He’s a classically trained pianist, who’s become a world traveling blues master when it comes to his style.
His roots run deep in in the music world, and even to Talladega, where music aficionado and friend Tommy Moorehead has become pals with the music master.
More importantly, Buzzard will make a one performance visit to Talladega Thursday, Jun 19 at The Ritz Theatre at 7 p.m.
Moorehead has witnessed Buzzard’s magic on the keyboard many times, here and in New Orleans, and has rave reviews about the musician’s talents and performances.
“He is amazing to hear and to watch play,” Moorehead said.
In addition to all that, Buzzard is a vocalist among vocalists for the blues, Moorehead said, with a delivery that enhances the deep down blues he prefers.
Matter of fact, Buzzard’s vocal style highly resembles that of all time blues master Louis Armstrong.
He’s also know to talk to his audiences and the music he plays, interacting with them as he would an old friend.
“His musical style is a boogie woogie blues style, a little like Jerry Lee,” Moorehead said.
Ritz Theatre executive director George Culver said he, too, is looking forward to the visit from Buzzard and the appeal he will have for the Ritz Theatre audience.
“People who really love music will just have to come hear him,” Culver said. “He is really an entire package of musical talent and of a caliber many probably haven’t had the opportunity to experience first-hand.”
Some of Buzzard’s regular New Orleans gigs are at the Balcony Music Club on Decatur Street, and he’s also played at Pos Jefes and Old Point Bar.
Buzzard’s music reviewers comment that his performances span the entire spectrum from “dark hoodoo blues musings” to good time rollicking boogie fuelled piano romps that never fail to get people “stompin’ and shakin’ that thang.”
Buzzard is described as “a fascinating and versatile songwriter who also enjoys interpreting classic rhythm and blues, along with jazz and popular tunes while giving them his own fresh and unique treatment. His playing features barrelhouse, boogie, and stride piano stylings dripping with New Orleans funk and oozing with tantalizing improvisation which ranges from delicate and moody to wild and ecstatic.”
Buzzard was the winner of the Jazz/Blues Category for the World Music awards held in 2011.
Buzzard plays up to 200 shows per year at bars, clubs and festivals around the globe.
His rich mesmerizing voice is also described as one that can “make the ladies sigh and grown men cry and accompanies himself with dazzling boogie and blazing stride style piano.”
He performs both in a solo format and with his band. His latest two albums have been featured on ABC’s radio national album of the week, and Buzzard was the winner of an EWorld music award in the jazz blues category in 2011.