Moved, Russian Lullaby, Olga, Those Were The Days, Shoutin' Liza Trombone, Black and Blue, Big Crash From China, Ten Little Fingers, At a Georgia Camp Meeting, Medley (When I Grow Too Old to Dream-Let the Rest of the World Go By-Sweetheart of Sigma Chi-When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver), Yellow Dog Blues, Palestina, Strike Up The Band.

Buffalo Blues

New Orleans Shuffle, Canal Street Blues, Figety Feet, Ace in the Hole, Oriental Strut, Buffalo Blues, Yes Sir! That's My Baby, Ostrich Walk, Rose of Washington Square, Big Bear Stomp, Mandy - Make Up Yur Mind, Papa Dip, Tiger Rag, Black Coffee, Stack-O-Lee Blues, Just a Little While to Stay Here, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, South Rampart Street Parade.

Now Available!

Sheet Music by Sally Lukasik

O, When the Tall Stacks Come To Town!

Available for $6.00
(autographed by Sally)


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