All About Buford is an acoustic pop vocal band from Boston, New York City and Philadelphia who switch seamlessly between a cappella and guitar-backed formats, delivering pure vocals, complex arrangements, and intricate harmonies. The rhythmic background of AAB is the studied vocal percussion (beatboxing) of Del Coy, who also provides the bass line, simultaneously. There are no drum tracks - but for the acoustic instruments (when used), everything you hear is vocal. Performing an eclectic mix of covers and originals, All About Buford has been described as both sexy AND sophisticated. They have performed steadily at venues large and small since their inception in 2000, and were the 2003 Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes champions (runner-up in 2002), also winning a "Best Original Song" award that year. All About Buford does a high-energy, surprising show that gets an audience involved.
"That was AMAZING. I love you guys!"
- Wayne Brady, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", "The Wayne Brady Show"
"The harmonies created by (Malkoff and Soderquist) melt in my ears."
- Christopher Muther, The Boston Globe
"This band has helped to change the acoustic music landscape of the northeast"
- The Middleboro Gazette
"You guys are going to be big, you're going to go down in the history books!"
- Jerry Lawson, The Persuasions
"They rely on creativity of sound rather than loud for loud's sake...The result is so unique you'll be running for the liner notes..."
- Sing Out! Magazine
Amy Malkoff - vocals and guitar
Del Coy - vocal percussion-bass
Tracie Franklin - vocals
Jonathan Shade - vocals
- "Supercar" - CD (2002)
- "Deep" DVD project (2004)
- included on "Harmony Sweepstakes 2003 Finals" CD (2003)
- backup ( and harmony writing ) on Vance Gilbert's "Unfamiliar Moon" (2004)
- included on "A Cappella For The World" (2008)
- various single songs
The Vocal Opposition
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"I am answering a challenge, posed by Amy Malkoff from the band All About Buford. I've chided half a..."I am answering a challenge, posed by Amy Malkoff from the band All About Buford. I've chided half a dozen a cappella shows in print this year, and Malkoff and her comrades were clearly growing weary of my jabs. Most recently, in the Go! column, I mentioned that a United Way benefit added an a cappella band to their bill 'so patrons have an opportunity to step out for popcorn and Junior Mints.'
...Next comes Malkoff's band, All About Buford. By the time the quartet sings a lovely, subtle cover of the Rodgers and Hart classic 'My Funny Valentine,' I'm warming up to them. Their music is a cappella folk, if such a genre exists, topped off with a human beat provided by vocal percussionist Adeel Pandith.
This is not barbershop or high-school choral group. It's quite good. The harmonies created by Amy Malkoff and Taunia Soderquist melt in my ears.
'It's common that people have misconceptions about a cappella,'' Malkoff tells me a few days after the show. ''A cappella isn't really one style of music. That would be like saying every band with a trumpet is a jazz band.'
Yes, I reluctantly confess, I have grown fond of vocal harmonies. I have a newfound respect for many a cappella ensembles. But still, my favorite All About Buford song is ''Rocket Bride,'' a tune the group sings with guitar accompaniment."
"I want my money back."
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"I want my money back." This happened shortly after All About Buford started singing. Here is ho..."I want my money back."
This happened shortly after All About Buford started singing. Here is how the rest of the story went:
Ticket Person - 'I am sorry, do you not like the music?'
Audience member - 'It's not that. It's that this was advertised as an 'a cappella' concert, and this is NOT a cappella.'
T.P. - 'But it is all a cappella, only voices.'
A.M. - 'No it's NOT. You have drum tracks and bass tracks playing.'
T.P. - 'No, Mam. Those are voices you are hearing. All the sounds you are hearing are coming from the singers.'
The woman listened, then listened at the door going into the chapel.
Her last words were 'OH MY GOD!' as she ran back into the chapel.
- Joe Antonioli, director
VT A Cappella Summit
A Cappella Group Headlines Saturday
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â€œWith so much sound using only their voices, All About Buford brings a cappella music into the mod...â€œWith so much sound using only their voices, All About Buford brings a cappella music into the modern mainstream by opening up possibilities that future generations of musicians cannot even begin to imagine they can accomplishâ€
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â€œThey are a motivating reminder of the emotional rewards in searching out others that love what yo...â€œThey are a motivating reminder of the emotional rewards in searching out others that love what you love.â€
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â€œ...if you dig on the soul music, All About Buford can and will put your hands together...Shake th...â€œ...if you dig on the soul music, All About Buford can and will put your hands together...Shake the booty, let it all hang looseâ€
We do a mix of covers and originals. Both run the gamut stylistically, but with emphasis on pop. We can do set lists of any length, and songs tend to be around the usual 3 minutes each.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.