Primavera Thursday Night Jazz Schedule

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Primavera Ristorante

Thursday Jazz 2017 Is Pleased to Present
Jazz at Primavera Ristorante   www.primav.com/

20 Pleasant St. Millis MA 02054
Reservations (508) 376-2026
7:00 to 9:30pm   Admission $10

2017

May
4     Blue Horizon Jazz Band
11   John Clark / Jeff Hughes Sextet
18   No Jazz – scheduling conflict
25   Jack Soref Trio

June
1  
Blue Horizon Jazz Band
8   
Eric Baldwin Trio
15  Eli and The Hot Six
22   Benny Sharoni
29   Riverboat Stompers

July
6   
Blue Horizon Jazz Band
13  Outrageous Fortune
20  
Eli and The Hot Six
27  
Steve Taddeo and The Swing Senders

August
Blue Horizon Jazz Band
10 Eli and The Hot Six *not 3rd Thursday
17 tbd
24 tbd

 

American Jazz from the Roaring 1920’s through the Swing Era of the 1940’s. Come Enjoy Hot and Authentic Dixieland, New Orleans,Chicago style and Big Band music for listening and dancing.

$10 admission will be collected in cash by the hostess seating you. We apologize but we cannot charge the admission to your credit card.  Resv.  (508) 376-2026

All arranged by Ellen McDonald.  Thank you, Ellen!!

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Blue Horizon Jazz Band at Primavera Ristorante May 4, 2017

Stan McDonald soprano sax, Phil Person trumpet, John Kafalas trombone, Gerry Gagnon tuba, Jack Soref guitar, Rich Malcolm drums.

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band played fine Classic Traditional Jazz at Primavera Ristorante on May 4th.  Stan McDonald dug into his massive collection of Traditional Jazz and provided charts for the musicians, bringing us great tunes the band hasn’t played in a long time.

McDonald in front playing soprano sax, Gagnon behind him with huge tuba

Stan McDonald and Gerry Gagnon

 

Stan McDonald led on soprano sax, Stan plays with the taste and inflection and inspiration of Bechet.  Gerry Gagnon’s  turbo-charged tuba played booming bass lines.  Gerry is the longest continuous band member, 23 years.  Initially he played tuba, later switched to trombone.  A master of both instruments, he plays tuba when bass player Stu Gunn is away and the band has a reunion with John Kafalas on trombone.

 

 

 

 

Kafalas with trombone extended almost to floor

John Kafalas

 

 

John Kafalas’s trombone improvised counterpoint harmony lines to the sax and trumpet.  John remembered the intro to “Farewell to Storeyville” perfectly from when he was a full-time member of the band years ago.  It was good to hear that tune again!  The band was glad when John moved back to New England.

 

 

 

Two Videos of Blue Horizon Jazz Band with John Kafalas by the late George Borgman:
Featured in this video are band leader Stan McDonald, the leader switches between the soprano saxophone and the clarinet, longtime member Walter Miller on trumpet, Hans Brack on bass, John Kafalas on trombone & double-bell euphonium, John Rayworth on banjo, Stu Grover on drums and Phil Hower on the piano. – Recorded at the July Fourth “Jazz Picnic” 1989.

My Creole Belle

You Do Something To Me

Back to 2017………..

Phil Person blowing trumpet

Phil Person

 

 

 

Phil Person’s purity of tone reinforced the melody and lifted the whole band.  He gave us a moving solo on “I Remember When.”

 

 

 

 

Rich with both sticks on snare drum

Rich Malcolm

 

 

Rich Malcolm’s drums maintained the Classic New Orleans Street Beat that is so essential to Traditional Jazz.  He played for the Sox at Fenway the night before!  He was well warmed up for tonight!

 

 

 

 

Jack looking at chart playing guitar

Jack Soref

 

 

Jack Soref played two solos.  First a Django inspired “It Had To Be You.”  Second a spellbinding “Dark Eyes.   Youngest member of the band, he appreciates Stan McDonald’s depth and knowledge about the musicians of the 20’s and 30’s.

 

 

 

A special request altered the second set.  “Marjorie” was celebrating her 89th birthday in the dining room and kept peeking in on the music.  Finally she came into the music room with her daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons.  The band played a lively version of “Margie” as a birthday present.  The entire family danced energetically with Marjorie to everybody’s enjoyment

The whole band played a memorable, hard-driving  performance!  There are only a few bands still playing New Orleans Traditional Jazz;  Stan McDonald’s Blue Horizon Jazz Band perseveres at Primavera on the first Thursday of every month.  Please join us at 7pm on June 1st  at 20 Pleasant St. Millis MA?

Tunes this evening were:  June Night, Four or Five Times, All of Me, I’ll Never Be The Same, Rosetta, Running Wild, My Gal Rocks Me, Some of  These Days, Blues in the Air, When I Leave the World Behind, Roaming,  Rose of the Rio Grande, I Remember When, After You’ve Gone, Farewell to Storyville, Margie.

Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante, March 16, 2017

7 piece contemporary classic jazz band

Eli and The Hot Six: Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keys, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Bob Tamagni drums, Elaine Wu and Watson Reid vocals.

(by Marce. Click on pictures to see enlargements.)

The Hot Six play contemporary, classic jazz, joining the present with the glorious past. They kicked it off with sparkling spontaneity on At The Jazz Band Ball, a tune by Nick LaRocca, cornetist with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.  (They were the first to record a commercial jazz recording 100 years ago.)

Tiny Elaine looking up at Watson, both singing their hearts out

Elaine Wu and Watson Reid

 

 

Vocalists Watson Reid and Elaine Wu (two doctors, no waiting)  came up complaining about the weather with Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  

 

 

We never get enough of the heartfelt Jimmy Mazzy vocals and unique one-string banjo,  tonight singing You’re Nobody Sweetheart Now and There’ll Be Some Changes Made.

Jimmy with Eli and Tamagni

The Amazing Jimmy Mazzy – one of a kind – and we have him here!

Elaine singing, left hand up in the air, Ted on tenor sax

Elaine Wu with Ted Casher

 

Elaine sang Lullaby of Birdland with Ted backing her on tenor sax.  She also graced us with  I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and I’ve Got The World on a String – and she does.  She’ll be retiring from Medicine soon and singing full time!

 

 

 

Bob completely absorbed in playing keyboard

Bob Winter

 

 

 

Bob winter gets absorbed in Irving Berlin’s How Deep is the Ocean. He creates soaring melodies with much musical sophistication.

 

 

 

drummer has stick crossed above the snare drum, making a weird face

 

 

 

Ultra-tight all-star assembly on The Sheik of Araby, propelled by Bob Tamagni’s drumming.

 

Eli on antique engraved tuba

Eli Newberger

 

 

 

They continued with one of our favorites, Limehouse Blues.

Bob began it with an incredible piano intro, then a Herb & Bo duet moved it to double time, Bob Winter was amazing, backing them using only his left hand.

Eli added fine tuba solo.

Waitress holds cake while she blows out candles

Jeannine is surprised with a birthday cake.

 

 

 

 

Overtime, the Fans here have become one big Family.  Tonight there was a birthday cake for ‘regular’ Jeannine James.  It was a complete surprise.

 

 

 

Bo holding handkerchief and smiling like Louis Armstrong

Bo Winiker plays Louis. Sings in his own voice, not imitating Louis.

 

 

We welcomed Bo Winiker back with his powerful trumpet.  He grew up in Millis and many of his friends were here to welcome him back.  He dedicated Louis’s Wonderful World to the Harkey family.

 

 

 

Herb playing trombone with Ted on clarinet

Herb Gardner, back from playing hot spots in NY.

 

 

Herb was featured singing and playing You’re Driving Me Crazy,  nobody plays trombone like Herb Gardner!

 

 

 

A smiing Carolyn with Eli and Tamagni in back

Caroline’s flying spoons on washboard.

 

 

Carolyn Newberger joined the band with a rousing  Washboard Roundolay.

 

 

 

 

smiling and singing into mic

Watson Reid

 

 

Watson Reid surprised is with the complete verses of Bill Baily.  There were so many, we didn’t even recognize the song until the band started the chorus.

With ensemble backing him he also entertained us with Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.

 

 

 

When this infectious music gets to your feet, you can’t sit still!  Six of us just had to get up and dance!

6 women dancing in a circle

We just couldn’t sit still!!  This was so much fun!                              Photo by Harkey.

eyes closed, concentrating on playing

Ted on gut-wrenching tenor sax

 

 

 

Ted Casher played Blue and Sentimental with marvelous subtones on gut-wrenching tenor sax   Thank you, Ted!

 

 

 

Bo took over with an Ellington tune,  Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me, with smokey flugelhorn.   Bob Winter was asked to play something.   He surprised us with Angry, creating chordal subtleties and melodies. The Hot Six closed this delightful evening with Ida, published in 1903.

There is nothing like this anywhere else; we had such fun! This music is so uplifting; weeks later we were still glowing.  They will be back here April 20th.  Join us!

Dan Gabel’s Centennial Jass Band, March 30, 2017  Primavera Ristorante

6 musicians standing in black tux and bow ties

Dan Gabel’s Centennial Jass Band

Dan ‘Daddy’ Gabel – 1912 King Trombone, Cow Moos
Jeff ‘LaRocca’ Hughes – 1910 Conn Cornet, Horse Whinny
John ‘Shields’ Clark – Clarinet and Rooster Coos
Ian ‘Rags’ Frenkel – Piano and fashion consultant
Bill ‘Sbarbaro’ Reynolds – 1915 Snare drum, traps (no hi-hat), barn sound effects
Rick ‘Robinson’ MacWilliams – Tuba and President


Many Traditional and Dixieland Jazz Bands across the world this month are celebrating the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recording the first commercially issued jazz 100 years ago!  We had our own version Thursday Night at Primavera Ristorante in Millis, MA with Dan Gabel’s Tribute to the  #OriginalDixielandJassBand.

Jeff Hughes, John Clark and Dan Gabel have played together in many bands, but tonight they morphed into cornetist  Nick LaRocca, clarinetist Larry Shields and trombonist Eddie Edwards.

6 musicians all sitting and playing, no banjo

Front Line: John Clark, Jeff Hughes, Dan Gable

They played all ODJB tunes, starting, of course, with the Original Dixieland One Step.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!

It continued with Livery Stable Blues, that became the first jazz single ever issued.  It has the barnyard animal sounds that Gunther Schuller called “Barnyard Hocum.”

seated, playing clarinet

John Clark

 

John Clark was dynamite on Clarinet Marmalade.  John is leader of the popular Wolverine Jazz Band, and arranging and composing tunes of his own.

Larry Shields  co-wrote the ODJB classics Clarinet Marmalade with Henry Ragas, which became one of the landmark compositions of early jazz and was a very popular jazz standard in the 1920s. He also co-wrote At the Jazz Band Ball, Ostrich Walk, and Fidgety Feet.

 

 

Dan’s Centennial Jass Band made Ostrich Walk into a polyphonic thriller!
Singing The Blues is usually associated with Bix Beiderbecke, but the ODJB were the first to play it.  They went to London in the 1919, where they played I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.

This was the first time the musicians had ever played these arrangements together; the intensity grew as they absorbed the techniques.

Fidgety Feet was a Hot One!

Till My Daddy Comes Home, front line trading fours.

Alice Blue Gown started out as a waltz, but not for long – second chorus turned into hot toe-tapping Dixieland.

Rick sitting playing tuba, eyes looking up at ceiling

Rick MacWilliams

 

Downtown Strutters Ball has been played by just about every band, but they played faster than usual.  Nice tuba by Rick MacWilliams.

(The ODJB didn’t have a tuba so Rick was given the title of  “President” of the band.)

 

 

 

Bill with just bass drum, 1915 snare, and one smaller drum and 3 cymbals. No hi hat.

Bill Reynolds

 

 

 

Drummer Bill Reynolds (Tony Sbarbaro)
knows his Trad Jazz beat and kept the band in perfect time on cymbals and a 1915 snare drum, using the same simple drum set they had back then. No hi hat.

 

 

Ian with huge hands playing keyboard, huge reach on fingers

Ian Frenkel

 

Astounding playing by Ian (Henry Ragas) on Syncopation Rag, with his wide finger spread. This was recorded by Benny Goodman in his Carnegie Hall Concert.

You can listen to Ian Frenkel on a real piano on Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/search/sounds?q=ian%20frenkel

 

 

John Clark sang When You and I Were Young Maggie.  He dedicated it to his #1 Fan, 90+ year-old Betty Weaver, who is a regular at Primavera, as she was at The Sherborn Inn and Sticky Wicket.  She talked John Clark into singing years ago.

St. Louis Blues – 

 

standing In tux with long tail in back, holding trombone and singing his heart out

 

 

 

Dan Gable sang Pardon Me, Pretty Baby,  resplendent leader in long-tailed tux and two-toned shoes.

Jeff Hughes’s Dad’s favorite was the 1919 Tell Me.  Piano and cornet took first chorus; what a sweet cornet!

Dan Gable added some fancy crooning – he first heard it on a Bill Crosby recording.

 

 

 

Jeff with elbows out aiming cornet straight at the crowd.

Jeff Hughes

 

 

Jeff Hughes was in his element on a 1910 Conn Cornet.

He has a vast collection of cornets and trumpets, and leads many bands of his own.
Tops in our book!

 

 

 

The ODJB had Jim Robinson on piano for the 1920 Broadway Rose. It was issued on Victor 18722 A.

They closed this breathtaking evening with a fierce trombone Tiger on Tiger Rag.

New Orleans music is a living, breathing organism.  We sincerely hope Dan Gable keeps this Centennial Jass Band playing long after the celebrating is over!

5 musicians in black tuxes

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Riverboat Stompers at Primavera Ristorante February 16, 2017

Jazz Sea Cruise – January 1-19, 2018    Phone 352.205.1777  Fax: 352.415.0779

7 piece Traditional Jazz Band

Riverboat Stompers

The Riverboat Stompers with guest Craig Ball performed peppy renditions of New Orleans favorites  at Primavera Ristorante, with Craig Ball (cl), Neil Flewelling (ct), Frank Batchelor (tb), Steve Taddeo (dr), Phil Hower (p), Pierre Lemieux (tu), and Eric Baldwin (bj)

by Marce, videos by Pierre Lemieux

They began with Original Dixieland Jazz Band One Step,  celebrating The ODJB’s recording of Jazz for the first time 100 years ago!

both singing wildly

Neil and Frank filling in for Steve Straus.

 

Leader Steve Strauss was on temporary disability, so Frank Batchelor led the band and Neil and Frank took turns doing the vocals, having fun with You Took Advantage of Me.  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.

 

 

 

Phil at keyboard, smiling at camera

Phil Hower

 

Phill Hower introduced Rose of Washington Square. (He’s the only one who knows the verses.) Phil’s heroes are the great stride pianists of the 1920’s and ’30’s, and he emulates their techniques and style. with a strongly rhythmic left hand.

Frank did the vocal, Phil in absolute rapture on keyboard.   Eric Baldwin took this solo on guitar

 

 

The theme from This Old House, Louisiana Fairy Tale is always a favorite!

Pierre playing tuba

Pierre Lemieux

 

Bei Mir Bis Du Schoen –  Eric moved to  banjo. Excellent solos all around, including Pierre Lemieux’s tuba.  Pierre maintains that Trad Jazz beat in many bands!

Phil Hower and Pierre Lemieux have been with the Riverboat Stompers band since its inception in 1990.

 

 

Bei Mir Bis Du Schon  (To me you are Beautiful)

Somebody Stole My Gal was WILD with Craig Ball clarinet.  The high ferver continued with Coney Island Washboard Roundelay.

drum and clarinet

Steve Taddeo and Craig Ball

Steve Taddeo’s drumming was tasteful and appropriate, evoking Baby Dodds behind the soloists.  He added an excellent drum roll solo on Floating Down to Cotton Town.

Eric on banjo with Phil keyboard in the back

Eric Baldwin

 

 

 

We’ve been listening to Eric Baldwin play guitar for many years, but we really enjoyed Eric’s banjo playing!

 

 

 

Frank using hand for mute on trombone

Frank Batchelor

 

 

 

Frank Batchelor sang It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie, followed by fine band ensemble.

 
Muskrat Ramble

Phil started Sweet Lorraine; he knows ALL the verses.  Eric returned to guitar;   Neil took the lead, calling out the time for an upbeat Ain’t She Sweet.

clarinet and trombone pointing to Neil seated and playing cornet

Fine front line

Neil on cornet

Neil Flewellen

 

 

Neil playing a superb Sleepy Time Down South. Neil has been heard playing both in the Dixieland-style and swing all across New England.

 

 

 

 

He took the vocal on Bill Bailey, Please Come Home.

 

They closed with a relatively new tune, Moonlight.  Steve Straus will be back with this Powerhouse Group at Primavera March 23rd and ….

NOTE THIS! The band will be taking its first Jazz Cruise January 5-19 on the Holland America Caribbean Dixieland Jazz Cruise, with Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz, New Orleans Nighthawks, & Grand Dominion, and more!
Join them…  Phone 352.205.1777  Fax: 352.415.0779
 Dixieland Jazz Sea Cruises

Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante January 19, 2017

6-piece swing and classic jazz band

Eli and The Hot Six

Bob Winter keys, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Bob Tamagni drums, Ted Casher clarinet and tenor sax, Phil Person trumpet and Herb Gardner trombone and vocals. Not shown: Elaine Wu and Watson Reid vocals.

The Hot Six were in rare form, playing to a full house at Primavera Restaurant. There was a highly receptive audience!  Ted was back after an illness with his moose-enhanced clarinet, Bob Tamagni was back on drums after recovering from surgery.  Eli led the band starting with God Bless America. 

Elaine with hand across her chess, passionately singing into the mic.

Elaine Wu

 

Lullaby of Birdland featured the return of spitfire vocalist Elaine Wu …we look forward to hearing her. She captivated the audience with Embraceable You.
Sophisticated Lady
started with fine ensemble, with Elaine adding her fulsome voice.   She will be retiring as a physician soon and will have fun being a full-time Jazz Vocalist.  Hurray for us!

 

On clarinet that is embellished with a two-inch piece of moose horn.

Ted Casher

 

 

They played many tunes that were new to us –  a Hymn to Roses – Tango De La Rosa – Georgeous!

Ted took a melodic intro on tenor sax for Rose Room – in remembrance of Phil Harris and Alice Faye.  He is amazing on any instrument – whether clarinet,  tenor or soprano sax.

With a big smile and head full of wavy gray/white hair he is also a doctor.

Watson Reed

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Watson Reid took center stage for a bright and buoyant Flat Foot Floogie with a Floy Floy; and later sang an unusually slow verse on Bill Bailey, embellishing and improvising the tune.

 

 

 

standing stage center, playing trombone, with tuba and drum in background

Herb Gardner

 

Versatile musician, Herb Gardner was featured on trombone and vocal with  Close Your Eyes. His trombone traded fours with Ely’s tuba on Hoagie Carmichael’s New Orleans.

Since Herb moved back here from New York, we enjoy his many stories of all the legendary  musicians he played with at the Metropole, Eddie Condon’s and more.

 

 

Limehouse Blues was a WILD instrumental, with each musician contributing his instrumental voice.

 

Phil playing muted trumpet. He has a full head of white hair pulled back into a pony tail.

Phil Peson

 

 

Phil Person’s sweet muted trumpet was a riveting concerto with his range of tone and shading on Sugar.
Herb joined him, closing with a soulful vocal.

 

 

 

Eli standing and playing beautiful ornately carved tuba.

Eli Newberger, leader

 

 

Eli transformed that cumbersome tuba into a viable solo instrument on a sublime Memories of You.  Jimmy Mazzy usually accompanies him, but was unavailable this evening.

 

 

 

 

It   was a rambunctious, uplifting evening of fine music with Bob Winter playing many colors on piano and always sneaking in a few surprises.  They do enjoy playing together!

Bob laughing heartily after a musician played something unique, while Eli plays tuba in the back.

Bob Winter and Eli Newberger

Bob Tamagni showed us he’s feeling just fine, ending this memorable evening with Tiger Rag:

Eli and The Hot Six were not at Primavera in February, but will return with Hot Jazz on March 16th with the full crew and Bo Winiker back on trumpet.  Hope to see you there!!

Marce

UMass Jazz Ensembles to Present Film Music

UMass Jazz Orchestra

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UMass Jazz Ensembles Combine Forces for Movie Music Showcase

AMHERST (MA) – On Thursday, March 9, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present the 36th Annual Jazz Showcase, featuring performances by their top instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles. The showcase is a highlight event in the Department’s calendar, and includes performances by Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and student and faculty soloists. The ensembles are directed by Professors Jeffrey W. Holmes, Catherine Jensen-Hole,Thomas Giampietro, Felipe Salles, and graduate students.

With the film awards season in full swing, the 2017 showcase will appropriately feature works from a variety of movie soundtracks, including blockbusters like Star Wars, The Godfather, The Lion King, Rocky, along with selections from the Austin Powers and the James Bond series.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Ticket prices are $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors & children, and $10 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 413-545-2511, or online atwww.fineartscenter.com/musicanddance. Parking is available in the nearby Campus Center Garage, located on Campus Center Way. For more information, please refer to the UMass interactive parking map.

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About the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance

Founded in 1938, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance is one of the largest and most respected of its kind in New England, offering students conservatory-quality training in the diverse and dynamic setting of a public research university. For more information, please visit www.umass.edu/music.

The Music and Dance Department is part of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass Amherst

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Blue Horizon Jazz Band at Primavera January 5, 2017

6 piece Trad Jazz, no piano

Blue Horizon

Stan McDonald soprano sax, Phil Person trumpet, John Kafalas trombone, Jack Soref guitar and banjo, Stu Gunn double string bass, Rich Malcolm drums.

Stan McDonald’s Blue Horizon Jazz Band enthusiastically opened the 2017 Thursday Jazz Season raring to play Traditional Jazz after a two month hiatus.

Stan on sop sax, Stu double bass

Stan McDonald, leader
with Stu Gunn behind him

 

 

Stan kicked off many of the tunes on sax starting with Roses of Picardy.  Phil Person took the lead with Stan playing counterpoint on many tunes for an evening of fine Traditional Jazz.

 

 

 

 

Phil on trumpet, white hair with short pony tail

Phil Person

 

 

Phil Person adds his own unique voice on trumpet with beautifully simple phrasing, understanding this Trad Jazz that isn’t often heard at Berklee, where he teaches all levels of Ear Training.  Listening is vital to improvising great jazz.

 

 

 

John with long stretch on trombone

John Kafalas

Hot rhythm intro to Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You, Stan and Phil playing riffs on Kafalas’ trombone solo.

John Kafalas has been a member of the band in the past and fills in for the few times Gerry Gagnon is away.
(Check out his 1988 Jimmy Mazzy Podcasts on http://www.kafalas.net/jazzcast/)

 

 

When I Leave The World Behind was dedicated to my cousin, Donald Fleuette, who died at two o’clock that afternoon in a Providence Hospice.  Thank you!  It’s been a tough three months.

Blues in the Air started with a guitar intro, great solos by front line, ending with Stan soprano sax cadenza.  They played great ensemble on Memphis Blues.

trombone, soprano sax, trumpet

Front Line, John Kafalas, Stan McDonald, Phil Person

Jack Soref was featured solo on a banjo/guitar with Sunny Side of The Street, backed by fine string bass and drum.  He says the banjo/guitar was Django Rheinhardt’s original instrument.  It’s a banjo with a guitar neck.   Swing That Music was WILD!  He also played Georgia Cabin on banjo.

banjo with guitar neck Soref on guitar

 

Stu on acoustic double bass

Stu Gunn

 

 

Stu ensures they have the proper chords.  He’s always listening,  filling in any holes that might suddenly appear.  He played fine slap bass on Everybody Loves My Baby. 
He is first call on string bass and also plays symphonic classical music in several orchestras.  Knows his stuff!

 

 

 

Malcolm tapping on snare drum

 

Rich Malcolm uses many subtle tricks keeping the Trad Jazz Beat – you need to watch him carefully to catch them.   On Marchand de Poisson he turned the drum sticks around and played them with the backside giving it more emphasis.  Instead of rim-tapping or using a wood block, he taps on a couple of sticks wired between the drums.

sticks used backwords

Backward sticks

right stick taps sticks placed across two drums

Tapping on sticks instead of rim

Dardanella started with a 4-bar rhythm vamp, Stan playing fine chorus on soprano sax, and ending with a band stinger!

They closed with Louis’s Sleepy Time Down South.

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band will be playing the first Thursday of every month at Primavera Ristorante.  Check out the Primavera Schedule.  Thank you, Ellen McDonald!

Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera December 15, 2016

Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keyboard, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba, Carolyn Newberger washboard, no drums – Bob Tamagni was absent because of recent surgery.

The group members are obviously excellent jazz musicians. They have an obvious camaraderie and love of what they’re doing that is charming and infectious. Eli sprinkled informative and entertaining commentary between songs.

They started with Jimmy Mazzy giving a poignant vocal  of Closer Walk With Thee, Phil Person trumpet taking the intro, Ted Casher joining him on clarinet, then Herb’s trombone backed by Jimmy banjo,  Eli tuba solo with a deep, sonorous tone, maintaining that contemporary classic beat. Jimmy’s banjo took it out.

We were surprised with something this audience never heard here – a tune by Charlie Parker – Hard Times.   Honeysuckle Rose was more familiar, with I Got Rhythm bridge.  The guys were all scatting in sync. Not bad!!

Ted on teno

We were glad to see Ted Casher back!

 

 

 

Ted was featured on tenor sax with Just Me, Just You.  Ted was just released from the hospital few weeks ago! He certainly is dedicated to this music, sounded fantastic!

 

 

Jimmy on banjo and singing

Jimmy Mazzy

 

Change of pace with a Bix Beiderbecke tune, with Jimmy singing I’m Coming Virginia.

Jimmy Mazzy enjoys iconic status as both a banjoist and vocalist on the American jazz scene.  For more than forty years, this consummate musician has delighted followers of traditional jazz with his uniquely lyrical banjo style and his wonderfully haunting vocals.

Bob Winter excited on keyboard

Bob Winter

Bob Winter plays skillful, soft commentary behind the soloists and vocals.  Eli asked him to play the rarest Rag he knows – Bob picked the1947 Sunday.

Since 1980, Bob Winter has been the pianist with the Boston Pops and Pops Esplanade Orchestras, with Keith Lockhart and John Williams, conducting at Symphony Hall and for many tours and recordings. Bob joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music in 1972, where he is still a professor of piano.

Jimmy banjo, Eli standing playing tuba

Jimmy and Eli

 

Eli dug way back to find Earl Hynes’ Monday. The band jumped right into it.  Jimmy was keeping the beat in the absence of drummer Bob Tamagni, who recently had surgery.  He will return in January.  Jimmy and Eli played a dazzling duet.
Dr. Newberger is classically trained at Juilliard and Yale, he is a virtuoso jazz tuba and keyboard player who has cut more than 40 records with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, which he co-founded in 1970. Dr. Newberger also won three national readers’ polls for best jazz tuba player! Often with banjo player/singer Jimmy Mazzy, he delights his audiences with musically illustrated lectures on character building.

Dark Eyes – Ochi chyornye,  Ardent fan, Valentina Cass, originally from Crimea, translated the words from Russian:

Black eyes, passionate eyes,
Burning and beautiful eyes!
How I love you, how I fear you,
It seems I met you in an unlucky hour!

Clarinet with moose-horn insert

Clarinet with moose-horn insert

 

Ted brought a taste of klezmer with fantastic clarinet on a tune relating to Nikolai Romanovich. His clarinet has a moose-horn insert that gives is a unique sound.

One of the busiest jazzmen in New England, clarinetist and saxophonist Ted Casher’s career spans studying and teaching at the Berklee College of Music, clarinet performances with front-rank traditional jazz stars like Louis Armstrong, starring as solo clarinetist in bands that revive the legacies of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Ted is renowned for his fluent improvisations, exquisite sound, klezmer inflections and boffo sense of humor.

 

To appease the Mouldy Fygs in the audience Eli added a very fast South Rampart Street Parade, starting at a pretty good clip, with the front line in marvelous polyphony.

Phil with white hair in a short ponytail playing trumpet

Phil Person

Phil Person was featured on fabulous trumpet with Hoagie Carmichael’s New Orleans.

Phil Person is leader of the Phil Person Sextet, Quintet, and Quartet, and teaches all levels of Ear Training at Berklee.  He adds his own unique voice on trumpet to the Hot Six with beautifully simple phrasing, deep understanding of the emotions of the music, and respect for the other players. He’s a true gentleman, who always listens and plays with a light touch.

Ted was asked to play something – he came up with Struttin’ With some Barbecue. He didn’t tell anyone what he was going to play but after a few notes, they all weaved their way in.  HOT Tune!

Herb with a big smile on his face

Herb Gardner sings

 

 

 

 

Herb Gardner was featured singing and playing rich, burnished tone on trombone with Slow Boat to China.

Trombonist Herb Gardner moved to NY in 1963 and began touring with Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood as well as becoming a regular at the Metropole, Jimmy Ryan’s and Eddie Condon’s nightclubs. During the ‘60s and ’70s, he appeared with virtually all of the classic jazz musicians in the New York City area such as Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa, Henry “Red” Allen, Bobby Hackett, Jimmy Rushing, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky and even Wingy Manone.  We’re pleased he’s back in Massachusetts!

The evening was filled with corny jokes – mandated by the boss.  Eli requested a funny Dixieland tune.  Carolyn Newberger joined them with a delightful performance on washboard for I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate.  Carolyn is Eli’s wife and partner, and an artist in her own right.

The whole band with Carolyn on washboard.

Carolyn Newberger joins the band on washboard.

This is Contemporary Classic Jazz, drawing from some of the best players on the traditional jazz scene. The group’s approach honors the New Orleans tradition of ensemble improvising while featuring the solo brilliance of its distinctive, contemporary musical personalities.

Eli and The Hot Six will be back in 2017 every 3rd Thursday except February.  Bob Tamagni will be back January 19th – even if he has to play with one hand.  He can do anything with drums!  Join us for some great Classic Contemprary Jazz and Swing!