Jim Buennig Quartet 3/31
March 31, 2019 11:00 AM until March 31, 2019 02:00 PM
A native of Geneseo, Illinois, Jim Buennig [BYOO-nig] is a saxophonist, educator, composer, and recording artist based in Austin, TX specializing in a range of musical styles with his main focus being jazz. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Iowa. He has served as a Teaching Assistant at The University of Iowa and as the director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Jazz Band, an auditioned group of middle and high school students from the Davenport, IA area sponsored by the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society. Jim relocated to Austin from Iowa City in the summer of 2017 and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance while serving as an Assistant Instructor in the Jazz Studies department of the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. He also maintains a private saxophone studio in the greater Austin area.
In March 2017, Buennig released It’s Like This, his self-produced debut studio album. The album consists entirely of original compositions and has received wide critical acclaim. Hobart Taylor of Orange County Public Radio (Irvine, CA) called Buennig’s playing “relaxed, not derivative or chasing fashion, and perpetually in the groove.”
In July of 2017, the Jim Buennig Quintet recorded a live EP entitled Live at the Life. This recording documented his Iowa band's final performance before Buennig relocated to Austin, TX and it was released on December 1, 2017.
Buennig and his groups play extensively throughout Texas and the midwest and have made appearances at the Iowa City Jazz Festival and the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival. Buennig has also performed with the Steve Hawk Jazz Orchestra, New Original Works Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Fury, Boss Street Brass Band, Johnson County Landmark, Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra, the Peoria Heritage Ensemble, and numerous cover bands throughout Texas, Iowa, and Illinois, including a performance at Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL).
Jim's major influences include Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett, Vincent Herring, Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter, and Tom Harrell.