Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
— Plato

Kristen Smigielski is a vocalist currently based in Buffalo, NY. She sings a diverse range of music, from Jazz and Pop, to Classical and Contemporary. She completed her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University at Buffalo, having received both the Baird and Opera Scholarships. Additionally, she studied choir conducting, and received a scholarship to attend the Harold Rosenbaum International Choir Conducting Institute. Kristen was nominated for 2018 JazzBuffalo Rising Star Jazz Artist of the Year, and Jazz Female Vocalist of the Year. She was featured in a Fashion Friday article for the Buffalo News in May, 2019. She has taught voice and piano privately for years, and was also a Teaching Assistant in Voice with the Music Department at Buffalo State College. Kristen is pursuing her second graduate degree, a Master of Science in Education, at Buffalo State College. She is a member of the JazzBuffalo Advisory Council, and performs in many local bands, as well as her own Jazz combo. The Kristen Smigielski Combo puts their own spin on the classic Jazz standards, bringing old music to a new generation. Together they perform at many events, festivals, galas, venues, and weddings, including:

Alchemy Wine & Beer, Allentown First Fridays, Angelica Tea Room, Ashker’s, Becker Brewing Company, Becker Farms MainStage, The Broadway Market, Buffalo Botanical Gardens-Tasting Tuesday’s event, The Buffalo Club-Kevin Guest House Gala-Affaire of the Heart, Buffalo Distilling Company, Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo Porchfest, Buffalo Riverworks-Music is Art Festival, The Burchfield Penney Art Center-M & T Bank 2nd Fridays, Cafféology, Carnegie Art Center, The Cass Project, The Chandelier Bar at Salvatore’s, D’Avolio’s, Duende at Silo City, East Aurora Music Fest, East Aurora Annual Carolcade, East Aurora Street Festival, Elderwood in Williamsville Nursing Home, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Conservancy-Graycliff Market, Hallwall’s, The Historic Colored Musician’s Club of Buffalo-Jazz Jam, Holiday Valley Ski Resort, InnBuffalo-Elmwood Village Association private member event, The Irishman Pub and Eatery-including Valentine’s Brunch, Kevin Guest House Anniversary celebration, Kleinhans Music Hall-The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Community Spotlight, Larkin Square-Food Truck Tuesday’s, Mambrino King, Mangia Ristorante & Caffe, The Mansion at Knox Farm State Park-Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, Merge, Milo’s, Mr. Goodbar-Monthly Jazz Residency, Music on Main Festival, The Naval Park Ship n Shore Annual Fundraiser, Nietzsche’s-Jazz Happy Hour, Nietzsche’s JazzFest, The 9th Ward at Babeville, Northwest Jazz Festival, Notting Hill Farm, Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Patina 250, Pausa Art House, Penny Lane Café, Pizza Plant, Raclettes, Riley Street Station-including Oktoberfest Festival, Rookies Sports Bar, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Roycroft Campus-Summer Art Show, The Roycroft Inn-Live Music Thursdays, Spring Lake Winery-Mother’s Day Event, Stamps the Bar, SunCliff on the Lake-Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party, Taste, Tavern at Windsor Park, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site-Victorian Christmas event, The Terrace at Delaware Park-including Jazz Brunch Sundays & Jazz and Cocktail Nights, UB Anderson Art Gallery, Wine on Hertel, Yoshi, 42 North Brewing Company, and 189 East Aurora.

“She has a great selection from The Great American Songbook…she has a wonderful pianist with her and they [are] absolutely in sync.” -George Barry Moore, Jazz Pianist 5/14/2019

“…a stellar band fronted by a superb jazz vocalist!” -Babeville 12/24/2018

A Jazz Ensemble with young and energetic talent. One of the fastest up-and-coming Jazz groups in Western New York…” -Carnegie Art Center 12/10/2018

…very talented local jazz singer.” -Michael Ross Nugent, Jazz Musician 10/30/2018

“Great Night Of Music At The Carnegie Art Center With The Amazing Kristen Smigielski…And Her Incredible Band!!!!” -Jack Zuff, JazzBuffalo photographer 10/26/2018

“Kristen is a leader and driving force in the building of a name and reputation for the band. This group has got so much talent [and] has a rich sound.” -Carnegie Art Center 10/24/2018

“…her work is outstanding!” -Rudy Dean, Jazz Musician 10/12/2018

“…accomplished vocalist Kristen Smigielski” - The Amherst Bee 8/15/2018

“Nice outing for a young talented singer in Greater Buffalo! A refreshing voice in jazz. Marvelous! Kristen Smigielski at the East Aurora Music Festival. Encourage our rising stars jazz fans and JazzBuffalo community!” -Tony Zambito, President of JazzBuffalo 6/9/2018