Katy Miner Quintet

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The Katy Miner Quintet established itself on the jazz club scene in Western New York at clubs like the Roycroft Inn, Lebros, Coco’s, Merge, Milos, Bacchus, Club Mezza, Saigon Café, Road Less Traveled, 189, Bijou Grille, Elmwood Lounge, Anchor Bar (Amherst), Embers at Ramada, Pausa, Kleinhans’ Mary Seaton Room, as well as the Colored Musicians Club Jazz Festival, the East Aurora Music Festival, the Lewiston Jazz Festival, and the Olcott Jazz festival, to name a few.

Katy has a unique ability to sing many different styles, and her book features music made popular by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Monheit, Susie Thorne, and Blossom Dearie, to name just a few. Her music ranges from bebop, to light jazz, to pop, and even R&B.

Whether it’s an intimate evening of soft jazz, or a performance that raises the roof, Katy, along with pianist, Harry Graser, bassist, Paul Zapalowski, drummer, Tom Kasperek, and trombonist/arranger, Phil Sims, delivers an authentic style with its own unique sound.

The Players:

Harry Graser (piano) has quickly established himself as one of Buffalo’s top jazz pianists.He performs as both a leader and a sideman in numerous groups spanning genres from chamber classical to experimental electronic. He has performed for several years at the Northwest (Lewiston) Jazz Festival as well as the Queen City Jazz Festival. Harry enjoys composing, arranging, and transcribing music. He has studied classical piano with Dr. Emily Boyce, jazz piano with Bobby Jones, and percussion with several BPO members. Harry is director of music at Crossroads Lutheran Church in Amherst.

Tom Kasperek (drums), a native of Orchard Park, NY performed with the Buffalo State College Jazz Ensemble and toured Europe with that group in the early 1980’s. From there, Tom went on to a 16-year stint as featured drummer with the world famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, directed by legendary trombonist, Buddy Morrow. Tom toured the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan with the Dorsey band.

After leaving the Dorsey band, Tom became the drummer and bandleader on the famous Mississippi Queen riverboat, sailing out of New Orleans. Eventually, Tom relocated his family back in Western New York. Tom has become the first call swing and jazz drummer in the area and performs with a wide variety of bands, in styles from trad-jazz to bebop.

Phil Sims (trombone) Buffalo-based trombonist and composer, Phil Sims toured extensively as lead trombonist and arranger for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Phil has arranged dozens of jazz, pop, Latin, and rock pieces that have been performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, including his “Grateful Dead Tribute” show. His big band, “The Buffalo Brass” has received great critical acclaim. Currently, Phil enjoys working with over a dozen bands of different styles, most notably the Cabaret Big Band and Katy Miner Quintet, both featuring stellar vocalist, Katy Miner. Over the past 40 years, Phil has performed with Mel Lewis, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Jack McDuff, and Mel Torme, to name a few, and has been a guest soloist with Doc Severinson and the BPO.

Paul Zapalowski (bass) is a highly sought after classical and jazz bassist in Western New York. He earned his BFA (cum laude) from State University of New York at Buffalo. His musical experience covers the classical, jazz, pop, big band and traditional genres.

Performing regularly with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony, he has also made guest appearances with several other major orchestras. Paul has toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Scandinavia with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Woody Herman Big Band. As staff musician for several cruise lines, Paul has circumnavigated the world visiting 46 countries. Paul has also had the privilege of accompanying many major artists including Doc Severinsen, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson, Barney Kessel and Joe Pass.

Currently, Paul is a 31 year member of the Barroom Buzzards, who were inducted as an ensemble into Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2002. He is a lecturer of applied Bass Studies at SUNY Buffalo State.