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The Buffalo Jazz Octet is large enough to be hovering on the edge of big-band territory, but the group is small enough to retain the flexibility and inventive spirit of a tight ensemble. That may be because the octet is a western New York jazz supergroup, featuring pianist Michael McNeill, bassist Brian DeJesus, John Bacon on drums, Tim Clarke on trumpet, trombonist Phil Sims, and the saxophone trio of Steve Baczkowski, Nelson Rivera, and Kelly Bucheger. It all comes together under the baton of conductor Brendan Fitzgerald.

The Buffalo Jazz Octet plays Sunday, November 4, 8 p.m. at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Avenue. $10 donation. 271-3354. bopshop.com; buffalojazzoctet.com

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