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!

Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante, March 10, 2016

by Marce

Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor and soprano sax, Kenny Wenzel trombone, Bob Winter keyboard, Jim Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba, Elaine Woo vocals

The Hot Six were full of surprises last month! Substitutes tend to make changes in the sound of a band; even one sub makes a difference.  But we had two subs and a delightful addition this evening!  Bob Tamagni was on drums for Jeff Guthery.   Herb Gardner was out with a broken hip so trombonist Kenny Wenzel filled in.

The delightful addition was vocalist, Elaine Woo (another Doctor) who immediately captured us,  picking just the right tempo  and interacting with the audience.

The band started with a Bossa Nova on Muskrat Ramble, setting the mood for an evening of delectable, hot music.Their livewire ensembles were spontaneous and creative!

vocalist in bright red sleeveless blouse

Elaine Woo

 

Eli introduced Elaine Woo, who is a Primary Care Physician in Geriatrics.She was a joy! She seemed delighted to be here and her pleasure came through, captivating us with fine vocal on Who Could Ask For Anything More, Embraceable You; with Ted on tenor sax and Bo on flugel horn.  This was a killer!  Elaine couldn’t stand still, and was dancing and quietly humming along behind the soloists.

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Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me featured Bo playing warm melodic lines on muted trumpet, Bob Winter playing rich tones on keyboard, with soft drumming by Tamagni.   Winter suddenly jumped the beat, setting the band into breakneck tempo!

Jimmy and Eli

Jimmy sings C’est çi Bon

 

 

 

They slowed the pace Jimmy singing a beautiful ballad made famous by Eartha Kitt, C’est çi Bon.

 

 

 

 

Elaine returned with Just in Time,  picking up just the right tempo.  She was softly humming behind soloists, and ended it with expert scat singing.  She continued with Cole Porter’s It’s All Right With Me, with Tamagni softly slapping a tambourine in the background.

Bob’s drum set is very sparse; bass, snare, small tom and one cymbal.  But his drumming and expressions are priceless!  He says drums are just as musical as any other instrument, and demonstrated by playing melody on drums on San.

Tamagni looking up and smiling Tamagni hitting one drum stick with another held on drum

Kenny on trombone and Bo on trumpet played an amazing duet on Limehouse Blues.

Gray haired lady and daughter

Jeannine James birthday surprise.

 

 

The tune was cut short so they could play Happy Birthday for Jeannine James, who was celebrating here with her daughter. and some friends.

Jeannine is one of the ‘regulars’, here every Thursday at Primavera.

 

 

Ted Casher has to be the busiest musician in New England – he’s playing almost every night!  He was at his best tonight playing a breathtaking solo on Stardust, with Kenny Wenzel on trombone.
Stardust

Kenny Wenzel is at Martini’s in Plymouth every Tuesday.

Bob smiling away on keyboard


Bob Winter loves to play piano.

 

For the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, Bob Winter played Little Town in the Old County Down.

Bob loves to play piano (or in this instance, keyboard) and takes absolute rapture in making music.  He followed with When Irish Eyes Are Smiling with everyone joining in singing.

 

 

Medium-fast, Get Happy, his keyboard was backed by tambourine; smooth flugelhorn, with Tamagni taking a romping drum solo. Eli closed it with a curt tuba phrase: “Shave and a haircut, two bits.”

Bo was on smokey flugelhorn again on Errol Garner’s Misty, with trombone and tenor sax playing harmony, followed by Jimmy’s inimitable vocal.  We never get tired of listening to Jimmy sing ballads.

With time running out, Eli surprised us on Royal Garden Blues, with a rousing tuba solo backed only by the front line playing in stop time.

slarinet, trumpet, trombone

Hot Six front line, Ted Casher, Bo Winiker and Kenny Wenzel

All of these seasoned veterans have the expertise gained from years of experience.  They have a special passion for the music, respectfully listening and supporting each other –  playing as much for each other as for the fans.

They returned April 14th, and it was even more fun!  We’re working on that one now.

They will be at Primavera regularly for your listening pleasure on the 3rd Thursday of every month – next one is May 19th.    Come join us for some matchless, timeless music!

Eli’s All-Stars at the Sherborn Inn, 4 September 2014

7 pc trad jazz band

Eli’s All-Stars

Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet, tenor and soprano sax, Herb Gardner trombone, vocal, Bob Winter piano, Jim Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba, Jeff Guthery drums,

Fresh from two sold-out performances with the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the All-Stars were raring to go.  Trumpeter Phil Person completed an exciting front line, subbing for Bo Winiker.

front line, soprano sax, trumpet, trombone, sitting on high stools

Ted Casher, Phil Person, Herb Gardner

They started hot and heavy with Tijuana, a hot Latin tune.  It set the tone for the rest of the evening with these world-class musicians. Herb Gardner’s trombone took the intro on Spencer Williams’ 1926 Basin St. Blues, Jim singing, followed by banjo and tuba.

Ted took center stage with a fiery Lady Be Good on tenor sax. The band followed with a brassy Twelfth St. Rag that resonated off the ceiling!

Ted in front of band blasting on tenor sax.

Ted suggests that the ladies be good.

This Jazz is pure pleasure!  Always creative, Eli presented brand new material.  They tried out differing duets on a Stan Rubin tune, Miss Ida Blue, first clarinet with piano, then banjo and trombone, backed by a soft ensemble.  They tried three different endings until they found the one they liked.

Ted’s Harlem Nocturne on tenor sax was absolutely tantalizing; we never get enough of that wrenching tenor sax!  Also can’t get enough of Jimmy Mazzy’s unique style of singing, Someone to Watch Over Me, S’Wonderful.  He did a mournful, heartbreaking version of Al Jolson’s Swanee; the depth of his loneliness resounding in his voice.  They don’t need any more vocalists!

Bob winter was featured in another piano solo with The Man I Love;  fingers delicately floating over the piano, creating a masterpiece.

Bob Winter, pianist for the Boston Pops

Bob Winter, pianist for the Boston Pops

Herb Gardner returned on trombone and singing Nice Work If You Can Get It. 

Herb up front playing trombone

Herb Gardner

Nice work!  Herb keeps busy leading Stan Rubin’s Band at Swing 46 in Manhattan every Wednesday, backing the American powerhouse vocal trio, Red Molly, or playing piano for the New Black Eagle Jazz Band.

Phil Person was an apt substitute for Bo Winiker.  Phil is an Assistant Professor at Berklee, and has performed with Al Grey, Buddy Defranco, Tony Bennett, Keely Smith, Jack Jones, Scott Hamilton, Dick Johnson, Phil Wilson, Kay Starr, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Margaret Whiting, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (directed by Buddy Morrow), Alan Dawson, Ricky Ford, Howard Johnson, and Ray Santisi, among others.

Phil Person was featured on Wait ‘til You Hear From Me,  playing fluid, sweet trumpet. Remarkable talent!

Phil playing muted trumpet

Bob Winter played a cool piano intro to South, with Ted on pure soprano sax, Jeff tapping temple blocks.

Jeff tapping on temple blocks, Ted on Sop Sax

Jeff keeps Traditional Jazz Beat on graduated temple blocks

Jimmy on banjo, Eli on reverberating turbo-charged tuba.  The two create synergetic magic.

Jimmy banjo, Eli standing on tuba

It was one of the highlights of the evening!

Bob smiling at Jimmy
Jimmy was featured on a tune that nobody else but Eli seemed to know, Tomorrow Night.  

It’s obvious Bob enjoys playing with the All-Stars, and listening to Jimmy and Eli.

 

Ted Casher sang his signature song with gusto, supported by Phil’s trumpet, I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You.  (He dedicated it to Arthur S. DeMoulas.)  The tempo picked up with outstanding trumpet, piano, tuba – all building up to a WILD conclusion!  What a way to close an afternoon of amazing Jazz here at the Sherborn Inn.

Where was Carolyn Newberger?  Carolyn was sitting at the band table, sketching away as usual – she’ll have some great ones of the band.

One of her watercolors was recently accepted into the 14th Biennial North American Open Show of the New England Watercolor Society. The exhibition will be from October 15 to November 8 at the Plymouth MA Center for the Arts, 11 North St. Reception is October 18 from 2-4pm.

Carolyn's water color picture of a lady sitting sideways, leaning on her  arms

On September 13th Eli’s All-Stars kicked off Highland Jazz’s 32nd Concert Series in Newton, MA.  They’ll be back again at the Sherborn Inn on Thursday, October 2nd.  Don’t miss this one!  November and December Thursdays have been cancelled because of too many Holiday Functions.

See you October 2nd??

Marce

Eli’s All-Stars at the Sherborn Inn, August 7, 2014

7-pc Trad Jazz Band

Bo Winiker trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet, tenor and soprano sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter piano, Jim Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba, Jeff Guthery drums, Carolyn Newberger washboard

This was a superb evening, with the All-Stars’ driving classic jazz, enjoying each other’s company.  They were playing for each other, as much as the people, but the audience couldn’t help participating.   The band played a treasure trove of Louis Armstrong hits.  Instead of featuring a single vocalist, leader Eli Newberger took advantage of the many fine voices in the band, especially Jimmy Mazzy.  (We never tire of hearing Jimmy!)

Ted on clarinet

 

 

Ted started with an aggressive clarinet on Muscat Ramble, written by Kid Ory and first recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five in 1926.  Eli’s All Stars played it with explosive polyphonic ensemble!

 

 

Herb sings

Herb sings Old Rocking Chair.

 

 

 

Herb Gardner took the first vocal on Irving Berlin’s Old Rocking Chair.  He was spellbinding!  Rocking chair will never get him.

 

 

 

Bo Winiker’s trumpet spearheaded this tribute to Louis Armstrong.  His passion is obvious on Louis’s Hello Dolly.

Jimmy playing banjo and singing

The one and only in the world.

 

 

The one and only Jimmy Mazzy sang many tunes, starting with a powerful vocal on an Armstrong rarity, Irish Black Bottom.

 

 

 

 

Only three of them were familiar with it, this was the first of several tunes that many of the band had never played before.  There was some good natured bantering by the guys in the front line on how they would approach it.  But great musicians can make it happen.   The buoyant rhythm section was sparked by Guthery’s drums.  Jeff  has added something new to his Trad Jazz drum set – a set of four ancient temple blocks, putting them to good use.

snare drum, one tom, ride cymbal,cow bell, four ancient temple blocks

Jeff Guthery and his unique Traditional Jazz drums

Potato Head Blues was requested by a friend in the audience.  There was a jovial  discussion by the men in the front line on how to approach this. Bo gave it the Armstrong touch, concluding with a triumphant ride-out final chorus.

Jimmy dreamy ballad, Kiss to Build a Dream On, was backed by harmonically sophisticated ensemble.

Mosaic has just released the entire Louis collection that also contains tunes from Louis’s Hot 5 and Hot 7.  One of the tunes, Cornet Chop Suey, influenced a 14-year old Eli Newberger to play this kind of music.  Resourceful Herb Gardner created this arrangement, and played Trummy’s bright, energetic sound on trombone with the band’s tempestuous performance.

Change of pace – Jimmy started St James Infirmary in a melancholy tone (it’s someone lamenting the death of their loved one) when the band picked up the tempo.  On impulse, Eli jumped up and joined Winter for four-handed piano.  (Eli was the original piano player for the Black Eagle Jazz Band.)

Eli and Bob on piano

Four-handed piano

Another tune most had never played before, Ol Miss, Ted lead on soprano sax, with Jimmy scatting.  The energy level was so high the audience began clapping in time.

C’est Si Bon, an unqualified gem, they were really enjoying this.  Bob’s piano sounded  like a rippling waterfall.  The front line took turns on various duets, trumpet and trombone, clarinet and drum, tuba and banjo.   Nice!

trumpet and trombone drum and clarinet banjo and drum

Jim began another soft melodic vocal on Basin St. Blues.   Bob changed the tempo into ¾ time on piano, before the band kicked it up into double time.

Eli called up Carolyn Newberger with an instrument usually associated with woman’s work, the washboard.  But this woman is an accomplished, prize winning artist; she was busy sketching pictures of the band until now.  At one time she was a First Grade teacher who put hubby Eli through Medical School.

The tune was Don’t Forget to Mess Around When You’re Doing the Charleston.  (Mess Around was the name of a dance in the 20’s.)

Carolyn on washboard Carolyn bent over washboard

Carolyn’s enthusiasm stirred Bob Winter into a piano/washboard duet.  Nowhere else are you going to hear anything like this!!

Bo, singing with eyes closed, holding a Louis handkerchief

 

 

 

Bo put heart and soul into his vocal into Louis’s Wonderful World, closing on trumpet with an exuberant high note.

 

 

The whole evening was such a pleasure no one wanted it to end, but we were already on overtime.  They closed with a philosophical contemplation, with only Bob on piano and Jimmy banjo and vocal, You’ll Never Walk Alone.

They’ll be back again with another evening of Traditional jazz on the first Thursday of next month, September 4th, just after Labor Day.  Join us for some revitalizing Classic Jazz!

Eli’s All Stars with vocalist Gabrielle Goodman at the Sherborn Inn, July 3, 2014

7 pc Trad Band

Eli’s All-Stars at the Sherborn Inn

Bob Winter piano, Eli Newberger tuba, Jeff Guthery drums, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor and soprano sax, Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Herb Gardner trombone/piano,

Threatening storms, Hurricane Arthur coming up the coast, the upcoming holiday, nothing deterred revelers at the Sherborn Inn who came to hear Eli’s All-Stars. It was also Bo Winiker’s birthday, and the whole Winiker Family was here, including Mom.

clarinet, trumpet, trombone

 

 

The band celebrated Louis Armstrong with Strutting With Some Barbecue, and then a blues, Basin St. Blues, Bo leading on trumpet with band playing counterpoint.

Eli joins Bob at piano

Eli joins Bob at piano

 

 

 

Eli joined Bob at the piano, and the beat quickly turned to Jump ‘n Jive; then back into a slow beat, Jeff soft drum roll, front line closing with a slow, joint wa, wa, wa.   Marvelous!

 

 

 

 

Ted Casher’s tribute to Louis was a raucous vocal on his 1930s novelty tune, I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal You. 

African-American vocalist with head thrown back belting out tuneEli introduced vocalist Gabrielle Goodman, a jazz, R&B, classical and gospel vocalist, and Professor of Voice, with a four octave voice range, who teaches at Berklee.   Happy 4th of July, even if is the day before”  she said, and began with Bring It on Home to Me a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released in 1962. The song has become a pop standard, covered by numerous artists of different genres, but none could compare to this lady.  She had us captivated from the first note!

Route 66 – Gabrielle had us clapping in time before she even uttered a note.  She ruled!  Scatting like Sarah Vaughn, she lead the band with her numerous changes in tempo.  She asked “Who is deeply in love?” and Carolyn Newberger’s hand shot up.  Gabby responded with a silky, smooth, My Funny Valentine, with Ted’s emotional tenor saxophone, and Bo Winiker on smoky flugelhorn.  Heartrending!

She took us on a trip on a familiar special train that goes from lower Manhattan to Harlem, with a passionate, hard-charging romp on The A Train.  The crowd was enthralled and responded with heavy applause.

Eli standing, attacking the tuba like the old days at the Sticky Wicket.

 

 

Eli announced the next song was written by a trombone player (heavy groan here).  But the trombone player was Edward “Kid” Ory and this was his Muskat Ramble.

Herb Gardner took over for his fine rendition, then Eli let loose with a turbo charged tuba, with backup from pulsating piano and drums.

 

 

 

 

Herb on piano
While the band took a break, Herb Gardner took over the piano with a novelty tune about New Hampshire’s “Summer People” – “They’re only here until Labor Day, then Back in October for the foliage.”

 

 

 

Bo on strong flugelhorn

 

 

Back Home Again in Indiana featured Bo on full, rich, open flugelhorn.

 

 

Louis Armstrong used to begin his All Stars with another tune that Bo has been working on.  Herb did the arrangement; Bo featured on trumpet with a freewheeling rendition of Cornet Chop Suey.  Fabulous!

Gabby returned with Taking a Chance on Love, a song she recorded on her second CD. She sang this as a ballad in honor of the 4th of July.  It was one swinging ballad!

She asked if she could change the schedule of tunes, in order to sing Misty, just her and Bob on piano.  Lovely! They have often worked together; he’s a great friend and pianist for the Boston Pops.  Gabrielle has an impressive background; her expertise spans the entire jazz era up to modern jazz.

Bob Winter on pianoBob Winter was featured on piano with Someone To Watch Over Me, Bo adding soft, mellow flugelhorn.

left profile of Gabrielle

Gabrielle sings an awesome America The Beautiful

 

 

To celebrate our country’s birthday, Gabby contributed a profound, soulful America the Beautiful.  It left the audience in awe!

 

 

 

 

Eli requested a ‘change of pace’, introducing Carolyn Newberger on washboard.   Carolyn played washboard years ago in a café they started when they were Directors at the International Residence Hall at Yale.   The washboard had been stored in the attic for 50 years, until Eli found it.

Carolyn on washboard using spoons

Now Carolyn is merrily playing washboard with many of Eli’s bands;  usually Coney Island Washboard Roundelay; but not this time.  This time she delighted the audience with spoons on washboard on James P. Johnson’s The Charleston.

Carolyn sketching musicians and smiling

Carolyn sketching musicians

When she’s not playing washboard with the band, she’s pencil-sketching the musicians.  She is an accomplished painter and has had three showings this month, one at Framingham’s Danforth Gallery where she received an award.  Tonight she did a couple of sketches of Gabrielle, and one of Bo.

Gabby sketch by Carolyn Gabby face sketch by  Carolyn sketch of Bo playing trumpet

Eli’s All-Stars surprised us by closing with When The Saints Go Marching In, and they marched, up and down the aisles – even Jeff with his snare drum, ‘The Saints’ went marching in.

Bo leading parade

Bo leads parade up the aisles

Bill Winiker takes photo of parade, while his Mother  watches

Bill Winiker takes photo of parade

Glorious way to end this celebration of our Country and Bo Winiker’s birthday!

The All Stars will be back here at the Sherborn Inn on the 1st Thursday of every month, next is August 7th.  They will be at  Barrington Stage Company, Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, MA on August 24 and 25.  They will also kick-off the 32nd Highland Jazz Series  in Newton, MA on September 13th.

Gabrielle continues teaching at Berklee.  We hope she’ll be back!

 

Eli’s All-Stars at the Sherborn Inn, April 3, 2014

7 traditional jazz guys posing in front of piano with big grins

Eli’s All Stars at the Sherborn Inn, April 3, 2014 – Kick-off for regular 1st Thursday of the month

Eli’s All Stars with Bob Winter, the pianist with the Boston Pops; giant of the Boston jazz scene, Bo Winniker trumpet, Herb Gardner trombone, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor sax, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Jeff Guthery drums and Rebecca Sullivan vocals.

Eli has gathered seasoned professionals who have made jazz music their life’s work for over 50 years – it’s their first love.  They came from everywhere, Herb Gardner from the New Jersey Jazz Society gig the day before, Jimmy Mazzy from a week in Florida with the Williams Reunion Jazz Band, Ted Casher from the Crosby Whistle Stop in Charlestown.  Bob Winter – who knows?  Bo Winniker is younger, but he was raised listening to his parent’s Winniker Orchestra.  With friendly competition and improvisational skills they sound more dynamic with each new appearance at the Sherborn Inn
Front LineThey connected with each other, and they connected with the audience, right from the start – with Ted on clarinet for 1917 Rose Room, and a fiery At The Jazz Band Ball, first played by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917.

Rebecca in simple white dress with black belt

Rebecca Sullivan, vocalist with Eli’s All Stars

Rebecca Sullivan is already a jazz vocalist, songwriter and educator.  She’ll receive her degree this year from the New England Conservatory of Music, and head for Scotland in August.  You can hear Billie Holiday inflections in a lovely Stardust, but her voice is attractive wholly on its own.  She continued with Bo Winniker’s trumpet and Ted Casher’s tenor sax at breakneck speed on ‘Deed I Do.

 

Cheek to Cheek:

Summertime provided marvelous solos:

Somewhere Over The Rainbow with fresh and different solos by piano, trumpet and muted trombone.

Eli Newberger on circa 1909 Holton Del Negro CC tuba

Eli Newberger on circa 1909 Holton Del Negro CC tuba

 

 

Eli embraces his circa 1909 Holton Del Negro tuba as he offers just the right chords behind soloists.

It’s a gorgeous instrument, with an expressive quality unlike other tubas – and no one better to express it!

 

 

 

Squeeze Me

Jeff Guthery on New Orleans Traditional Jazz Drumset

Jeff Guthery on New Orleans Traditional Jazz Drumset

 

 

Jeff Guthery provides the propulsion so these All-Stars have the freedom to follow their fancies.   New Orleans bands of 20s couldn’t record bass and drums, so they played on wood block and bell.   Jeff’s drum set is very simple, just a snare drum, floor tom, wood block, cow bell, 6” cymbal.  Not even a high-hat.  He added a suspended ride cymbal, just arrived.  Fresh out of the box, he brought the 20” Turk Ride Cymbal in for its first trial.

 

 

 

He took an eight-bar intro to I Got Rhythm, Ted following on tenor, Bo’s amazing trumpet solo with band in stop-time, Rebecca vocal, followed by the whole ensemble making rhythm swing.  The listeners were sitting on the end of their seats.  This enthusiastic audience does listen!

Jimmy and banjo

The inimitable Jimmy Mazzy

At the request of the front line, Jimmy gave a demo of when D flat comes in on Fidgety Feet.  Jimmy instinctively played the whole thing.  They said:  “ We’ll keep going ‘till we get it right”.   Sure sounded right to us!  Jimmy and Eli had a duet on a song that has many names – we’ll stick to Chicago Breakdown, with Jim scatting.  They make a great team

 

Jimmy sings Till Then

Eli says, “Here is a tender interpretation by Jimmy Mazzy, the banjo virtuoso and singer, of a popular song written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, and Guy Wood to express a World War II soldiers plea to his sweetheart to await his coming home. Its sweetness and uncertainty — and Jimmy’s profound sense of the poetic and musical meaning — is complemented by Bo Winiker’s gorgeous flugelhorn solo and Bob Winter’s sensitive exploration of the melodic line.”

Ted Casher was featured on Body & Soul, using tenor sax subtones like Coleman Hawkins’ masterpiece that makes women swoon.  Sensational!

 

Bob smiling at piano

Bob Winter creates a concerto out of Oh By Jingo!

Eli asked Bob for a fast tune.  Oh By Jingo became a hit in the post-World War I era, 1919.  With prodigious technique, he made this novelty tune sound like a concerto!

Eventually these marvelous videos may end up as a DVD. We hope.

Time for one more tune, an old New Orleans favorite sung by Jimmy, who feels the pain in every word.  No pain in the music, it was so hot and heavy, Eli jumped up to join Bob at the piano for a rocketing chorus of St. James Infirmary Blues.  Amazing ending.

Bob sitting playing high notes, Eli standing playing low nores

Eli joins Bob Winter on swinging hot St. James Infirmary Blues

We are so fortunate to have these professional musicians playing here for us at the Sherborn Inn.  Anyone passing through wonders how come they haven’t heard this before?  Because it’s not played on radio or television; you can only hear this fantastic aggregation of musicians right here at the Sherborn Inn.  Join us On May 1st and the 1st Thursday of every month for more Great Jazz!

By Marce
Videos by Kathy Wittman, BallSquare films,
Sound by Frank Cunningham

Eli’s All-Stars at the Sherborn Inn, February 4, 2014

Band lined up in front of piano

Eli’s All Stars                                                              photo by Kathy Wittman

Eli’s All Stars with Bob Winter, the pianist with the Boston Pops; giant of the Boston jazz scene, Bo Winniker trumpet, Herb Gardner trombone, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor sax, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Jeff Guthery drums and Rebecca Sullivan vocals. Over the past year the band has incrementally morphed from a trio to an octet and sounds more dynamic with each new appearance at the Sherborn Inn.  (stay tuned – for more photos and videos)

The original Traditional Jazz bands of Joe “King” Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and W.C. Handy included banjo and tuba in their rhythm sections.  Eli Newberger follows their style of Traditional Jazz, playing tuba while leading a band of outstanding musicians.

The music room at the Sherborn Inn was filled with a crowd from Greater Boston, who appreciate Traditional Jazz and Swing.  There were many musicians in the audience; even Bill Winiker was here to back his brother Bo.

The All-Stars kicked it off with Ted Casher’s 16-bar clarinet improvisation on Lady Be Good.  Winter led vocalist Rebecca Sullivan with a piano intro on I’m In The Mood For Love.  Rebecca did many fine vocals, manipulating the phrasing and tempo.  On ‘Deed I do, Rebecca performed wonderful scatting conversations with clarinet, trumpet and trombone.  My One And Only Love, sung with soul, was performed as a duet with the piano.  Lovely.

Rebecca, Jeff, and Ted

Ted Back’s Rebecca with soft tenor sax

Ted was featured with Klezmer clarinet intro, singing in growling voice on multiple verses of Bei Mir Bis du Schoen, a tune that caught people by surprise.  He settled into the Ted we know while singing the chorus.  Jeff kept time tapping the rims of his simple Traditional Jazz drum set where he has recently removed the hi-hat, excess cymbals, and tom toms to achieve a more authentic Trad Jazz sound. Excellent.

Eli turned the page to Ellington, with Bob Winter featured on Sophisticated Lady.  Bob plays from the heart; constructing deeply moving music.  He has extensive performing experience in clubs, television, radio, and theaters, including performances with Henry Mancini, Teddy Wilson, Buddy DeFranco, Mel Torme, Luciano Pavarotti, Eddie Daniels, Stan Getz, Cleo Laine/John Dankworth, and Airto Moreira.

Rebecca returned  with Jazzy scatting on S’posing  – including a great section of tuba trading 4s with drums, followed by one of Jimmy’s meticulous banjo solos.  The More I See You had Rebecca start with melody backed by Ted’s soft tenor. Ted Casher (our own Coleman Hawkins), plays sweet tenor sax. They moved upbeat, with Rebecca singing and scatting along with Winter’s piano.

Chinatown featured Jimmy on banjo and vocal, with Ted on soprano sax solidly amplifying the front line.   Jeff let loose on drums, turning it into a swinging tune; Eli had everyone clapping the beat.  Delightful performance!

When the band took a break.  Herb Gardner sat at the piano and delighted the audience with his skill on the keys while Bob Winter looked on with a gleaming smile.  Resilient spirit, Herb was supposed to be in New Jersey the night before, playing for the New Jersey Jazz Society.  Our sympathy goes out to them – their concert had to be cancelled because of heavy snow – as were airplane flights, so WE were fortunate to have Herb Gardner here!  Sorry, NJJS.

Herb Gardner at the piano, talking on mic, with Bob Winter smiling in the background.

Herb Gardner during the break

Herb played and sang his own version of “The Ground Hog Song”.  “I want to hibernate with you until it’s Ground Hog Day”.  That’s all we’ll say about that.  A solid entertainer, he is a fine piano player and vocalist, as well as famous for his trombone work, and his daughter, vocalist Abbie Gardner.

Bob and Eli on baby grand

Bob and Eli on baby grand

 

 

The emotional register switched to sunny and warm with Ted featured on a special rendition of Night Train with gut-wrenching tenor sax playing. Fabulous!  Jimmy took this vocal scatting, while Bo Winiker played smokey flugel horn.  Eli joined Bob for that last, eight-to-the-bar, rocketing chorus of “Night Train.”  It doesn’t get any better than this!

 

Rebecca returned with a swinging, rousing vocal Them There Eyes, with Eli in background.  Eli plays tuba behind everyone – but it’s so smooth, you don’t even realize he’s there – the music is subtly enhanced, intensified.

Something new – they played Brubeck’s Take Five; first time they’ve ever played it, and it was the first time Eli played a jazz tune with a 5/4 time signature.

one snare drum, one tom used as bass, one six-inch cymbal

Jeff Guthery on authentic Traditional Jazz Drum

Jeff handled it brilliantly.  He was an international businessman – now he’s finally following his dream as a student at Berklee, and playing drums regularly with the All-Stars.

Eli gave Jimmy a choice of songs – that’s always dangerous, as he has a repertoire that goes back to the late 1890′s.  He only revisited the early 1930’s for this one – I’ll Never Be The Same; a performance of just Jimmy backed by soft tuba.

Pianist Teddy Wilson used this tune to bring vocalist Billie Holiday and tenor saxophonist Lester Young together at a 1937 session.  They would have loved Jimmy and Ely’s version!

Jim singing and playing banjo, Eli looking on, smiling

Friends and compadres, Jimmy Mazzy and Eli Newberger

What a Difference a Day Makes, Rebecca returned for another nice ballad.  She got things moving with up-tempo scatting on Oh, Oh, Oh, What a Little Moonlight Can D, with clarinet, trumpet and trombone bouncing off each other.  Bo’s left leg kept jumping up and down with the beat – it was such a barn burner!

 Closing time approached, and they closed this marvelous evening with another Dixieland War Horse, South Rampart St. Parade. They did justice to its infinite references to many songs, with  Jeff going wild on drums!

Usually it ends in a trumpet flourish, but veteran Herb Gardner took it on trombone, leaving all of us asking for more, more!

There will be more.  This was an evening filled with great Jazz played by the best.  For those of you who missed it, there will be many more.

Eli’s All-Stars will begin a regular gig the 1st Thursday of  every month 7-9:30pm with this same group at the Sherborn Inn.  Come join us for some outstanding Traditional Jazz and Swing!

Videos by Kathy Wittman, BallSquare films, sound by Frank Cunningham

Rebecca Sullivan, Bob Winter, and Eli’s All-Stars – Part II

Rebecca in Red Sweater over pink and white dress

Rebecca Sullivan

On December 3, 2013, the marvelous Rebecca Sullivan, a graduate student from Chicago in Contemporary Improvisation (Voice) at New England Conservatory of Music, joined her Conservatory Board mentor, Eli Newberger, tuba, and a group of stellar Boston-area players at a live performance at the Sherborn Inn in Sherborn, MA.
The musicians, from left to right:
Bob Winter (pianist with the Boston Pops)
Jimmy Mazzy, banjo
Eli Newberger, tuba
Rebecca Sullivan, vocals
Jeff Guthery, drums (Berklee College of Music)
Ted Casher, clarinet and tenor sax
Bo Winiker, trumpet
Herb Gardner, trombone.

This is the first release from that session.
Video by Kathy Wittman, recorded by WGBH’s Frank Cunningham

Two additional dates for recording have been set at the Sherborn Inn: January 14, and February 4, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:30. Reserve early! (see below)

Note how these fabulous musicians listen to and engage with one another! At the end of Bob’s 3 solo piano choruses, in which he descends backward in jazz history from single-note bebop-inflected cool to a lovely tip of the hat to Erroll Garner and back to Fats Waller, where the song began.

At the end of the chorus, he turns a phrase that Rebecca picks up for 4 measures of the next and throws to Bo, who turns it around and throws it back to begin a stunning exchange of 4-measure intervals before Rebecca takes it out over the entire ensemble.
Two additional dates for recording have been set: January 14, and February 4, 2014.
Audio by Frank Cunningham
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Video by Kathy Wittman
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Eli’s All Stars with Bob Winter piano at the Sherborn Inn, December 3, 2013

Piano, banjo, tuba - left side of band

Jeff Guthery, Ted Casher, Bo Winniker, Herb  x, Eli's All Stars

Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Bob Winter piano, Rebecca Sullivan vocals, Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Herb Gardner trombone, Ted Casher reeds, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Jeff Guthery drums, Carolyn Newberger washboard.

Everyone was at the top of their form at the Sherborn Inn on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Sherborn Inn, the Last Tuesday Jazz for this year.

Bob Winter approached the piano and started playing Undecided.  After 32 plus years of playing piano for the Boston Pops, and backing all its vocalists, he’s very comfortable at the piano.  (It was in perfect pitch because Jimmy Mazzy gave it an emergency tune up.)

Bob playing piano and laughing

Bob Winter duo with Bo Winniker           Photo by Kathy Wittman, ball square FILMS

 

 

Bo Winiker on flugelhorn

Bo Winiker on flugelhorn

Bo Winker joined Winter on silky-smooth flugelhorn for a duo performance, as the remainder of the band slipped in.

Winiker made a magnificent contribution all evening on  trumpet and flugelhorn, and backing vocalist Rebecca Sullivan.

Rebecca Sullivan in red amd white dress and red sweater with one button tied at the center. Rebecca 2 Rebecca 3

Rebecca is in the graduate program at the New England Conservatory of Music, and an asset to the Boston music scene.  She was adventurous and deeply expressive.  Stardust, Perdido, Honeysuckle Rose, My Old Flame,The Man I Love, and Memories of You, are full of passion, zest, virtuosity, lovely expressive nuances, and fabulous interactions between Rebecca and instrumentalists.

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Ted Casher clarinet, Bo Winiker trumpet, Herb Gardner trombone

Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Herb Gardner

Rebecca’s voice and Bob’s piano are captured beautifully on Someone to Watch Over Me.  Winter’s solo variations on Over the Rainbow and Charleston Rag were astounding, provoking gasps of delight from both musicians and audience.  He gave Eli’s tuba a workout on Tico Tico!

Eli grimacing while playing tuba

Eli Newberger attacks the tuba!

Jeff with brushes on  ride cymbal

Jeff Guthery

 

 

After returning from Asia and Europe, Jeff Guthery is finally fulfilling his dream of attending Berklee College of Music.  He knows when to stay out of the way, or kick it up on all genre of music.  In Traditional Jazz he mainly uses brushes on snare drum and cymbals, tapping on the woodblock on Fidgety Feet,

 

 

Bo was featured on trumpet on a magnificent Moonlight in Vermont.  The ubiquitous Ted Casher played with energy and syncopation on clarinet, tenor and soprano sax.

Jimmy Mazzy is famous for his self-taught single-string picking on banjo.  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Winter followed, emulating on single notes, then continued with electrifying piano.

Herb Gardner, monster trombone and piano player from New York, recently moved to Massachusetts.  Welcome, Herb!  Herb and Jimmy’s Trombone Charlie (Herbie) was delightful.

Carolyn with eyes closed playing washboard with spoons

Carolyn enjoys playing washboard!
Photo by Kathy Wittman

Carolyn Newberger was featured on Coney Island Washboard, with Jimmy speaking the words.  Marvelous ensemble backing Ted’s powerful soprano sax in stop time.

Rebecca closed with a sultry My Old Flame, backed by gut-wrenching tenor sax.   The evening was intensely pleasurable and full of spine-tingling moments, filmed for video by Kathy Wittman of Ball Square Films, and recorded by WGBH’s Frank Cunningham.  The upcoming videos will be great!  Stay tuned.

There will be another special evening at the Sherborn Inn January 14th, 2014, when Eli’s All Stars return with cornet player Randy Reinhart.   For those who don’t know him, here he is with most of this band at a Gershwin night at the Tavern Club in Boston two Valentine’s Days ago:

Strike Up the Band
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NsUbQFSlio

They Can’t Take That Away from Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZpJ6VKXLk0

See you there??

Marce

Jazz Tuber Trio Plus Four at the Sherborn Inn, November 12, 2013

Piano, Banjo, Vocalist, Tuba, Drum, Ten Sax, Trombone

Jazz Tuber Trio Eli, Jimmy and Ted, Plus Bob Winter piano, Rebecca Sullivan vocals, Jeff Guthery drums, Herb Gardner trombone, Carolyn Newberger washboard

It certainly was an exciting evening at the Sherborn In on November 12, with Boston Pops’ pianist Bob Winter joining The Jazz Tuber Trio.  Bob Winter has been the pianist for the Boston Pops for over 30 years, but also has extensive experience in clubs, television, radio, and theaters, including performances with Henry Mancini, Teddy Wilson, Buddy DeFranco, Mel Torme, Luciano Pavarotti, Eddie Daniels, Stan Getz, Cleo Laine/John Dankworth, and Airto Moreira.

Bob Winter on piano

Bob Winter

Bob set the mood with piano intro to an upbeat Found a New Baby, just as New York’s  Herb Gardner walked in carrying his trombone case.  Surprise!

Herb Gardner moved to NY in 1963 and  began touring with Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood, was a regular at the Metropole, Jimmy Ryan’s and Eddie Condon’s nightclubs. He’s appeared with virtually all of the classic jazz musicians in the New York City.  He just walked in, took out the trombone, sat down and started playing.

Ted on clarinet, Herb trombone

Ted Casher and Herb Gardner

 

 

We love this marvelous hot jazz.  You never know what’s going to happen next!  Instrumental titans playing delectable hot jazz!

No holds barred – combustible combinations of piano, tenor sax, trombone, Eli’s tuba maintaining a deep underpinning bassline, Jeff Guthery laying down the beat with brushes.

Jeff with brushes on snare drum

Jeff Guthery mostly uses brushes

Eli introduced vocalist Rebecca Sullivan, an accomplished vocalist and teacher, with a three-octave range.  She’s learning something new at the New England Conservatory of Music, with Eli Newberger assigned as her mentor.  She’s an emotionally powerful performer, singing very slowly, which takes considerable skill.

Squeeze Me.

Eli called for a fast tune, Bob responded with a lovely solo on Ida.  (Here he is at the Tavern Club in Boston 2010.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtAF92TCxtE)

Rebecca singing, Jimmy on banjo

Rebecca makes the songs personal and passionate.

 

 

Silky-smooth Satin Doll, Rebecca sings it in her own style, stretching out words and syllables, adding unexpected emphasis, going from low to high when least expected.

 

 

In a more romantic tune, a lovely Someone To Watch Over Me.  We were mesmerized and only caught a partial video.

I can’t Give You Anything But Love, Rebecca almost talking the vocal, backed by Winter on piano.  Eli said “He plays in unconventional keys to support her exceptional range, with an amazing lower register.”

The unpredictable reed-man, Ted Casher began the Ukrainian Ochi Chyornye with tenor sax in Klezmer style,  the band slipping in with Dark Eyes.  Eli’s turbo charged bass riffs gave it energy and drive.

Rebecca, with Jimmy and Eli

Rebecca, with Jimmy and Eli

 

 

Mean to Me,  Rebecca feeling the song.

 

 

 

Jimmy took off in his own unique single-string banjo with Fidgety Feet, Jeff backing him with brushes on snare drum.  Fans had fidgety feet!  Winter finished the last chorus with multi-layered intense piano.

Carolyn Newberger had spent most of the evening listening to the music while drawing  portraits of members of the band.  Carolyn’s Portraits.
(Her works “In The Moment” had a Showing last month at The Harriet Tubman Gallery Boston.)

She sat in on washboard for Louis Armstrong’s 1936 Don’t Forget To Mess Around When You’re Dancing the Charleston, Jimmy on vocal.  The washboard began to come apart, but Carolyn maintained her cool, set it on the floor, holding the instrument vertical and in one piece, never missed a note playing spoons through the whole tune.  Bravo!

Caroline Newberger, resourceful washboard maven, joins the rhythm boys

Carolyn Newberger, resourceful washboard maven, adds rhythm

Eli plays tuba like a solo instrument with energy and drive on Perdido, supported by Jeff’s brushes, the ensemble connecting in breathtaking tempo, led by clarinet and tenor sax.   Listeners were dancing in their seats!

They closed with romping polyphonic ensemble on Royal Garden Blues, Jimmy scatting, each instrument taking a final solo.

Great fun!   And we’ll be doing it all again on December 3rd, with the addition of another titan, Boston’s famous Bo Winiker on trumpet!  See you there?