JMay Productions

PO Box 1471

Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 481-5735


Ladies First Jazz

Mark the date!


Buffalo Dolls & Ladies First Jazz 10 piece

Christmas Show 

Sunday December 19

Westfalls Center for the Arts


1863 Davis Rd Westfalls NY 716-570-6520


Reserve your seats today! 




March 6, 2022

1:00 - 3:00

Women's History Month Celebtration

Partial Proceeds to Zonta Buffalo

20th Anniversary of Ladies First Jazz Big Band

Ladies First Jazz Band 

Vocalist Donna Kerr

Spoken Word Verniece Turner

$20 presale    $25 day of show



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Saturday August 21

7:00pm  $20



 The Ladies First Jazz 10 Piece Big Band




Saturday July 24


Williamsville Train Depot

86 Long St. Williamsville, NY



Ladies First Jazz Drummer Peggy Scalzo in the spotlight:

I'm honored to have been selected as the current SEN (Sabian Education Network) "Featured Teacher"! Unfortunately you have to be a member of SEN and log in to actually see the post (which really means only drum teachers see it!), but here's some pictures of what it looks like. Thank you Sabian (& Joe Bergamini)!



                 It is with much sadness that we share the news of the loss of                       Trumpeter Carol Svensen on October 11, 2020,  who was a long time member of Ladies First Jazz.  She will be greatly missed.


We are deeply saddened by the loss of our band member, trumpeter,

Kristina Gailie Bordeleau. 

She lost her courageous battle with cancer

on Wednesday December 4th. 2019 




LADIES FIRST JAZZ BIG BAND AWARDED: Best jazz Big Band, Best Jazz Large Ensemble Most Memorable Jazz Performance (with the Buffalo Dolls), from the 2019 5th Annual JazzBuffaloPoll.  Thank you Buffalo we are honored!  


The Ladies First Big Band and Ladies First Combo, created by award-winning bassist Jennifer May, are all-female jazz groups based in the Western NY area. Both the Big Band and the Combo have been awarded the titles of "Buffalo's Best Big Band" and "Buffalo's Best Small Jazz Group", respectively, by the Buffalo Music Awards (sponsored by Nightlife Magazine). Additionally, both groups have been nominated for Artvoice's Best of Buffalo Awards numerous times as well as the  JazzBuffalo Awards.


The Big Band and Combo have been seen performing everywhere from Jamestown Community College to The Riviera Theater, The M&T Noontime Concert Series, The Tralf Music Hall, The Chautauqua Amphitheater and many more locations.

The Big Band...

The Ladies First Big Band is a 16-pc. all-female group formed by bassist Jennifer May. The band had its roots in a six piece ensemble started in 1994.


In the fall  of 2002, Jennifer expanded this 6-pc group into a full-sized Big Band for a show she was producing in celebration of Women's History Month. The show, "An All-Female Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald," was performed in 2003 at Allen Hall on the University of Buffalo South Campus and was very well-received. The Band has been performing together ever since.


Since that first appearance, the Ladies First Big Band has celebrated Women's History Month every year with a new production of "Women of Jazz by Women of Jazz"; a tribute to female jazz performers. The band has performed everywhere from Jamestown to Rochester, and concert venues ranging from the Tralf Music Hall and Riviera Theatre, to the M&T Noontime Summer Concert Series, Canal Fest, and Taste of Buffalo.


The musicians in the Ladies First Big Band are based in the Western New York area, and many of them perform in other local bands. The group rehearses every Sunday at the Newman Center near the UB North Campus.  Their debut CD, Ladies First Live at the Tralf was released in 2009.

The Combo...

The Ladies First Combo consists of a subset of performers from the Big Band. The flexible sizing of the group, as small as a trio or as large as a 6-peice, allows the Combo to perform at events not suited for the Big Band.



The Combo has performed at venues such as Canalside, M&T Plaza;  Queen CIty Jazz Festival, Elmwood Ave Festival of the Arts, Montante Center;  Taste of Buffalo, etc.They have been the recipients of the Buffalo Music Award for "Best Jazz Combo" three times. 

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