Chicago native, Dr. Victor A. Buford, Ph.D., QMHP, nicknamed “Bass Angel of Love – Prince of Mercy”, is an accomplished bass player whose smooth, soulful, melodic sound makes his bass a strong, viable instrument which has the ability to reach various genres.
Favorite genres: Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Classical, Rock, Blues, East Indian, Afro-Cuban, African, and World Music.
Musical Influences: Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly and the Family Stone, Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Louis Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Louis Armstrong.
Instruments: Bass, Moog Bass, Piccolo Bass, Oboe, English Horn, Kalimba and Kora.
Dr. Buford's musical training originated when he learned how to play bass at an early age. Since picking up the bass, Dr. Buford gained a variety of experience playing assorted styles of Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Classical, Rock, Blues, East Indian, Afro-Cuban, African and World Music. He infused these elements into his mode of playing bass, focusing on all of his God given skills. It was at Chicago Vocational High School (CVS) in Chicago, IL, that Dr. Buford honed his bass skills and received training on two additional instruments: Oboe and English Horn. He was a member of the award winning Chicago Vocational Orchestra and was also a member of the marching band and the symphonic band at Mississippi Valley State University, in Itta Bena, MS.
Dr. Buford earned a BA Degree in Political Science from Chicago State University; a MA Degree in Intercultural Studies from Governors State University and a Ph.D. in Human Services from Walden University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. by way of Nu Delta Chapter. He is also a member of the Prince Hall Affiliation Masons, North Star Lodge, Royal Arch, Royal and Select, Knights Templar, 32nd Degree, and the Shriners.
Dr. Buford has entertained at various venues amassing a number of fans and fine-tuning his unique sound. Throughout the years, Dr. Buford performed with local bands as well as artists throughout the U.S. He opened for legendary acts such as The Manhattans, Confunkshun and Alicia Myers.
Dr. Buford's CD "You Saved Me" explores a diverse blend of instrumentals. This project resonates deeply with who he is as an artist and will allow him to more fully express his talents and experience across a variety of genres including: Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Classical, Rock, Blues, East Indian, Afro-Cuban, African and World Music with his unique bass style.
BASS ANGEL OF LOVE - PRINCE OF MERCY
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