By Harold McAleer
Original Dixieland One Step
By Harold McAleer
Original Dixieland One Step
Scott Hamilton returned to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at Chan’s Jazz & Blues Club with the Gray Sargent Trio featuring 2 members of Tony Bennett’s band: the amazing Gray Sargent on guitar, the incredible Marshall Wood on bass and Boston Pop’s Jim Gwinn on drums.
Scott Hamilton with Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood and Jim Gwynn With Guest Vocalist Donna Byrne
November 26, 2017 at Chan’s in Woonsocket, RI
By Bill Falk
pictures by Eric Falk
This was a match made in heaven! The incomparable Scott Hamilton on tenor sax, Gray Sargent on guitar, Marshall Wood on bass and Jim Gwynn on drums.
This is one of the finest groups I’ve ever seen or heard. They blended perfectly to produce marvelous swinging jazz that kept the sellout crowd enthralled all night. Everything they played was a hit from the time they opened with Chinatown My Chinatown.
Scott was at his best – which means he was phenomenal. My late wife Grace always said that he was the only one who could produce such an unbelievable sound. He smiled all night – meaning he enjoyed working with the trio behind him. I believe he is the greatest jazz tenor sax man ever whether he is soloing, blending in with the group or backing up a singer.
Gray Sargent on guitar soloed excellently. Plus, he coordinated with Marshall Wood on bass beautifully. I like it when Gray blasts away on his guitar. Marshall Wood
is a treat on bass. His facial expressions are priceless. He makes the bass sing. Jim Gwynn on drums set a terrific beat for the group. He took some breaks and soloed great later in the program.
All the players were smiling and enjoying themselves all night. Their happiness made the music sound even better. The crowed clapped and clapped as the group ripped through song after song.
If this group ever gets together again, and if you can get to see them, I guarantee you’ll love their music and upbeat mood.
Scott called Donna Byrne up from the audience for several entertaining song renditions. She, too, was a hit. Donna captured the spirit of the evening and performed very well.
Some of the songs played were Laura, Russian Lullaby, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Best Things in Life Are Free and Emily. There were many others, but I was unable to remember them.
Sarah Spencer returned from her home in England; stopped by at Disneyworld to catch up with friends, then settled in Connecticut, playing at Bill’s Seafood. We were fortunate to have her with us in Lincoln, MA, with her International All Stars. Our local musicians were thrilled to have Sarah here – that was obvious!
Jeff Hughes cornet, John Clark clarinet/soprano sax, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Herb Gardner piano, Justin Meyer bass, Bill Doyle guitar, Steve Taddeo drums, Sarah Spencer tenor sax/vocals/clarinet/alto sax.
They opened with Jimmy singing Exactly Like You. Sarah and The All Stars played New Orleans Traditional Jazz – it was refreshing to hear it again! She explained where the tunes came from, and what bands played them, like The Sam Morgan band, Papa Celestin, Billy & Dede Pierce, Kid Thomas, Ma Rainey’s Tiajuana Man.
John Clark took up soprano sax for Sweet Jenny Lee, a Cab Callaway tune.
Steve Taddeo has been studying Baby Dodds – surprising the members of the band on Traditional Jazz – his passion is playing drums!
Sweet Jenny Lee
Sarah sang several songs, including Love, by Jabbo Smith.
The band reveled in playing unusual pairings of musicians. Sarah played clarinet on Savoy Blues, persuaded by John Clark. Jerry Gagnon sang a duet with Sarah – that was a surprise!
Jimmy Mazzy sang Sweetheart of TKO, from “Papa” Celastin’s Original Tuxedo Orchestra.
Closer Walk With Thee had both Sarah and John playing clarinet, backed by the rhythm section. Justin Meyer was behind Jimmy with fluid intonation and flawless timing.
Herb Gardner enjoyed playing on Bemis’s antique grand piano showing his astonishing improvisational skills – he had never heard some of these Traditional Jazz tunes!
Gerry Gagnon is amazing on trombone, improvising harmony lines, playing lovely slow glissando.
It was impossible to get a clear picture of Bill Doyle, playing guitar in the rhythm section, making every note count – invaluable to the band.
They closed with an astounding Panama.
All agreed that they will do this again next year. The attentive and enthusiastic audience applauded wholeheartedly!
The following Wednesday, Sarah Spencer played at a private house party in Concord MA that was well attended by Jimmy Mazzy fans. She’s been driving from Connecticut to this party for years!
Thursday 26th she drove up to Primavera in Millis, Massachusetts and sat in with Jeff Hughes, Craig Ball, Jimmy Mazzy, Steve Taddeo and Ron L’Herault. She said it was the most magnificent send-off possible; last few hours of her trip with the very best of friends. Next morning she headed back home to England.
We look forward to her returning next year!! We all love you, Sarah!
videos by Harold McAleer
by Marty Fay
videos Cine Devine
As always, it was a mixture of the familiar and the new. There were musicians and songs that have thrilled previous House Party audiences, as well as new performers and songs that have not visited the House Party before now.
She actually arrived in New York City a few days earlier and spent some time with the NYC crew.
Friday night she was backed by Vince Giordano (on his multitude of instruments), Dan Levinson (on reeds), Tom Palinko (on drums) and Jeff Barnhart (on keyboards). She also featured some vocal duties by Vince and Jeff. The charts gave the show more structure than we usually rely upon.
At the start of her career, Banu actually worked for Joel Schiavone, so it was a homecoming of sorts for her. Your Father’s Mustache was alive and well in Branford this past weekend!
New for this year was Jeff’s depiction of a NYC crew and suburban crew.
Big Noise From Winnetka featured Tom Palinko drums.
The NYC crew included Vince, Dan, Jim Fryer (on trombone and other brass instruments), Kevin Dorn (on drums), Dalton Ridenhour (on keyboards) and Mike Davis (on trumpet). Dalton and Mike were new to the House Party and performed well beyond their years. Note their names because you will be hearing more about them as time goes on. They were great new additions.
Shake It and Break It
Jeff & Dalton play 4-handed piano – Everybody Loves My Baby
Chris Fennimore came from Pittsburgh once again to enjoy the weekend and add his banjo talents to some of Joel’s sing along specialties.
Joel caught the structured feeling and scheduled tributes to Firehouse Five + 2, Turk Murphy, and Clancy Hayes.
Personally, I can hardly wait for Eric Devine’s You Tube offerings. It was a great weekend and created great memories.
Marty Fay, J&JHP Volunteer & washboard player
Photos Eric and Sheral Devine
More CineDevine Videos:
I Don’t Know Enough About You – Banu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2nUnsNF8ZQ&feature=push-u&attr_tag=wcEAGxfmIXqlnROC-6
That’s a Plenty NYC Crew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6n1IrJHzbU
Bluin’ The Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQho_Qc3eL8z
At The Jazz Band Ball – in 3 styles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AyNSNmkksc
Storyville Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1Il6O2hPDk
videos by Harold McAleer
An extension of Dave’s small bands, his fourteen piece orchestra was formed in 1989. The focus of this band was playing and preserving the classic sounds of the big band era.
Now an 18-piece band, members here were:
Dave Whitney, leader
Brittany Betts, vocals
Guitar: Karen Quatromoni, vocals
Piano Steve Dale,
Bass Dave LeBleu,
Drums Reid Jorgensen
This orchestra is comfortable playing for the listener and is equally at ease playing for dancers. Besides saluting the big name bands such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Harry James, the Whitney Orchestra also plays the music of other fine bands such as Tony Pastor, Vaughn Monroe, Frankie Carle, Scat Davis and Red Nichols.
They greeted the full house with Dave’s theme song, When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful, and continued for an exhilarating afternoon of fine swing and Jazz.
Well known in New England for his work with the Yankee Rhythm Kings, White Heat Swing Orchestra, and Chris Powers Orchestra, Dave Whitney was influenced by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Bobby Hackett and many other great trumpeters of the pre-bop era. Dave has been called “Premier early style trumpeter” of this area” and “Dean of swing trumpet”. He was featured on Boy Meets Horn, and sang several tune including Marie and Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long.
Pianist Steve Dale was featured on Sunrise Serenade. Steve does many arrangements, and transcribed Louis Armstrong’s Back ‘o Town Blues.
An original member of the band, Reid Jorgensen’s drums pulsated on Louis Prima’s Sing, Sing, Sing.
Trumpeter Brittany Bett’s sang several songs, including And The Angels Sing,
Guitarist Karen Quatromoni sang Peggy Lee’s Let’s Do It and I’m Beginning To See The Light.
Jeff Hughes was featured on flugelhorn with Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life.
Jeff and Kathleen Howland blew the roof off on Count Basie’s 920 Special.
Art Bakopolus, another one of the band’s originals, was featured on alto sax with All of Me.
Diane Heffner, clarinet, played in a medley of The Things I Love, Peaceful In The Country, and Something New.
There was even a touch of Dixieland, with a six-piece Band within a Band: Jeff Hughes & Dave Whitney trumpets, Dave Jost trombone, and Mike Strauss clarinet, Steve Dale piano, Dave LeBleu bass, playing Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Dave closed with everyone taking a fabulous solo on Mary Lou Williams’ Roll ’em.
The Dave Whitney Orchestra has entertained for numerous swing dance parties and has performed at Ryles, the Sherborn Inn, Rockingham Ballroom, Bridgwaye Inn, and bi-monthly at Angelica’s in Middleton, MA. The Band now has a compact disc titled “Swingin’ at the Wunderbar”. To get the CD email Dave firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Dave Whitney 33 Wyman rd.Bilerica,Ma. 01821. $15, add $2 for shipping.
Intro: When Somebody Thinks Your Wonderful
Big John Special
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Back o’ Town Blues
All of Me
Let’s Do It
And The Angels Sing
Battle Him of the Republic
Sing Sing Sing
Are You Having Any Fun?
I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love With Me
Too Little Time
Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long
The Music Makers
Back Home Again in Indiana
The Things I Love
Peaceful In The Country
Boy Meets Horn
Jeff Hughes trumpet/flugelhorn, John Clark leader, clarinet/alto sax, Herb Gardner piano, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Rick MacWilliams tuba, Dave Didriksen drums
By Bill Falk
Listening to this group reminded me of traditional jazz of yesteryear – those days of King Oliver and ballrooms full of followers.
Despite missing their trombonist, band members meshed together beautifully – mixing brilliant solos with great backup.
John Clark led the band plus did an excellent job on clarinet and alto sax. He also vocalized on The Preacher, Stairway to Paradise and Egyptian Ella.
Jimmy Mazzy was brilliant on banjo – when isn’t he terrific? His vocal on Take Your Tomorrow was very impressive, and his solos on Chasing the Blues Away, Monday Date and How Deep is the Ocean were outstanding.
Jeff Hughes trumpet and flugelhorn never disappoints. I was particularly excited by the full sound he produced on the flugelhorn on
I Surrender Dear. He delivered great solos on a variety of tunes throughout the program.
Herb Gardner on keyboard contributed vocals on Staten Island and The Preacher. He is a vital ingredient to the group’s sound because of his ability to backup others and hold things together.
Rick MacWilliams on tuba soloed occasionally while helping the rhythm section keep a steady pace. He works the instrument like a saxophone.
Dave Didrikson was the drummer – not flashy but terrific at keeping the beat. He did take an occasional brief solo, but he played much like the drummers from way back – unsung but important.
The band also played What’s the Use, A Foggy Day in London Town, Froggy More, There Ain’t No Sweet Band Worth the Salt of My Tears, Lonely Melody, Oh Miss Hannah, Struttin’ With Some Barbecue, I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody, Sleepy Lagoon, The Work Song, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans and ended a wonderful evening with their signature Wolverine Blues.
Make it a priority to see this group in person! They get into the roots of jazz as invented in New Orleans very successfully.
By Bill Falk
videos by CineDevine
Saxophones: Maureen Amaral, Kaitlyn Haggerty, Jeff Poster, Jim DeVito, Ben Petrucci and Frank David;
Trombones: Bob Sinclair, Rick Ong, Kurt Thuler and Chris DeCenzo;
Trumpets: Larry Panzer, Skip Gummoe, Garry Freedman Richie Thuler and Bill Cable;
Rhythm section, David James piano, John Deardon string bass, Bill Doyle guitar and Steve Taddeo drums and Leader;
Vocalists: Debby Nordike and Paul Agnew and special guest Paul Monat cornet
In 1939, Dick Donovan fulfilled a lifelong dream by starting the Dick Donovan Big Band with Paul Brann, bass. As the leader of a 20-piece big band, Dick delighted audiences throughout New England and helped to bring authentic music from a bygone era to listeners young and old. He retired from the bandstand in 2008.
Donovan gladly turned the band and charts over to drummer Steve Taddeo and Paul Brann. Since then, they have been rehearsing the band every other Monday in Waltham MA. They did swing dances and mostly private parties.
Recently re-titled The Steve Taddeo Big Band. Steve gets an overwhelming feeling of happiness and joyful excitement leading this band – Paul Brann is still Manager.
They started with Don’t Be That Way, with Maureen Amaral on clarinet
Ben Petrucci, original Member of the Donovan Band, plays alto sax on
Stella By Starlight
Debby Nordike sings Orange Colored Sky
Paul Agnew sings I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
720 In The Books
Guest Paul Monat plays cornet on I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
A Foggy Day In London Town, Kurt Thuler, Trombone
Rose of The Rio Grande Kurt Thuler Trombone
Drumming Man – Steve Taddeo does his drum walk-around, ending with bassist John Deardon’s play on Ray Bauduc and Bob Haggart’s drum/string bass duet.
They closed with Orange Coast. They plan to play many summer concerts. If you’d like to hire The Steve Taddeo Big Band, email Steve Taddeo at email@example.com .
A Tisket A Tasket
Quincy & The Count
Big Swing Face
A Foggy Day In London Town
It’s Almost Like Being In Love
Phil Person trumpet, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keyboard, Eli Newberger tuba, Bob Tamagni drums, Elaine Woo and Watson Reid vocals.
These fine musicians had a chance to stretch out and strut their stuff, with Ted Casher, Jimmy Mazzy and Bo Winiker absent.
Phil Person knows a countless number of tunes; he played a sweet, flawless, Stardust. Beautiful!
Herb Gardner sang and played a tune of his choice, I Cried For You. He’s been on call with either trombone or piano with bands from here to New Jersey.
Bob Winter took a solo on After You’ve Gone and Begin The Beguine. He starts off light and airy and continues like a veritable classic concerto!
Powerhouse vocalist Elaine Woo belted out Route 66, leading the band with Route 66 and a WILD Give Me Some Flim Flam Sauce. She’s our new Red Hot Mama!
She’s thoroughly enjoying retirement from the Medical Community and popping up anywhere there’s Jazz to be sung!
And that was just the beginning! They threatened us with all 17 verses of South Rampart St. Parade, began with a drum roll-off, 32 bars – it was a barn burner!
Trumpet and tuba took a duet followed by piano and clarinet duo on a complicated Apex Blues.
Watson Reed got the nonsense songs, starting with Flat Foot Floogie
Eli pulled off an amazing tuba solo with a Latin tinge on Tico Tico.
They closed with a Dixie War Horse, At The Jazz Band Ball. With three Berklee Professors, it was a delightful evening of tunes that we generally do not hear at Primavera.
They will be back at Primavera Ristorante on October 19th. We hope everyone will join us to hear this World Class Band!
I Cried For You
After You’ve Gone
Flat Foot Floogie
Frim Fram Sauce
South Rampart St. Parade
Every Time We Say Goodbye (Elaine)
Begin The Beguine
This Joint is Jumpin’ (Reid)
Steve Straus leader/clarinet, Neil Flewellen cornet, Frank Batchelor trombone, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Phil Hower piano, Pierre Lemieux tuba, Rich MacMillan drums.
The Riverboat Stompers are a seven-piece ensemble specializing in Traditional and Dixieland Jazz of the 20’s to 40’s. Members of this band come from towns all over Eastern New England. They mix old New Orleans music from the 20’s with tunes from the ‘recent’ 60’s. They obviously love this music – they’ve dedicated their lives to it.
They kicked it off with livewire ensemble on Struttin’ With Some Barbecue. This is fine New Orleans jazz, with cornet, trombone and clarinet against a four-piece rhythm section.
Jimmy Mazzy sat in on banjo singing many of his inimitable vocals, starting with From Monday On.
Steve Straus leads this rambunctious band on clarinet with amiable, good-natured humor. There is great passion and intensity in his clarinet playing. He sang several songs, especially adding drama to Ace In The Hole.
Neil Lewelling was featured on Sleepy Time Down South. He plays a 60’s Getsen cornet, beautiful rich tone, playing spontaneous improvisations, with admirable technique and solos that move lightly from phrase to phrase.
Frank’s trombone sound is deep and lush, and melodic and mellow when using several mutes. One of his favorites is a Fats Waller tune played by The Paris Washboard – Our Love Was Meant To Be. They played it with only four players – trombone, tuba, piano and drum.
Phil’s playing offers just the right chords behind all the soloists. Phil Hower’s heroes are the great stride pianists of the 1920’s and ’30’s, and he does his utmost to emulate their technique and style. When the band took its first break – after playing for an hour and a half, he sat by himself playing I Love a Piano!
Jimmy Mazzy’s soul-warming vocals are encouraged; he really gets his head around the lyrics. The band kept him busy – check out the list of tunes below to see how many he sang.
Pierre LeMieux was back after a lengthy absence. He plays bass lines on tuba and extends that by turning the monstrous horn into a viable solo instrument. He videotaped the whole evening, and we hope to get some of them later.
You feel the rhythm rather than hear the drum beats by Rich Malcom. He is a knowledgeable Dixieland Jazz drummer and maintains that essential Trad beat. His unique moves highlight the structure of the music by changing color, density, and dynamics on a minimal drum set. He sometimes softens reverberation by drumming with his hands!
The Riverboat Stompers closed with a rowdy Wang Wang Blues, then softly segued into ¾ time with ‘Till We Meet Again. They are wonderful and dynamic musicians, fun to watch and great to listen to. They inspire one another; you can easily tell this is the music they cherish. So do we, and sincerely hope to hear them again!
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
From Monday On, Jimmy
Putting on The Ritz, Steve
Sweet Sue, Jimmy
My Blue Heaven, Neil
Downtown Strutters Ball, Jimmy
Do What Ory Say, Jimmy
Beale St. Blues, Jimmy
Lady Be Good, Jimmy
Exactly Like You, Jimmy
Ace in The Hole, Steve
Sunny Side of the Street
Our Love Was Meant To Be
Wang Wang Blues
‘Till We Meet Again
videos by Eric Devine
A full house greeted Jeff Barnhart and the Midiri Brothers at Bemis Hall in Lincoln MA. We were thrilled to have the Midiri Brothers back, and they were happy to return with Steve Taddeo.
This was Jeff Barnhart’s debut here; he enjoyed the antique Steinway piano and gave it a workout on High Society.
Midiri Brothers were at their best with Jeff Barnhart singing My Gal Sal.
It’s the Talk of the Town
Caroline Griep joined them on vocals How About You,
If I Had You:
The Midiri Brothers showed their Classical side with song taken from Antonin Dvořák with Joe on soprano sax – Songs My Mother Taught To Me.
Steve Taddeo showed Jeff his drum walk-around on Savoy. (15 minutes)
Joe Midiri took to tenor sax for Dark Eyes
He took to soprano sax for Honey Hush
The afternoon closed with a HOT Crazy Rhythm.
“Regulars” enjoyed listening to a fabulous afternoon of Swing and Jazz presented by Harold McAleer and The Lincoln Council on Aging, and produced by Steve Taddeo.
Jeff Barnhart and The Midiri Brothers expressed their joy at playing here and said they would be back! We will definitely let you know!
Thank you, Eric Devine, for the videos, and Harold McAleer and the Lincoln Council on Aging for the presentation.
Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
My Gal Sal
It’s The Talk of The Town
How About You – Caroline
If I Had You “
Shimmy She Wobble
Song My Mother Taught to Me – Antonín Dvořák
Sheik of Araby
Jeepers Creepers – Caroline
Sunny Side of the Street