Buffalo Music Hall of Fame class of 2022 has local connection

Submitted Photo Tanya Diona has sung behind renowned artists who include Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, BeBe Winans, Beyonce, Boyz II Men, Carrie Underwood, Deborah Harry, Dionne Warwick, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder and Tim McGraw.

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Class of 2022 has been announced and includes a Chautauqua County homeowner.

The inductees will officially enter the “Hall of Fame” during the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that will take place at Seneca One Tower on Oct. 12, and a Live Concert performance on October 13, 2022 at The Cove Seafood & Banquets.

The class includes Tanya Diona, who has ties locally. Diona is a recording artist, songwriter, actress, vocal producer, and award-winning vocalist. Her credits include Showtime at the Apollo, NBC’s The Singing Bee, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, ABC’s Neighborhood Ball, Europe’s Save the World Awards, Fox’s American Idol, the Grammy Awards, and the Oscars. She has sung behind renowned artists like Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, BeBe Winans, Beyonce, Boyz II Men, Carrie Underwood, Deborah Harry, Dionne Warwick, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, Tim McGraw.

Other inductees include:

¯ Darrell Nutt, the “Go-to” drummer for touring, recording and sampling with over 110 Spotify Discography tracks to his name.

¯ Robby Takac, Bass player and one of the founding members of international recording artists, The Goo Goo Dolls.

¯ The Dooleys, a band whose three-part harmony and acoustic guitars became a regional draw. They appeared on the bill at the “No Greater Love” tribute to American and British hostages in Washington DC which was broadcast live worldwide. Their mission of community service includes donating their time to Musicians for Kids, Kids escaping drugs and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

¯ George Caldwell, a 1996 Grammy winning Pianist, He has recorded, performed and conducted around the world in major jazz festivals. He has shared the stage with internationally-known singers and band leaders including The Duke Ellington Orchestra.

¯ James “Jim” Sweet, who is most recognized for his solid bass playing and in the pocket guitar licks. His musical endeavors include: The Stone Country Band, The Ghost Riders, The Twang Gang, Doug Yeomans “Hero’s and Friends” He is a resident performer at the legendary Sportsmen’s Tavern.

¯ Jim Pendolino, who has worked with The Allman Brothers Band, Peter Gabriel, REM, The Hanson Brothers, The Spice Girls, Madonna, Cher, The Radio City Rockettes, Ziegfield Follies, Fox TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Disney on Ice, The Monkees and Journey.

¯ Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc., a globally acclaimed recording studio and music service considered to be America’s premier recording service for live performance groups. Their list of musical icons that have recorded in their studio include The Goo Goo Dolls, Rick James, Spyro Gyra, Roy Clark, Dizzy Gillespie,10,000 Maniacs, Richie Havens, Ginger Baker, Denny Laine, Kurt Vonequet, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and countless others.

¯ Nolan Bruce Allen, known as New York’s King of Western Swing for his true and genuine Western Swing style is a Lifetime Member of the Academy of Western Artists and a Lifetime Member of The International Western Music Association; Richard Americo Bono, a band leader and trumpet player noted for his fine leads and exceptional high register.

¯ Sujeet Desai is an internationally known multi-instrumental musician born with Down syndrome. He is winner of President’s awards of three countries and featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, aired on National TV shows including “the View”. “20/20”, “Oprah Winfrey.”

¯ Terrie George, a versatile and powerful vocalist who has shared the stage with Buffalo Music Hall of Fame musicians including Doug Yeomans, Billy McEwen, Barbara St Clair, Joe Madison, Mike Caputy, Dolly Durante, Jesse Galante, The Scinta’s, and countless others; Will Schulmeister, a multi award winning Western New York drummer – originator of the popular Xerstick, a weighted Drumstick.


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