time Grammy nominee to be inducted
into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.
Szymczak of West Seneca will be among the 2012 inductees into the
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame this October.
When the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, Tadj thought
being a musician would be a great way to meet girls.
After almost 45 years in the music business, bass player, vocalist,
writer, promoter, equipment manager, booking agent, art director,
publicist, accountant, and producer, are just some of the hats Tadj
Szymczak wears in being a musician.
Staring with forming neighborhood garage bands in south Cheektowaga
and purchasing his first amp on credit from Art Kubera, Tadj Szymczaks
professional music career started 1969-playing weekly at CYO and
High School dances from Wellsville to Wilson, through bookings from
Connie Stepawanys agency Great Sounds in Music.
He took to the road In the early 70s gigging 6 to 7 nights
a week with the Gene Ferrari Show opening for stars such as David
Brenner and dinning with Engelbert Humperdinck.
In 1975 Tadj signed with Capitol records Canadian band, Edward Bear,
supporting their Billboard hit, Last Song throughout
most of Canada.
He returned to Buffalo in 1977 to marry high school sweetheart and
continued playing in local lounge bands and a rock band which for
a short time became a house band at McVans including a performance
with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Joseph Wincence
In the late 70s Tadj began performing with The New York Transfer.one
of WNYs most prolific high society, all occasion band and also began
working at Edwins Music Store as an equipment tech, retail
sales and bass and guitar instruction.
It was also in the late 70s he persuaded friend Keith Gregor,
to develop the concept of a multiple rehearsal facility which became
known as the Music Mall
Soon a collaboration with Mike Mazur co-writing parts of his the
Blue Collar City record and then band, which had 2 songs on both
97 rock Buffalo Rocks and 103 WPHD Home Grown
Vol. 3 albums.
During this time he worked with the rhythm section of the Alexanders
HS Jazz ensemble.
In the mid 1980s Tadj was a founding member of the classic
rock bands Phil & the Spectors and the New York Rockets.
Around 1986 he was asked to joined the club group Joyryde and received
3 Top 40 Bass Player Awards including Best Bass player in 1987
After a brief time with all occasion groups KB Express & Live
Wire, Tadj in 1996, put playing in bands on hiatus.
That ended in 2001 when asked to be a member of Jerry Darlak &
The Buffalo Touch to play locally and perform at music festivals
through the United States.
In 2003 Tadj guided the Buffalo Touch towards the first of their
three Grammy nominations with and along the band, has received two
proclamations from Erie County legislators and a Citizens of the
Besides raising a family of two children Karen & Steven, with
his wife of 35 years Marcia, the last 11 years has been spent on
the committee of Owl Family picnic charity fund raiser which garnishes
thousands of dollars for groups like Helping Hands, Mercy Flight,
Camp Good Days and Saint Adalberts Wellness Center.
During the holiday season he donates time to perform Kolendy, Polish
Christmas carols for the public, shut-ins and senior centers
through western New York.
Along with owning a successful Sound System & Karaoke Show company,
Tadj occasionally fills in with other acts such as the Diva Show
Band and Live Wire.
He also continues to record and performing locally and nationally
with the Buffalo Touch, Tadj embraces the challenge of introducing
a Polka band to non-ethnic venues such as Nietzsche's, the Lafayette
Tap Room, Sportsmens Tavern, The Taste of Buffalo and the
The formal Induction Gala for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame will
be held Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at the Tralf Music Hall in the
Buffalo Theater District.
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