November 8, 2013 - 12:37 PM
Looking through the latest Gusto, dreaming of the weekend, Buzz can't help but be struck by Sinead O'Connor, on the cover...
... and Macklemore, on the next page. That is Macklemore on the left in case you do not know your rappers.
OK, Macklemore has a little more hair, and he strikes as a lot more fun. But they pretty much share the same look, you know?
First the bald pianist.
November 4, 2013 - 4:02 PM
Russian pianist Yakov Kasman, who played Prokofiev last weekend with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, not only has great chops, he has a great sense of humor.
The Buffalo News, while praising the performance, had fun pointing out the difference between Kasman's style and the style of the guest conductor, Arild Remmereit. Remmereit wore formal tie and tails, while Kasman opted for more casual clothes. Remmereit, with his long, shining blond hair, was something of a showman, whereas Kasman was bent over the piano like an accountant bent over his desk.
The News gets a email from Kasman. He wrote good-humoredly: "I think you forgot to mention in this music review that I am bald in a contrast with the conductor."
And he signed it: "Jakov Kasman, Accountant."
October 31, 2013 - 12:36 PM
In conversation with The Buffalo News, super-chef Lidia Bastianich mentioned she liked classical music.
What classical music? Buzz, nerd that we are, had to ask.
Lidia had answers!
“I go regularly to the Met," she told Buzz. “My favorite conductor is Valery Gergiev. I met him. We’re somewhat friends now. I followed him to the White Nights festival in St. Petersburg. They have a festival of classical music. It’s magnificent. That got me into the Russian music. ‘War and Peace.' ‘Prince Igor.' "
Those are some impressive Russian operas! "War and Peace" is by Serge Prokofiev. "Prince Igor" is by Alexander Borodin.
In this gorgeous video you may watch Lidia's friend Maestro Gergiev in action.
Wow. Sort of makes you hungry, doesn't it? We can see where Lidia gets her inspiration.
If music be the food of love, cook on!
October 30, 2013 - 4:09 PM
Act your age, not your shoe size, as our teachers used to tell us. But still. Buzz had to crack up at Kleinhans Music Hall, seeing these critters at the recent Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kids' show.
Elmo tried to cajole our niece, Barbara, into posing with him. No go.
Elmo had better luck with Barbara's dad.
Parents all wanted to get their pictures taken with Elmo! What was with that? This is supposed to be for the kids and the grown-ups are having the good time.
We loved these creatures standing by the stairs.
We loved seeing Matthew Kraemer, the BPO's Associate Conductor, in a chicken suit. That alone, you have to figure, is worth the price of admission.
And the best was, we saw Mickey Mouse walking into the Mary Seaton Room, looking sweaty and exhausted, taking off his giant Mickey Mouse head. Ha, ha! We wish we had gotten a picture of that.
Some things never grow old!
October 25, 2013 - 3:53 PM
Doc Severinsen, at 86, still manages to eclipse expectations. No matter how sequinned you expect him to be, he will be more sequinned. No matter how loud you think he'll be, he'll be louder.
This morning's Coffee Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra -- the concert repeats Saturday at 8 p.m. -- were full of memorable moments, and many were just Severinsen talking.
He told us how, down in Mexico where he lives, he often tunes in to the Sirius station that is All Sinatra, All the Time.
"At 2 a.m., I sometimes turn the station on, and the memories flood over me," he said.
The image of Doc Severinsen kicked back in the middle of the night, listening to Sinatra ... unforgettable!
Doc also introduced one number by saying, "So this is 'What is This Thing Called Love?' And if anyone knows the answer, give me a call."
Ha, ha! What else did he say? Well, a little poignantly, he said: "Life is a drama, and I don't know if I'm in the last act."
But he added:
"I am not going to go quietly into the night! I am going to be tap dancing right up to the end."
October 22, 2013 - 1:26 PM
This is turning into Doc Severinsen Week here at The Buffalo News, what with Doc Severinsen breaking his silence on the book about Johnny Carson, and, today, recalling his days with the roustabout Tommy Dorsey.
In a couple of days Doc will be here, performing with his big band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. But we still have time for more Doc stories. Here is a dandy.
A retired Buffalo police officer Buzz knows -- he says we can call him Sal J. -- says that years ago, he was pulling into the parking lot of the Towne Restaurant and spotted Doc Severinsen walking past. This would have been during Doc's tenure as the Philharmonic's principal pops conductor.
Our pal Sal realized he had a wanted poster in the car that looked a lot like Doc! It wasn't a photo, just a sketch. He went with it.
"I pulled up to him," he told us. "I said, 'Sir, hang on, you look like someone we are looking for.'
"I showed him the wanted poster sketch. It looked like him! He laughed. He said, 'Hahaha, it does look like me!' He was very nice and personable. And ... he signed it!"
Sal laughed, remembering.
"Real gentleman," he said.
An officer and a gentleman! "I'm going to look for the wanted poster this weekend," Sal said. "It was so long ago."
If he finds it, Buzz will post it.
October 17, 2013 - 3:27 PM
Had to pass this along, just had to. It was posted on Facebook by Kiss 98.5 but came to our attention because -- and we love this -- it was "shared" by Les Trent.
Les Trent, of Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame fame, works for CBS's "Inside Edition" and lives and works now in the New York City area but we get the idea he will always be a Buffalonian at heart.
His comment on the picture was: "OMG ... I just teared up a little bit!"
October 10, 2013 - 9:04 AM
From the Brown Booby's human-watching journal:
Awk! Awk! I really must be as stupid as they say.
I make my once-in-a-lifetime human-ing trip up to Buffalo and all I see is the same darn people I've been seeing back home in Florida!
Buffalo Bills fans! They are down in Florida too. I added the Buffalo Bills Fan to my life list when I was still a chick. You can't fly 10 feet without running into one of those.
The Tufted Backwards-Baseball-Cap-Wearing Youth, he is so common!
It's my first time this year for the Tweedy UB Professor. But it's not as if he's exotic or anything. As a matter of fact that professor quoted in the story about me in The Buffalo News, I saw that exact same guy in Florida, looking right at me.
No goal! That is a quaint expression I hear in this Great Lakes town.
Why are rare humans so hard to spot??
October 9, 2013 - 11:02 AM
Last night at the Tralf Music Hall, Family Funktion and the Sitar Jams -- the band of brothers opening for Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band -- won our heart with their closing remark.
One of them -- we think it was the sitar player, Naryan Padmanabha -- told the large and roiling crowd: "Obviously you're going to stick around."
Ha, ha! We love self-deprecating humor and that is a classic. We are now a Family Funktion Fan.
In other words: Obviously we're going to stick around!
October 8, 2013 - 8:04 AM
What do you wear to the Melvin Seals concert? It is a big question and a thing to be concerned about.
Melvin Seals is playing at the Tralf Music Hall tonight.
"It's like Halloween," says one friend. "You feel you should go in costume."
Will you be able to find your Grateful Dead hoodie?
Perhaps you should call in sick to work or cut class and get crafty.
You know how Terrapin Station is always telling you to stop in and say Hi?
This could be the day!