Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante April 19, 2018

8 pc Hot Band, two trumpets

Eli and The Hot Six

Bo Winiker and Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet and tenor sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter piano, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba, Bob Tamagni drums, Elaine Wu vocals

Eli playing tuba at the front of the band

Eli Newberger


This band is never dull!  On this cold and rainy day, Jimmy opened on his renowned one-string banjo singing April Showers. But it soon got HOT in here with two trumpets and clarinet, Eli strolling up front playing tuba.




Eli says  “I can’t get over the excitement that Phil  and Bo create, individually and together, and the band’s new energy.  Add Elaine and our vocal themes and solos, including Bob Winter’s, and we’ve got a joyful evening, full of honest emotion and unexpected brilliance, every single performance.”

They continued with optimistic tunes for better weather.

Keyboard player sings. Bob plays with the Boston Pops.

Bob Winter Sings!




Hope For Better Days–  Surprise – Bob Winter Singing!!  Wonderful!   Followed by band ensemble on Look For The Silver Lining.




Bo Winiker

Bo Winiker playing flugelhorn



Speaking of Silver Linings, Elaine Wu was back with tunes that help people relate to each other – Carol King’s Music, Ellington’s In a Mellow Tone, and off to Rio for One Note Samba, with Bo on flugelhorn.





Phil on muted trumpet

Phil Person




Phil Person’s sweet trumpet was featured with Honeysuckle Rose, with Jimmy scatting.




Bob Winter continued in propulsive rhythm and fluid style on keyboard with Without You.

Caroline seeming in ecstasy with head thrown back, playing washboard.

Carolyn Newberger



Carolyn Newberger joined Jimmy singing Coney Island Washboard Rondelay.

Carolyn is usually sitting in the audience drawing pictures of the musicians.  She had a successful showing of her art this month at Galatea Fine Arts in Boston.



Elaine with left arm swung out, singing

Elaine Woo rules!


Elaine returned singing Too Marvelous For Words, then introduced a couple of friends to sing a song.  This whole evening was about friendships.  Belinda sang All The Things You Are, and Nat tried some Jimmy Durante on You Do Something To Me, and with a Jazz Waltz from the movie The Yearling, and I’m All Smiles.



Herb up front on trombone with Eli on tuba behind him

Herb Gardner



Herb Gardner was featured on trombone and vocals with ‘Till We Meet Again.




Jimmy playing banjo and singing

Jimmy Mazzy




Jimmy dove through his plethora of songs for a 1927 tune played by the  Jean Goldkette Orchestra, Slow River.




Ted on tenor sax

Ted Casher




Ted was featured on tenor sax with Squattee Roo.




Eli and Jimmy have been a team for many years. Eli backed him on a very slow If You Knew How Much I Love You.   The band ramped up with a real barn-burner, South Rampart St. Parade.

Bob, with eyes closed and head thrown back, playing snare drum.

Bob Tomagni



Behind the band, always listening, adding emphasizing beats, keeping them in time, Bob Tomagni on drums.



This fine evening closed with Bo back on flugelhorn and Jimmy singing New Orleans.

The large, enthusiastic crowd clapped all night long! This was an exhilarating evening – we didn’t want it to end – but time was up.  But…Eli and The Hot Six, with Bo and Phil on  trumpet and Elaine and Carolyn will return on  May 17th   – Join us for an evening full of surprises!

Blue Horizon Jazz Band at Primavera Ristorante April 5, 2018

5 pc. Traditional Jazz Band, no banjo

Stan McDonald’s Blue Horizon Jazz Band


Stan McDonald soprano sax, Phil Person trumpet, John Kafalas trombone, Jack Soref guitar, Gerry Gagnon tuba.   The band’s drummer, Rich Malcolm, director of Audio/Visual at Berklee, was absent because he had to cover the class for a fellow employee who underwent surgery.

The Blue Horizon Jazz Bands plays every 1st Thursday of the month at Primavera, a fine Italian Restaurant family owned since 1989.  Great Traditional  Jazz in addition to fine Italian Cuisine at a fair price!

Stan on soprano saxophone

Stan McDonald



Stan McDonald played for the first set, opening on soprano sax with fine renditions of Swing That Music, Memphis Blues and Dardanella.  That was followed by Canal St. Blues.  Feet were tapping as they continued with Everybody Loves My Baby.   That closed the first set.




Gerry on tuba

Gerry Gagnon


Gerry Gagnon took over leadership of the band, but he gave everyone a say on what they would play and how they would play it.

The important job of keeping that Trad Beat was accomplished by Jack Soref on guitar, with help from Gerry playing 4/4 on a monstrous Conn 20J recording tuba with a deep, sonorous tone.



The band started the second set with a barn-burning version of Limehouse Blues, and I Would Do Most Anything For You (dedicated to the audience).  And they did!!

John on trombone

John Kafalas



John Kafalas fills in on trombone whenever Gerry moves to tuba.  John has been a part of this band for many years, improvising fine counterpoint harmony lines to the lead parts of the  trumpet player.




On the 85th Anniversary  of Louis Armstrong’s playing with King Oliver, they gave us Sugar Blues.


Phil on trumpet

Phil Person



They moved upbeat with Found a New Baby.  Phil Person took the lead on trumpet on Margie.   Phil plays a sweet, ‘pretty’ trumpet. He is an Assistant Professor of Ear Training at Berklee who helps students learn arranging, harmony, conducting, tonal harmony and counterpoint.




The band kept the tradition of New Orleans music of the 20’s to 50’s alive and vibrant.
That’s a Plenty.


Jack on 'Django' guitar

Jack Soref




They continued with a tune requested by “regular” Connie T.  It Had To Be you.  Jack Soref took the last 8, demonstrating what a  guitar solo should sound like!




China Boy, was a rouser!  They continued with The Mill’s Brothers’ When I Grow too Old to Dream, I’ll See You In My Dreams.

This Blue Horizon Jazz Band is a light-hearted, versatile band.  They closed with Just a Closer Walk With Thee.  a traditional gospel song that has been covered by many artists.

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band plays the 1st Thursday of every month here at Primavera Ristorante, 7pm.  They will be back May 3rd.     Consider joining us??






Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators at Amazing Things Art Center March 9, 2018

7 pc band and vocalist

Blue Syncopators with Gabriela Martina

videos by Barbara Golder

Mike Peipman trumpet, John Clark and Billy Novick reeds, Dan Fox trombone, Ross Petot piano, Stu Gunn string bass and tuba, Bill Reynolds drums, Gabriela Martina vocals

“Gatsby” is a remarkable event, an evening of explosive, ticklish and swooning live Jazz.  It was brought to life in February 2010 with the Washington DC ballet by Septime Webre.  The score consisted of classics from the 1920’s, Ellington, Louis, Bix, as well as some music Billy wrote just for the ballet.

Timing is very important for the ballet, so this Jazz was carefully written, and not improvised like jazz.  Billy opened the Gatsby book with That’s a Plenty, narrating the story.

The ballet  begins with What’ll I Do?, a silky, melodic waltz, with Billy on soft, low register clarinet, and Ross’s haunting and elegant piano, then kicks it up with a flaming hot At The Jazz Band Ball.

The story enfolds, the rich and influential Gatsby falls in love with the very rich, the very elegant, and the very married Daisy.

An outstanding vocalist with a sense of phrasing that creates many moods, Garbriela scats Creole Love Call.

Garbriela and Billy’s poignant back-and-forth scatting on Wild Man Blues characterizes a touching,  emotional  telephone conversation between the two lovers.

Dance of the Ashes is remarkable, Garbriela  scats in her own effervescent style, while the whole band responds as one.

He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes.

Duke’s East St. Louis Toodle-oo features Mike Peipman’s fiery trumpet, with fine backing by Stu Gunn on string bass.

In Billy’s composition, Manhattan Thoroughfare, the instruments cunningly reproduce the haphazard cacophony of a busy New York thoroughfare.   In a tennis match scene, Billy’s drumming replicates the sound of tennis balls being batted back and forth.  Brilliant.

trumpet with drummer in background

Mike Peipman


A scene where a couple are dining at the Waldorf was portrayed by  Broadway Tango, with Mike on muted trumpet, backed by Ross’s supple fingers on piano and Stu on that massive B & S German tuba.



To fill in a gap in the action where 20 ballet dancers need to change from white into red tap shoes, Billy wrote Maids to Order.   Yellow Dog Blues and the Charleston recall some wild parties that were held in Myrtle’s apartment and Gatsby’s mansion.

two clarinets and double bass

John Clark, Stu Gunn, Billy Novick

In Tight Like That, Billy and John are both featured on alto sax, giving this small group a very big band sound!  John Clark had four of his instruments with him – clarinet, alto, tenor and bari sax. He played the the hefty baritone while he was following the score on The Sheik of Araby.

Ross off- beside the stage playing piano

Ross Petot


They did a very soft reprise of the Charleston, Billy on clarinet, with fine backing by Ross on piano.  Ross is quick and steadfast, with embellishments behind every solo



Billy Novick needed a wartime tune for a scene where somebody goes into the army, but had difficulties finding a recording of an American World War I march. Diligent probing paid off when he discovered a tune from an old vintage phonograph, We’re All Going Calling on the Kaiser.   (We’re going to make him wiser.)  He wrote a Sofa Dance and Pocket Dance, especially for the dancers.

In a lovely rendition of the heartrending What’ll I Do, Garbriela maintained a high range throughout the whole song, finishing the last verse in a  sultry, low voice.

She ignited the room with sassy and sensuous hinting of carnal content in Bessie Smith’s Put a Little Sugar in My Bowl!

Skip Dat Pop Dat represents the breakout of a fight in the city.   Trombonist Dan Fox took a great plunger solo on Exotique, which epitomized the scene where Daisy is killed by a hit and run driver and George is filled with grief and sorrow.  He suspects Gatsby.

Bill Reynolds has the final scene, the most dramatic moment in the ballet, where George is stalking Gatsby, his anger building with the drumming. The drum is the sole instrument in this whole ballet scene.  He finds him swimming in the pool; then comes the final single drum beat – the gun shot.

The ballet closes  with Billy Novick on clarinet and Ross piano, for a brief reprise, a tragic waltz, What’ll I Do.

Billy took the Blue Syncopators to San Diego the beginning of April to conduct and perform (for the 40th time!) his Great Gatsby score with the California Ballet.  Stay tuned – they will be back at the Homegrown Coffeehouse in Needham, MA on June 2nd.

Dan Gabel Hot Jazz at Primavera Ristorante, April 12, 2018

African-American 16 yr old pianist, his 19 yr old brother bass, and Dan Gabel (29?) drum and trumpet

Dan Gabel’s Hot Jazz Trio

Dan Gabel trumpet/drums, Conway Campbell Jr. bass, Cameron Campbell piano

Dan Gabel said his Hot Jazz would present something different – he was right. Fresh from directing a successful play of Cinderella with a 30- piece orchestra, Dan continued with this amazing Trio.  He introduced two of his students from Holy Name High School, Worcester MA.

The Campbell brothers (16 and 18) may be young, but are already playing like Pro’s, “improvising songs of the 30’s and 40’s in a modern vein, but always coming back to the melody”   said expert Jerry Wadness).

19 yr old African-American on double bass

Conway Campbell Jr.



They started with Honeysuckle Rose and Softly As In The Morning Sunrise, with marvelous solos by bassist Conway.  Not only is he a fabulous bassist, but he did the arrangements for Night and Day, and also Jimmy Van Heusen’s It Could Happen To You. He took the vocal on a tune from Annie Get Your Gun, Love is  Wonderful, and played slap bass on All Of Me.




16 yr old African American on keyboard

Cameron Campbell


They slowed it down for a special tune,  Benny Goodman’s 1937 Body and Soul, with younger brother Cameron on piano.  He can sing too, taking vocal on Georgia On My Mind.




Cameron plays melodies with a level of musical sophistication way beyond his years!  Here he is on Duke Ellington’s Cottontail.

Dan Gabel gave us some Millis history with the 1921 At Sundown.   Cliquot Club Soda employed many people from Millis and local towns at the time.

The Trio then played a special feature. “I’m in the Mood For Love” is a 1932 by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. In 1949, saxophonist James Moody recorded the tune in Sweden, and it became known as “Moody’s Mood for Love.” In 1952, Eddie Jefferson added lyrics to the solo, making it a #1 R & B hit for King Pleasure.

We’ve known Dan Gabel as a trombone player – especially lately, spreading Vaughn Monroe’s legacy.  Here he enjoyed playing trumpet and drums at the same time.  He said “It was fun”.  Here’s Dinah:

Other tunes played by the Trio:
East of The Sun
All of You
A Lovely Night (from Cinderella)
Work Song (Nate Adderly)

They closed with a fantastic A Train, in triple-time, with Conway taking the role of leader.

The enthusiastic audience applauded throughout the whole evening.  We all hope they will return so we can hear them again!!

(My apologies for the quality of the videos – the brothers should have had more light, and microphones should have been louder.   Next time!  Marce)

Eli & The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante, March 15, 2018

7 pc trad jazz - swing band

Eli and The Hot Six

Bo Winiker & Phil Person (trumpet), Ted Casher (clarinet/tenor & soprano sax), Herb Gardner (trombone), Bob Winter (piano), Jimmy Mazzy (banjo/vocals),  Eli Newberger (leader/tuba), Bob Tamagni (drums) & Elaine Woo (vocals)  .

After enduring three Nor’easters in three weeks, with loss of electricity, cancelled gigs, these musicians were raring to go!!  They hit it hot and fiery with That’s a Plenty that brought everyone to attention and sitting up on the edge of their seats.

Ted playing tenor sax

Ted Casher on smokin’tenor sax




Then Ted took out his tenor sax for a moody, smoldering Blue and Sentimental that turned our insides to jelly!





smiling and singing

Elaine Woo

Eli called on Elaine Woo, who had prepared a list of songs for spring, including the verses – many of were melancholy:  Spring is Here (why doesn’t my heart go dancing?)  Michel LeGrand’s You Must Believe In Spring.
She moved to something more cheerful – a Broadway tune that persuades flowers to bloom.  It begins as a shy prayer and ends up a classic Broadway Belt: Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here.


clarinet, two trumpets, trombone

Front line: Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Phil Person, Herb Gardner

Musicians were soaring!  But there’s no doubt who is in charge here, with Eli pointing to each one, each picked up spontaneously, improvising straight from the heart!

Winter at keyboard

Bob Winter




Bob Winter swung with expressive joy on Carioca, from a 1933 film Flying Down to Rio.






Phil with hair in long white pony tail, plays trumpet

Phil Person




Phil Person was featured with Duke’s soulful, sensitive Satin Doll.






smiling, holding trumpet and handkerchief

No one does Louis better than Bo!




Bo Winicker instinctively plays Louis’s Hello Dolly;





playing trombone up front

Herb Gardner




Herb Gardner played mellow trombone and sang Richard Whiting’s She’s Funny That Way.





hitting snare with one stick and top hat stand with the other

Bob Tamagni




Bob Tamagni’s sound generates dynamism and perfect propulsive thrust, driving the band.





Eli introduced a young student of Bob Winter’s, Rui (pronounced Ray) Zhong who plays both piano and Euphonium. With Jimmy, Rui and Eli took a turbo charged duet on Summertime.

euphonium, banjo, tuba

Rui , Jimmy Mazzy, Eli Newberger

Until a couple of years ago, Elaine was an Internal Medicine Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and she only knew two songs. She reprised them for us, with all lyrics memorized:  I Got Rhythm, and Embraceable You.  Now retired and singing full-time, Elaine has become a seasoned professional vocalist, and belts them out with fervor.

Elaine singing with the whole band

Elaine Woo belts out a song!

Eli and The Hot Six closed with a march around the room on a flaming Tiger Rag.

That left us in a much better mood than when we arrived!

Eli and The Hot Six are here at Primavera on the 3rd Thursday of every month – next one is April 19th.  Come join in the fun!!

Wolverine Jazz Band at Primavera Ristorante February 22, 2018

7 pc. trad Jazz Band

Wolverine Jazz

Jeff Hughes cornet, John Clark, Leader, clarinet/bass sax, Tom Boates trombone, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Ross Petot piano, Rick MacWilliams tuba, Dave Didriksen drums

An energetic, rambunctious Wolverine Jazz Band raised the temperature on this very cold February evening with uplifting, toe-tapping Traditional Jazz at Primavera Ristorante.   Just a week+ after Mardi Gras, this was an evening of tunes from the essential spirit of early New Orleans up to the 1950s in preparation for their umpteenth CD – and all of us were pleased to be a part of it!

Jimmy Mazzy kicked it off with banjo intro on Maybe, a song written in 1926 by George and Ira Gershwin, then Brown Bottom Bess, by Johnny Dodds.

Jimmy took banjo intro and vocal on Take Your Tomorrows and Give Me Today.

This front line lights up the room!  Trombone, cornet and clarinet against a four-piece rhythm section.

trombone, cornet, clarinet with

Tom Boates, Jeff Hughes, John Clark in Front Line

Clark playing bass sax set on seat of chair

John Clark on bass saxophone

The rhythm section had “strength up the middle.”  They laid back on ballads, but on a hot tune…look out!

Jelly Roll Morton’s Frog-I-More Rag was a killer with John Clark’s powerful bass saxophone! He reaches deep down and creates beautiful music.

John sang The Preacher, with the band in close harmony, and the 1934 Baby Brown, by Alex Hill with livewire ensemble band opening – marvelous.  Ross Petot was in full stride.




Ross looking up and smiling (this is rare - he never smiles when he's playing.)

Ross Petot, teacher and stride pianist


We were all happy to see Ross Petot back with the band.  He’s usually unavailable – teaching on Thursday nights.  Fortunately for us, school was out this week. His stride piano is inimitable!!

Check it out on the video of Honky Tonk Towne!





tom on open bell trombone

Tom Boates


Tom Boates requested I’m Gonna Charleston back to Charleston  –  love that growling trombone! He was featured on Stars Fell on Alabama.  (It refers to a spectacular occurrence of the Leonid meteor shower observed in Alabama in November 1833.)

Tom drove 125 miles from Connecticut to get here, putting heart and soul in a New Orleans tune recorded in 1940 by Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong
– Down in Honky Tonk Town.

video by Marce (sorry about shrinkage!  Listen to the music.)

Tell Me Why – sweet intro to Jimmy vocal with Jeff backup.  John actually played melody on that monstrous bass sax, with Tom on  trombone doing harmony.  Lovely!
Jimmy’s banjo opened on a sweet ballad, How Deep is The Ocean, with Jeff backing him on cornet.  (Jeff has been playing harmony for Jimmy ever since they were together in Ray Smith’s Paramount Jazz Band.)

Jimmy singing, Jeff playing cornet

Jimmy Mazzy and Jeff Hughes

Jeff and John  remembered playing In Our Cottage of Love with the Paramount Jazz Band.

Jeff Hughes is the Bix Beiderbecke in this Wolverine Jazz Band. His technique  encompasses a fabulous variety of moods and timbres, especially in a 1928 song Bix did with the Paul Whitman orchestra, Lonely Melody.

Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee is a song by Irving Berlin in the musical comedy Face the Music, which opened in 1932. The song is sung by a group of once-wealthy citizens who were awaiting better times, as mirrored in the song’s opening lyrics: Just around the corner, there’s a rainbow in the sky.

Banjo played verse on a sweet ballad recorded by Mildred Bailey and Her Orchestra in 1937 If You Ever Should Leave / Heaven Help This Heart of Mine.  Harold Arlen’s Kicking The Gong Around had Jimmy scat-singing, with the band alternating fast and slow tempos..

Dave Didriksen


Hot toe-tapping Dixieland tune,   Sensation Rag, is also on another  one of their CDs, with drummer Dave Didriksen tapping on woodblock.

The buoyant rhythm section sparked by drums provided solid support.

Dip Your Brush In The Sunshine 1931 by Ted Lewis –  Jimmy singing backed by clarinet.


Rick looking up, playing tiba

Rick MacWilliams




Band in ensemble took the intro to I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody with nice tuba solo. Rick’s tuba gives the music support and richness and pushes the beat without racing the time.




These musicians get absolute rapture in making music and delectable hot jazz!!

The Wolverine Jazz Band has been invited to several festivals. They won’t be back here at Primavera until April 26th!   Mark your calendars! Don’t miss this amazing Jazz band!

You can purchase any of their fine CD’s at www.wolverinejazzband.com.

Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante February 15th 2018

8 pc band

Eli and The Hot Six (Seven)

Bo Winiker and Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor saxophone, Kenny Wenzel trombone, Bob Winter piano, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Bob Tomagni drums, Elaine Woo vocals.

Eli and The Hot Six celebrated the Day After Valentine’s Day with romantic songs to a full house of appreciative fans at Primavera Ristorante.  Elaine Woo collected suggestions from fans last month, and the requests  were presented tonight in various musical styles and tempos.

This Band honors the New Orleans tradition of ensemble improvising while featuring the solo brilliance of its distinctive, contemporary musical personalities:

Bob on keyboard and laughing

Bob Winter



Berklee’s Bob Winter played a soaring melody with  a song written by Wright & Forest in 1944 for an operetta called Song of Norway – Strange Music.  




Bo Winiker with handkerchief hanging down near trumpet

Bo Winiker



Bo Winiker evoked Louis Armstrong, singing and playing Hello Dolly.

(Double click photos to enlarge.)


Ted on tenor sax

Ted Casher




Ted Casher played fluent and eloquent tenor sax with  At The Jazz Band Ball:  never get enough of his tenor sax!!





Elaine Woo


Ellaine brought her list of love songs depicting songs from beginning of love through it’s final result:  So Many Stars, Love Is a Simple Thing.
She even sang Jimmy Enright’s favorite Sleepy Lagoon, asking the band to play it in different dance styles.  Even though they were unfamiliar with the tune, they did it tastefully in 3/4 time waltz, fox trot, and Hot Swing.



Phil on muted trumpet

Phil Person



Berklee’s Phil Person played a range of toning and shading on a mellow Mood Indigo.  Beautiful!






‘Regulars’ Bill and Despina had requested the Gershwins’ They Can’t Take That Away From Me.  With Elaine spellbinding the audience, the love songs continued – Ted’s tenor sax  backed her on I’ve Got a Crush On You  and  Dave Frishberg’s Our Love Goes On.

Elaine in front of band

Elaine Woo and the Band

Bob Tomagni



The instrumental on South Rampart St. Parade was a BARNBURNER, with Berklee’s Bob Tomagni showing off his craftsmanship.  It doesn’t get any better than this!!

You can’t go wrong with this front line:

all playing

Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Phil Person, Kenny Wenzel

Berklee’s Kenny Wenzel and Eli Newberger were featured in a fabulous Limehouse Blues.  (Kenny plays every Tuesday at Martini’s in Plymouth.)

Eli and Kenny duet

Eli Newberger and Kenny Wenzel play Limehouse Blues

Ted was asked to sing a love song in his ‘native language’.  He sang a popular Yiddish song composed by Jacob Jacobs and Sholom Secunda in 1932, made famous by the Andrew Sisters – Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen “To Me You’re Beautiful”.

Jimmy singing and playing banjo with Bob Winter left and Eli on right, behind him

Jimmy Mazzy



The inimitable Jimmy Mazzy sang a song Eubie Blake wrote for his wife, Goodnight Angeline.



In closing, Nat Coolidge joined Elaine in singing Some Enchanted Evening, followed by an uptempo Lady Be Good.

We’ll be good, waiting patiently until next month, when Eli and The Hot Six return on March 15th, maybe with another Full House!!Room filled with people sitting at tables.


(Our thanks to brother Bill Winiker for posting it on line in Milis.)