Jackie Jocko, Buffalo's Piano Man, Dies at 90

Piano player at EB Green's for more than two decades

Tom Puckett
August 08, 2019 - 2:39 pm

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Jackie Jocko, beloved Buffalo music man, has died at the age of 90. He retired in 2016 after more than 20 years as piano player at EB Green's Steakhouse at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

Jocko also made records and played Birdland jazz club in New York City. Howard Goldman considered Jocko his mentor. He says Jocko was a perfect fit at EB Green's or for that matter anywhere. "EB Green's was a tremendous carryover of the old style lounge. The beauty of EB Green's was it was in one of the big hotels downtown," says Goldman. "Anybody could be there any given night. If someone famous was in town for their own performances, there would be a good chance they'd be staying at the Hyatt or they'd go just to see Jocko."

Goldman was not just well known here. "He was well known for his long careers including lounges in Las Vegas as well," says Goldman. "They were all people to Jocko, and they all felt the same sense of ownership and investment in Jocko. He made them feel as though they were special to him and they were." Goldman notes Jocko had nicknames for regulars at EB Green's.

Jocko was in declining health, and died Thursday at Brothers of Mercy in Clarence. 




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