Buford Powers

Buford Powers


A big, warm baritone sound that brings back the nostalgia of the big band era, and Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, and Johnny Hartman - a sound you'll want to take home with you.


Buford Powers grew up in the community of Oakland, California with the sound of Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Gospel around him. Listening to such local standouts as Albert King, Lou Rawls, and Charles Brown, he developed a love for a broad range of male vocal stylings to go with his fondness for instrumental jazz. He soon found, through his singing with church choirs, that he too could accomplish an evocative connection with an audience. Upon discovering straight-ahead jazz at the age of 14, he then moved on to attending major festivals and shows, which he continued to do for the next four decades. Later, in the middle '70s, Buford was the sole proprietor of a nightclub in Oakland, which weekly featured local as well as international musicians. This gave him many opportunities to develop his sound.

Buford later immersed himself even more deeply into the music world, and began honing his style more seriously. This is when the voices of Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock, and Billy Eckstein piqued his interest. As more and more people came to hear Buford, they would compare him to these great legends. The road, it seemed, became clear; to carry the torch, and fill the void that these great baritones left behind.

In the '90s, Buford sought out mentors who would help him perfect his unique sound, finding along the way Mark Murphy, Kenny Washington, and Faye Carol. During this time he also began to perform at select venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, which in turn increased his popularity. He has been described by a local jazz DJ as "the Bay Area's most romantic singer." Buford's local demand led to the production of his first release in 2004, entitled "Too Good To Be True." This debut immediately found a home on KCSM, the Bay Area's only major 24-hour jazz station, which then led to a series of interviews.

This balladeer will always be recognizable because of the long-established tradition he continues. It is undeniable that this beautiful talent will continue to produce some of the finest romantic music that the ear might ever hear. A million-dollar voice, whispering of soft romance, sung to you by the velvety smooth baritone sound of Buford Powers.


Lush Life

Written By: Billy Strayhorn

I used to visit all the very gay places
Those come what may places
Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life
To get the feel of life...
From jazz and cocktails.

The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
With distant gay traces
That used to be there you could see where theyd been washed away
By too many through the day...
Twelve oclock tales.

Then you came along with your siren of song
To tempt me to madness!
I thought for a while that your poignant smile was tinged with the sadness
Of a great love for me.

Ah yes! I was wrong...
I was wrong.

Life is lonely again,
And only last year everything seemed so sure.
Now life is awful again,
A troughful of hearts could only be a bore.
A week in paris will ease the bite of it,
All I care is to smile in spite of it.

I'll forget you, I will
While yet you are still burning inside my brain.
Romance is mush,
Stifling those who strive.
Ill live a lush life in some small dive...
And there Ill be, while I rot
With the rest of those whose lives are lonely, too..

Someone Like You

Written By: Van Morrison

I've been searching a long time
For someone exactly like you
I've been travelling all around the world
Waiting for you to come through.
Someone like you makes it
All worth while
Someone like you keeps
Me satisfied. Someone exactly
Like you.
I've been travellin' a hard road
Lookin' for someone exactly like you
I've been carryin' my heavy load
Waiting for the light to come
Shining through.
Someone like you makes it
All worth while
Someone like you keeps
Me satisfied. Someone exactly
Like you.

I've been doin' some soul searching
To find out where you're at
I've been up and down the highway
In all kinds of foreign lands
Someone like you... [etc.]

I've been all around the world
Marching to the beat of a different
But just lately I have
The best is yet to come.
Someone like you


Too Good To Be True, 2003. Eclectic, 2008

Set List

Ain't Misbehavin'
Almost Like Being In Love
Betcha by Golly Wow
Beyond The Sea
Bidin' My Time
Bluz 4 Eyes
Don't Let Go
Don't You Know I Care?
Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor
A Dream Come True
For the Want of a Kiss
Had You Been Around
I Just Dropped By To Say Hello
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Isn't It Romantic
I Thought About You
It Was A Very Good Year
I Wish You Love
Lush Life
Moon River
The More I See You
My One And Only Love
N'awleans Shuffle (The Katrina Story)
Once in a While
One For My Baby
Room With a View of the Blues
Save Your Love For Me
Sentimental Reasons
A Sleepin' Bee
Someone Like You
Sophisticated Lady
T'ain't No Need
That's All
What Do I Owe Her?
When Sunny Gets Blue
You're Too Good to be True