Welcome to the Fred Buda Quintet website
This is a unique Jazz ensemble featuring drums, piano, saxophone and two bassists - "The 2 Bass Hit". This group of players came together as the result of a mistake. I had booked a gig for jazz quartet and had inadvertently hired two bass payers for the same night. Since I had to pay them both I asked them both to play. Marshall Wood would play acoustic bass and David Buda would play bass guitar. The result was a revelation to us all.
I was hearing two great players on two very different bass instruments who were instantly of the same mind, complimenting each other and the music. As a Jazz drummer, I had never felt so comfortable in a time pocket.
During my 37 years as the drummer with the Boston Pops Orchestra, I was also privileged to play with the legendary Herb Pomeroy Jazz Orchestra. Mike Monaghan was a member of Herb's powerhouse saxophone section. He's been a regular player himself with the Boston Pops for thirty years, and his versatility as jazz saxophonist and woodwind doubler has made him one of the most in-demand player in Boston. He has played with everyone from Anita O'Day to Buckwheat Zydeco, John Williams to John Mellencamp.
Ben Cook is one of the smartest and most creative musicians I have ever played with. His jazz playing is always fresh and unpredictable, and his intuitive musical common sense makes him perfect for a rhythm section with two bass players.
Marshall Wood has been THE consummate jazz bass player on the Boston scene forever. A time machine with s velvet touch, he has provided the pulse for jazz players from Ruby Braff to Monty Alexander. He is an artist as a soloist and a sensitive colleague as an accompanist. Marshall is currently the bassist for the immortal Tony Bennett.
David Buda is, I am proud to say, one of the finest and most creative electric bassists in the world today. His technical and musical "virtuoso chops" are mind boggling, and he always surprises with his great choices of notes, time, and space.

A new special treat has been added to the quintet - the jazz vocal stylings of Donna Byrne. Donna grew up with music in her blood. Encouraged by her father to sing and perform at the age of two, she first emerged as a professional singer on Cape Cod 25 years ago, where her talents caught the eye and encouragement of famed pianist Dave McKenna. After a hiatus to raise her three children, Donna exploded back onto the scene with four critically-acclaimed CDs. Donna's powerful voice, energetic personality, and life experiences give her music an almost spiritual feel, a soft and subtle charge which has brought admiration from the most novice of jazz fans to Tony Bennett.