One of the most exciting and swingest bands in the region will make their first appearance at Jazz at Chandlerville. The band’s unique style of Western Swing has won them fans throughout WNY and the Northeast Region. Don’t miss an evening of foot-stomping music.
The Skiffle Minstrels is a Western Swing dance band. Over the last 15 years they have received multiple popularity and “best of” awards from local publications and music organizations, including “Best Band of 2018” from the Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation. They have played everywhere in the Buffalo, NY area from The Colored Musicians Club to Nietzsches – as well as venues and festivals in Central NY, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Their monthly Western Swing Happy Hour at the Sportsmens Tavern is now in its second decade.
The music is a fun, upbeat mixture of country, jazz and blues. The band features the tunes of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Hank Williams, The Boogie Woogie of Louis Jordan, as well as big band tunes with a country kick from Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.
The current lineup includes: Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Jim Whitford on Steel Guitar, multi-instrumentalist Dave Mussen on Clarinet, Midwest Fiddler Chris Jones, veteran jazz and polka drummer Bill Hutchison and original members Phil Knoerzer on guitar and leader Paul Todaro on Upright Bass.