Buyu Ambroise was born in Haiti and has been residing in New York since his childhood where he first experienced the saxophone as a high school student in Brooklyn during the 1970s, a fertile period for both Haitian music and American Jazz. His passion for Jazz music led him to study with Jazz legends such as Frank Foster, Jimmy Owens, and John Lewis. Buyu has performed in the NYC music scene with various konpa and jazz bands for over 20 years. Despite a long absence from his homeland, Buyu’s roots in Haitian culture remain strong, he draws from the folkloric repertoire of Haitian music, and has created a fruitful combination of traditional Afro-Haitian beats with the smooth improvisational grooves of enticing bass lines & melodic brass solos. He has released 3 albums Blues in Red (2004), Marasa (2006) and Jazzpora (2014) which features Cuban pianist Axel Laugart, bassist Yunior Terry; percussionist Markus Schwartz; singer Melanie Charles, and trumpeter Jean Caze. Buyu is currently working on a 4th recording project exploring the compositions of Haitian classical composer Frantz Casseus.
PAPJAZZ is happy to welcome once again this true kreol jazz believer!
January 22 @ 18:00
– 7:00 pm