Sounds & Echoes: A Musical Portrait of Buffalo, NY

Sounds & Echoes is a radio and web based project that uses music to explore the cultures, communities and character of cities across the country.

Our first series of recordings, in partnership with WBFO 88.7 FM, spotlights Buffalo, New York. To hear stories from Buffalo, click on the photos below.

Many, many thanks to: WBFO, David Benders, Janet Beveridge Bean, Kelli Bocock Natali, Marty Boratin, Kevin Boyer, Michael Colquhoun, Les Davis, Arrington De Dionyso, Johnny Dowd, Kevin Doyle, Erin McKeown, Macy Favor, Glossary, Anna Kapechuk, Mark Kohan, Martin Henry-Lester, Emile Latimer, Gail Lyons, Jillian Mertz, Sean Mikula, Nickel City Co-op, John Okrent, Anders Parker, Charlie Reedy, Shirley Reeves, Cindy Rico, Lenny Rico, Virginia Ruda, Jim Santella, George Scott, Mark Scott, Sylvia Scott, Jon Spencer, Kara Sweet, Susan Tanner, Mark Wozniak, Mark Vogelzang  

Rock N Roll Hotel
Rock N Roll Hotel

Producer Whitney Henry-Lester introduces us to Susan Tanner and husband Marty Boratin who love music so much they’ve opened their home in Hamburg to touring bands who need a good night’s sleep—and maybe a little breakfast in the morning.  Musical house guests over the years have included Anders Parker, Tyvek, Arrington De Dionyso, Erin McKeown, […]

Blues Run the Game
Blues Run the Game

Buffalo native Jillian Mertz talks about how the songs of Jackson C. Frank, a little known folk musician from her hometown, helped her understand her complex relationship with her father, magician Ray Mertz.

Mr. Polka Radio
Mr. Polka Radio

Legendary radio broadcaster Stan “Stas” Jasinski was a fixture of Buffalo’s Polish community for decades before his passing in 2005.  His longtime co-host, Mark Wozniak is joined by writer/musician Mark Kohan, retired WBFO News Director Mark Scott and his mother Sylvia Scott as they remember the man behind the title: Mr. Polka Radio.

Gail & Emile
Gail & Emile

In the 1970′s, dancer Gail Lyons and drummer Emile Latimer discovered love in Buffalo, New York through West African music.  After all these years, they find that the beat still goes on.

Casa Rico
Casa Rico

Lenny Rico and wife Cindy talk about inheriting the longest running Italian-American radio show from Lenny’s parents, Emelino and Mary Rico.  Their show, Casa Rico is the heir to Neapolitan Serenade that began broadcasting to Buffalo in 1935.

Colored Musicians Club
Colored Musicians Club

The Colored Musicians Club is one of Buffalo’s oldest music venues. Jazz giants from Count Basie to Billie Holiday played there, but even with the grandeur of its star-studded guest list the club remains as down home and friendly as a backyard barbecue.  Listen as club regulars Les Davis, Charlie Reedy, Shirley Reeves and George […]

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