Bo Winiker trumpet, Ted Casher alto and tenor sax/clarinet, Herb Gardner trombone, Eli Newberger tuba/leader, Bob Tamagni drum, Elaine Wu and Watson Reid and guest Sarah (Gardner) Nova vocals
Skill and stamina – the musicians arrived early and practiced for two hours, then played for us from 7-9:30pm – preparing for their two-day Jazz presentation of The Genius of Cole Porter and Duke Ellington Swings! at Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA July 23 and 24. Tonight we had all Duke Ellington!! Who doesn’t LOVE Duke Ellington?
There were great solos from all the deeply skilled musicians, tasty notes, long and coherent phrases that reflected the story of the genre, the songs, and their individual contributions.
Front Line – Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Herb Gardner
Elaine Wu and Watson Reid are now retired physicians, very relaxed and delighted to be singing full time.
They played some well-known Ellington tunes, starting with In a Mellow Tone, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady; and some not-so-well-known, Elaine singing Never Trust Your Heart.
Guest Sarah Nova sang Shuffle Boogie and her own composition of Keep Your Hands Off It.
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore was WILD with Eli on tuba solo and Bo on flugelhorn.
We always enjoy Ted Casher’s tenor sax, but this was the first time we’ve heard him on alto. He said “it plays in the wrong keys”.
Drummer Bob Tamagni took a solo In Flat Foot Floogie where we could hear the melody elaborated rhythmically, which makes it ever so engaging. Great vocal by Watson Reid.
Limehouse Blues was played at a good clip. Bob Winter played the melody rested in great chords, some expected, some not.
Herb played a solo like a young man with vim and vigor! Yet again the drummer played the melody, getting such a range of sounds on just a snare, bass and hi-hat. Eli sent those ripping riffs to the stars as he always has and we know he will continue to do so with such gusto.
I’m Beginning to See The Light, Take the A Train, Write Myself a Letter, Day Dream. Watson did his special version of Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home.
Three birthdays were celebrated: pianist Bob Winter, Marce, and Sarah Abramson. We all shared a delicious birthday cake brought in by Jeannine James. This was Sarah’s first time here – she loves tuba; Eli gave her a Happy Birthday solo right at her table. She was enthralled!
Eli plays Happy Birthday
Marce wants especially to thank two very special ladies who took time out from their busy schedule to be here for this occasion, Music Therapist Kathleen Howland and vocalist Sarah (Gardner) Nova.
….and Marce’s family, with three grandsons:
Jason Towne, Marce, DJ Sardonini (from Florida) and his friend Sarah, Brian Towne.
It was a memorable evening for all of us!
Folks in Pittsfield MA are in for a treat when Eli & The Hot Six present The Genius of Cole Porter July 23rd and Duke Ellington Swings! July 24th 8pm at Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 email@example.com Box Office: (413) 236-8888.
Dan Levinson and The Swing Senders at Bemis Hall
Dan Levinson, Tom Ferrante, John Clark reeds; Jeff Hughes trumpet, Paul Monat cornet, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Ross Petot piano, Bill Doyle guitar, Justin Meyer bass, Steve Taddeo drums, and…
Caroline Griep vocals.
Dan Levinson returned to Bemis Hall with the Swing Senders for a fine afternoon of great music, produced by Steve Taddeo. We’ll let Harold McAleer’s videos show how great it was……
Caroline sings Out of Nowhere
At one point, we had the Taddeo Trio with Dan, Ross and Steve:
Fine and Dandy Taddio Trio
And a surprise Happy Birthday to Me – with three saxophones!
Finale – Crazy Rhythm, Taddeo drum solo:
The musicians still played their heart out despite the small crowd. Besides Fathers’ Day, there was a lot happening this week.
Mark your calendars – Steve will be bringing more fine musicians to Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Rd. Lincoln, MA. Please join us in supporting this fine Jazz and Swing!
August 13, Sun. 2-4pm The Big Four with The Midiri Brothers with Jeff Barnhart piano/vocals, Steve Taddeo drums and Caroline Griep. FREE
October 11, Wed. 7:30-9pmSarah Spencerand her Transatlantic All Stars, Sarah Spencer saxophone, Jeff Hughes cornet, John Clark reeds, Herb Gardner piano, Justin Meyer bass, Jimmy Mazzy banjo, Bill Doyle guitar, Gerry Gagnon trombone and Steve Taddeo drums FREE
Dave Whitney trumpet, Craig Ball reeds, Lee Prager trombone, Jim Mazzy banjo/vocals, Frank Stadler leader/piano, Al Bernard sousaphone, Bob Reardon drums, Maureen Benson vocals
The Seacoast Stompers had a rip-roaring afternoon with a Full House at Bemis Hall in Lincoln, MA. For six years, they played monthly at the Acton Jazz Café, with a repertoire of tunes from the 20’s and 30’s. Arrangements were spontaneous and ad lib with a variety of styles and tempos from smooth swing to groovy blues and hot driving Dixie.
Frank Stadler is leader of the band, but graciously let Dave Whitney rule the roost with his rousing trumpet. Dave is well known for his amazing Louis-type trumpet.
They began with a joyous romp on the Seacoast Stomper’s theme song, At The Jazz Band Ball,
Dave Whitney has some favorite tunes. Maureen Benson joined him on Back o’ Town Blues.
Maureen Benson was comfortable with the band, personalizing some of the lyrics, picking on Craig. She gave us As Long As I Live, I Don’t Know Enough About You, It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.
Jimmy Mazzy was featured on Porter’s Love Song to a Chamber Maid; took the vocal on Clarence William’s Cake Walking Babies, scatted on How Can You Do That Thing To Me, Old Fashioned Love – he has a treasure trove of tunes.
Al Bernard on sousaphone
Al Bernard is a master of the tuba, listening to the soloists and backing them with many different chord phrasings wrapped in that monstrous sousaphone, as if it were easy!
Frank Stadler, Band Leader
The Seacoast Stompers played many favorites, Royal Garden Blues, Canal St. Blues, San.
Lee Prager’s deep, burnished, trombone was reminiscent of Tommy Dorsey.
Craig Ball was featured on The World is Waiting For The Sunshine.
Bob Reardon plays drums with marvelous precision, He keeps the band in time by tapping on the snare drum and ride cymbal, only letting loose on a couple of tunes. He picked the closing tune – always requesting the same one – Limehouse Blues.
The Seacoast Stompers keep the music fresh with their amazing creativity! Check them out!
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.
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.
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’s purity of tone reinforced the melody and lifted the whole band. He gave us a moving solo on “I Remember When.”
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 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: 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.)
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.
The Amazing Jimmy Mazzy – one of a kind – and we have him here!
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 winter gets absorbed in Irving Berlin’s How Deep is the Ocean. He creates soaring melodies with much musical sophistication.
Ultra-tight all-star assembly on The Sheik of Araby, propelled by Bob Tamagni’s drumming.
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.
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 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 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!
Caroline’s flying spoons on washboard.
Carolyn Newberger joined the band with a rousing Washboard Roundolay.
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!
We just couldn’t sit still!! This was so much fun! Photo by Harkey.
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 ‘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.
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.”
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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 –
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.
Jazz Sea Cruise – January 1-19, 2018 Phone 352.205.1777 Fax: 352.415.0779
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
We’ve been listening to Eric Baldwin play guitar for many years, but we really enjoyed Eric’s banjo playing!
Frank Batchelor sang It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie, followed by fine band ensemble.
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.
Fine front line
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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 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!!
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.
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