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, January 14, 2016

7 pc Trad Jazz Band

Eli and The Hot Six

Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet, soprano, and tenor sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keyboard, Jim Mazzy banjo, Eli Newberger tuba, Bob Tamagni drums

Eli Newberger integrated a lively group of Berklee Professors into his Hot Six and put them through their paces playing Dixieland Jazz. (Bob Winter, piano, Phil Person, ear training, and Bob Tamagni, percussion.) Their fiery enthusiasm captivated the audience!

They opened with a stunning Sheik of Araby, Jimmy singing with uncontrolled Mazzy passion. Phil Person followed with on trumpet, then Ted on clarinet, then Herb trombone, the soloists playing for each other as much as the people out front. Bobby Tamagni had only one drum, playing Traditional Jazz by tapping the snare drum or hitting drum sticks together. Eli directed them, then just sat back smiling, listening, enjoying every second.   Jimmy ended it shouting scat choruses.   This was going to be one exciting evening!

Phil taking over on trumpet

Phil Person




None of the musicians knew what they were going to  do – they’ve never played together as a band.  Eli asked Phil if he knew Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me. Phil answered, “I wrote it!”, took the lead and ran with it!



Phil Person performed all through the session with beautifully simple phrasing, deep understanding of the emotions of the music, and respect for the other players. He’s a true gentleman, who always listens and plays with a light touch.

Winter laughing as he plays

Bob Winter does amazing things with Traditional Jazz!

Eli looked for a Trad Jazz War Horse and settled on Royal Garden Blues.  Jimmy and Tamagni trading fours, then Bobby playing a vast range of dynamics on his one snare drum.

Winter playfully demonstrated his energetic musicality with Tamagni tapping a tambourine on his hip. Eli took a masterful tuba solo.  It was never ending with each one taking a solo, sharing their joy in making music.



Henry Red Allen was a New Orleans visionary with a sound all his own.  He recorded a tune that Eli gave to Herb Gardner, playing trombone and singing Who Cares.  Ira Gershwin went over the top with the lyrics: Who cares if the sun cares to fall in the sea? Who cares what banks failed in Yonkers? As long as you’ve got a kiss that conquers!

Herb singing

Herb Gardner featured on Who Cares? with vocal and trombone

Next was Ted Casher featured on gut-wrenching, smoldering tenor sax with Blue and Sentimental.   Pure rapture and euphoria!  We can’t hear it often enough!  We needed a breather after that one.

Eli said “This is a great country  – we’ve got to hold it together” and called for a Patriotic tune, Gershwin’s masterpiece Of Thee I Sing, played solo, by Bob Winter, with great feeling and delight.

Eli upstanding befpre the audience playing fabulous tuba

Eli ……

Back to The Big Easy, a fine New Orleans anthem with Jimmy taking the intro on Basin St. Blues with banjo and song as only he can. Bob Winter played it light and airy.  Eli came up with the tuba hitting high and low, low, low. Jimmy finished it off singing heartfelt blues.


Tamagni with sticks on snare drum

Bob Tamagni rim tapping on drum



The World is Waiting For The Sunrise, an anthem of hope – the banjo player’s national anthem, was introduced by Jimmy rapidly picking banjo, of course, Tamagni taking rim shots on snare drum!





Ted singing, Jimmy playing banjo, Phil and ? listening.

Ted Casher makes up his own vocals on the MTA. Velma Coffey photo.



Ted was featured again with a special vocal all his own, with all of us joining in the chorus, Charlie on The MTA.  Ted had some choice words making up new verses about all the problems we’ve been having with the MBTA.  Bob Winter was laughing and enjoying the whole scene.




Eli asked Sarah (Gardner) Nova to come up for a vocal. (That’s one very musical family!)  She sang a commanding Keep Your Hands Off It.  Sarah has an intuitive grasp of musical dynamics. She has created several CDs that teach children  the joy of music – especially Jazz.

Sarah singing, with full band behind her

Sarah Nova sings Keep Your Hands Off It!


Carrie, Jimmy and Eli

Carrie Sings with Jimmy and Eli backing



Carrie Mazzy was called up next, looking lovingly at Jimmy, singing When I Fall In Love.  They have been married for close to 30 years.  Seems like yesterday!




Carolyn on washboard with spoons

Carolyn Newberger plays washboard to Miami Rumba  (file photo)


Carolyn Newberger put down her scratch pad and picked up an old washboard for one of my favorites, Miami Rumba. Her fervor fascinates the audience!
The whole band joined in, with snare drum in rumba beat.

(Check her sketches below.)






Tough act to follow; Jimmy played and sang a gripping, emotional, Georgia On My Mind.  

Eli completely changed the mood with another barn-burning Dixieland tune, At The Jazz Band Ball, with the band going WILD with ultra-tight all star intensity!  Ted pushed it on hot  soprano sax, drum interacting with tuba. Fantastic!

Everyone needed a break!

Jimmy came up with a breathtaking St. James Infirmary Blues, with lyrics by Josh White.  “I want 6 crapshooters to be my pallbearers, three pretty women to sing a song, Stick a jazz band on my hearse wagon, Raise hell as I stroll along.”  Bobby Tamagni was enjoying himself beating the snare drum with his hands.

It was already closing time.  The band finished with livewire ensemble; outgoing and infectious on a New Orleans tune – wait for it – When The Saints Go Marching In!

Eli and The Hot Six’s videos are now available, from their recent performance celebrating his 75th birthday at Sculler’s Jazz Club: https://www.youtube.com/user/EliNewberger .  That rare traditional  jazz concert was covered by the Boston Globe:

But here is even more….
Carolyn Newberger never stops.  She kept busy as usual with pencil and sketchbook, getting lost in the fabulous Trad and Swing and drawing across both pages!  She shared some of her marvelous artwork with us:

Eli on tuba sketch goes across both pages of the sketch book

Eli Newberger

Jimmy and banjo sketch goes across both pages too

Jimmy Mazzy

Bob playing on snare drum. single page. Nice nustache!

Bob Tamagni

This was indeed a fascinating evening. Berklee professors can actually play Traditional Jazz, and play this happy, foot-stomping music with cheerful enthusiasm!

My apologies for the quality of the photos –
I  borrowed  my  son’s  camera  and  didn’t
know how to use it.  Many thanks to Sarah
for her help in making it useable!!    Marce


Eli and The Hot Six at Marce’s surprise birthday at Primavera

Eli & 5 piece band (Mazzy not here)

Eli and The Hot Six

Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor and soprano sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter piano, Eli Newberger tuba, Carolyn Newberger washboard.  (Jimmy Mazzy was on his way to the Olympia WA Festival.)

This was all about ME ME ME!  Surprise birthday party with my son and daughter-in-law Charles and Carol Sardonini in collusion with Eli Newberger, Briana Musto of Primavera Ristorante, and my drivers Tina and Ralph Cass.  They had this planned for a whole month and I never got wind of it!

Marce coming in the door and surprised to see her whole family there!

It was a complete surprise!!

Many of my children and grandchildren were here.  Youngest son, Dave Sardonini, and his wife Jennifer, and grandson DJ, flew up from Lake Mary Florida to be here.  It was very festive, tables loaded with balloons, with a big 80 in the middle.  It was a blast!   Granddaughter Alison Sardonini took many PICTURES!

Eli and The Hot Six were fired up, having just returned from a very successful  Swingin’ Gershwin at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield.  They led this evening off with Bo Winiker singing Louis Armstrong’s Hello Dolly.  Muscrat Ramble was in a Bossa Nova beat, reinforced by Eli’s tuba and Jeff’s pulsating drums.  Kid Ory retired to Hawaii on the proceeds of that tune!

tuba and trumpet up front

Eli & Bo on Hold Tight


In the ensemble sections, clarinet, cornet and trombone played a three-part counterpoint line typical of 1920s New Orleans bands.

Eli and Bo were featured on Hold Tight.


Herb singing

Herb is multi-instrumental!



Ted was up up for more Gershwin with I’ve Got Rhythm on his awesome tenor sax.

Herb took the vocal on Pennies From Heaven.  His voice is his other instrument, besides trombone, piano, and who knows what else!




The band swung into high gear.  When the music gets to you, you gotta move! Eli’s tuba was the Tiger in Tiger Rag:

Son David (of the Sports Den in Orange City, Florida,) was thrilled to join the band with Cab Calloway’s theme song, Minnie The Moocher. Our official photographer, Alison Sardonini took this fine video of the band and our family.
 Dave Sings Minnie The Moocher.
Dave shook hands with each member of the band afterwards, elated to have been able to sing with this band!

Carolyn Newberger is an accomplished artist and usually sketches the musicians while they are playing.  She caught David in the act. (Sorry Herb!)

pencils sketch of all musicians except Herb Gardner, who was erased so she could add David

Carolyn Newberger’s pencil sketch of David Sardonini with Eli and The Hot Six

Bo playing trumpet in front of my table

Bo Winiker comes right up to our table with



The last set was mine – each of the band members played a song for me!  Eli on a breathtaking tuba solo on Over The Rainbow, Bob Winter getting classicistic on Of Thee I Sing, Bo came right up to the table with The Very Thought of You.


Carolyn Newberger played exciting washboard on a Latin tune, Miami Rhumba

Ted on soprano sax

Ted plays Petite Fleur




Ted touched the bottom of my heart on soprano sax with Bechet’s Petite Fleur. This is a special for me, because I was born a “Petite Fleuette”.




Bo dedicated a tune to my whole family with I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face on flugelhorn. Herb played and sang You Can Depend on Me.  He’s very dependable; has a famous family of his own – daughters all involved with music.  Ted played clarinet and sang a rousing vocal on Swinging on a Star.
“Carry moonbeams home in a jar – And be better off than you are”.  I sure was!

Bob plays keyboard

Bob Winter



Eli asked me to pick the last tune, I like Limehouse Blues, and wouldn’t you know, they had never played it together.

Bob Winter played the first chorus – of course they all knew it.  Ted Casher sang the vocal with the actual lyrics written by Douglas Furber in 1922.   This was the finale for this most auspicious evening.


Thank you, Eli and The Hot Six, Carolyn, Family: Joe and Ellen Sardonini, DeeDee Towne and Daniel Hulub, Dave and Jen Sardonini and Grandkids, Friends, Primavera, Tina and Ralph, Ali for her photos, and especially Carol and Charlie Sardonini for a birthday that I will never forget!

very large birthday cake!

Eli and The Hot Six will be back here on August 20th, and Sculler’s Jazz Club on December 17th.  Stay tuned – we’ll let you know if anything pops up in between.

Thank you all!   Marce



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!


Carolyn Newberger exhibit at Danforth Art Museum wins Honorable Mention

Mixed Media collage 8Jun14Carolyn Newberger’s mixed media collage, “What are we Doing? Where are we Going?” will be in the exhibition, Off the Wall, at the Danforth Art Museum (123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA).  Information about the exhibition is below.  She will be giving a gallery talk at the open house celebration at 3pm on Sunday, June 8.  Hope you can see the show.

A Celebration of our Juried Exhibitions—All are welcome!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Free admission \ 12–5pm
Gallery talks & Hands-on art-making \ 2–4pm
Carolyn’s talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzI0lNyxS24

Annual Juried Exhibitions 2014
June 8–August 3, 2014

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Just Announced!  Selected Artists and Works for 2014 Juried Exhibitions.

About Danforth Art’s Juried Exhibitions

Each year Danforth Art’s Juried Exhibitions Off the Wall and Community of Artists showcase new and exciting contemporary work created by emerging and established artists. Juried annually by a renowned, visiting curator, Off the Wall communicates a unique curatorial vision, and has been reviewed in Art New EnglandartscopeThe Boston GlobeBoston Phoenix, among others. It also receives wide-spread attention from curators, gallery owners, and collectors.

Juror for Off the Wall

Jennifer Gross is the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Prior to joining deCordova, Gross was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, and has held curatorial positions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, where she was also an Assistant Professor.

Over the Moon Open House

A Celebration of our Juried Exhibitions—All are welcome!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Free admission \ 12–5pm
Gallery talks & Hands-on art-making \ 2–4pm

Carolyn Newberger – in SEARCH of the MUSE

January 2-29, 2014

Reception:  January 3, 6-8pm


“I love to draw in dark concert halls, where the challenge is to capture both performer and sound; its rhythm, flow and intensity.  When the moment is right the music flows through my fingers.

Drawing from life, and especially life in motion, presents special challenges.  I am in search of the muse.  Sometimes I feel that I have caught her as images emerge under my fingers that express the excitement of both the living moment and the thrill of its capture.” – Carolyn Newberger

Carolyn Newberger, “Wynton Marsalis in Concert”, Graphite on Paper, 9 x 11 inches

460B Harrison Ave., #B-6
Boston, MA  02118




Eli Newberger’s All-Star Septet, featuring Bob Winter and Randy Reinhart

Feature picture

Eli’s All Star Septet at the Sherborn Inn, January 14, 2014 Randy Reinhart trumpet, Ted Casher Reeds, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter piano, Jimmy Mazzy banjo, Jeff Guthery drums, Eli Newberger tuba,  Rebecca Sullivan vocals, Caroline Newberger washboard.

This was delectable hot jazz by musicians playing from the heart, enjoying the challenge of improvising, never quite knowing what was coming next, deeply listening to each other and responding in lively, pulsating jazz.

The All Stars opened with At the Jazz Band Ball, a jazz instrumental first recorded by the ODJB (Original Dixieland Jass Band) in 1917.  Eli introduced Randy Reinhart , a celebrated virtuoso on cornet, trumpet and slide trombone, just back from playing in Japan.   Randy played lyrical cornet on You Can’t Take That Away From Me, setting the tone for this splendid evening.

Randy Reinhart on cornet

Randy Reinhart

Rebecca Sullivan’s phrasing adds to the sweetness of the songs. Blue Skies, Lullaby of Birdland, Them There Eyes sung in her own unique expressive nuances.   She has an extraordinary broad range, and uses it to the fullest.      Jimmy  took the final vocal, with Ted on tenor sax, cornet  interweaving with trombone.   Fabulous!

Rebecca in black dress

Rebecca Sullivan

Rebecca was backed by all the instrumentalists in a poignant Georgia, with tuba solo that shows why Eli was voted best Traditional Jazz Tuba Player in polls by the Mississippi Rag and Jazzology Magazine.

Bob Winter, smiling and playing piano

Bob Winter loves playing piano!

Bob Winter has played with the Boston Pops and supported vocalists for over 30 years.  He obviously enjoys making fine music and sharing it with us.  His stunning harmonies and sudden key changes on Over the Rainbow took our breath away.  Some of the band literally gasped.  He was featured with a passionate and riveting Satin Doll and backed Rebecca’s capricious Dancing Cheek to Cheek with smooth walking bass notes.  

Jimmy Mazzy plays and sings "Tomorrow Night"

Jimmy Mazzy plays and sings “Tomorrow Night”




Jimmy dug into his storehouse of great early 1900’s tunes and came up with  Tomorrow Night.  Just Jimmy and banjo; soul warming, he really gets his head around the lyrics:




Ted Casher on tenor sax

Ted Casher, powerhouse tenor sax



Ted Casher is a precious gem.  He’s a powerhouse on tenor sax, and was featured on a Lady Be Good that raised goose bumps.  Let’s hope we get a video of this one!  Eventually there will be a DVD,

clarinet, cornet, trombone

Dynamic Front Line

What a Difference a Day Makes – the front line  was a combustible combination, brilliant polyphonic improvisation with extraordinary give and take.   They toned down for the piano solo backed only by Jeff’s fine brushing on the snare drum.

At times Randy’s cornet executed clever embelishments all around Eli’s tuba.   Randy was relaxed and enjoying himself.  So was the audience, intently listening to this fabulous music.

Only ten minutes left, Randy approached the close with an unforgettable Someday You’ll Be Sorry, a tip of the hat to his idol, Louis Armstrong.

Introducing Special guest, Carolyn Newberger, adding spice to the All Stars with her washboard on Jelly Roll Morton’s Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll.

Jimmy, Eli, Jeff, and Carolyn and washboard

Carolyn Newberger adds zest to the All Stars with washboard

They closed with a quick Tiger Rag, originally played by the ODJB in 1917.  Eli’s All Stars played it with equal fiery enthusiasm, with a roaring tuba tiger, great solos – drummer let loose, nice muted trombone by Herb Gardner.   Another barn burner! We’re looking forward to more lively New Orleans Jazz in the next version of Eli’s All Stars with Bob Winter, piano (Boston Pops) and Rebecca Sullivan, vocalist (New England Conservatory), and Bo Winiker, trumpet, with Ted Casher, clarinet and tenor sax, Herb Gardner, trombone, Jeff Guthery, drums, Jimmy Mazzy, drums, Eli Newberger, tuba, and guest washboard wizard, Carolyn Newberger at the Sherborn Inn, 33 N. Main Street, (inters. of Rts. 16 & 27) Sherborn, MA Reservations:  508-655-9521 or info@sherborninn.com.  Hope to see you there!!

Videos by Kathy Wittman, recorded by WGBH’s Frank Cunningham


1. At the Jazz Band Ball
2.  You Can’t Take That Away from Me
3.  Blue Skies
4.  Georgia on My Mind
5.  Satin Doll
6.  Stardust
7.  Cheek to Cheek
8.  Tomorrow (Jimmy’s banjo and vocal)
9.  Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll
10.  Them There Eyes
11.  Our Love is Here to Stay
12.  Lady be Good
13.  Over the Rainbow (piano solo)
14.  Lullaby of Birdland
15.  What a Difference a Day Makes
16.  Some Day You’ll Be Sorry (cornet feature)
17.  Tiger Rag

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

They Can’t Take That Away from Me

See you there??


Jazz Tuber Sextet at the Sherborn Inn


Eli on piano, clarinet, banjo, string bass, and drums

Jazz Tuber Sextet

Jazz Tuber Sextet at the Sherborn Inn,  October 1, 2013

Ted Casher clarinet, tenor and soprano sax, Jim Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger piano/tuba, Rebecca Sullivan vocals, Andrew Schiller string bass, Jeff Guthery drums, Carolyn Newberger washboard

banjo and double bass

Jimmy Mazzy and Andrew Schiller




The Jazz Tuber Trio returned to the Sherborn Inn with three new members.  Rebecca and Jeff have been with us before, but this was bassist Andrew Schiller’s initiation to the Inn.




The Tuber Trio kicked it off with a rousing HOT Dr. Jazz.

Eli on tuba, Ted clarine, Jimmy banjo

Jazz Tuber Trio

Then Eli moved to piano for Bessie Smith’s Put It Right Here, backing Jimmy’s vocal.
Eli loves to play both tuba and piano.  His absolute rapture in making music is obvious, and he shares that joy with his audience.

Eli smiling, playing piano

Eli Newberger

Rebecca is a grad student at the New England Conservatory in jazz voice and contemporary improvisation, Andrew is also at NEC, Jeff is at Berklee College of Music.   Eli let them loose with a sauntering swing on Perdido, with Rebecca’s refreshing vocal, and Andrew’s relentless pulse on string bass.

Rebecca Sullivan, red dress, gray sweater

Rebecca Sullivan


Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Eli on piano backing Rebecca.  She has a unique approach to the music, slowly nurturing, passionately stretching it out, reaching deep into the soul of the song.  Summertime –   Marvelous!


Casher on tenor sax

Ted Casher


Back Home Again in Indiana, Andrew on bass, Eli was back on tuba, trading 4s with Jimmy’s scatting.  Ted’s soprano sax backed Rebecca on It Had To Be You.  On Satin Doll he moved to tenor sax enlivening Jimmy’s singing and scatting.  His moaning tenor backed Rebecca’s sentiment on Our Love is Here To Stay.



Jeff Guthery on drums

Jeff Guthery



The Tuber Trio with Andrew and Jeff went wild on Birth of the Blues.  Never gets dull!  Tenor sax took a whirling intro into I Got Rythm, with Eli on piano, Andrew bass, Rebecca vocal, featuring Jeff Guthery’s dynamic drumming.

And always in the wings, Carolyn Newberger came up front for her special Coney Island Washboard Roundolay – with the washboard that has been resurrected from the attic after 50 years.  Retirement has its rewards!  Jeff summed it up with one word: “Smokin!”

Carolyn now has more time to devote to her artwork, recently back from her showing, In The Moment, at the Harriet Tubman Gallery in Boston.  http://www.carolynnewberger.com/

The evening closed with Mean To Me, with Eli back on piano, Jimmy banjo, Ted on soprano sax, Andrew string bass, Jeff swirling brushes on snare drum.

The Jazz Tuber Trio will return November 12th with more surprises.  See you there?

Jazz Tuber Trio + 3

At the Sherborn Inn, April 2, 2013


The Trio, with Ted Casher on reeds, Jim Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba/piano, have been joined by a fine drummer, Jeff Guthery drums, for some really Hot Jazz.

The biggest surprise this evening was Rebecca Sullivan,  a grad student at the New England Conservatory in jazz voice and contemporary improvisation.  Eli is one of the NEC board members who’s participated in the mentoring program since its inception in the mid-1990’s.  She and Eli were “assigned” there to one another in the Fall as “mentor” and “mentee.”

Although Eli had heard that Rebecca was great, he had no idea how great.  “Did she ever bless us with her swinging and moving interpretations of this familiar material?” Eli. 


She certainly did.  She’s a natural, charming entertainer, with passion for the music.

She began with Gershwin’s Our Love is Here to Stay, and Sunny Side of the Street.

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Somewhere Over The Rainbow with her own unique version of the  verse.

She instantly captivated the audience with her phrasing and tempo, drawn out pearly notes.

My Old Flame

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby

The Tubers pulled out an old war horse, That’s A Plenty. They deeply listen to each other and to the music itself, making it energetic and exciting.


The inexhaustible Ted Casher began Bei Mir Bis Du Schoen mixing klezmer clarinet and swing, with Eli backing on tuba and Jeff wild on drums.  He introduced Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Tease Me) on tenor sax, with Rebecca enjoying some  high spirited scatting with Ted.

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In complete control of the band, Ted is master on clarinet, tenor sax, soprano sax and even  a dynamic vocal of  Charlie on the MTA.

Now you citizens of Boston,
Don’t you think it’s a scandal
That the people have to pay and pay
Vote for Tom Menino
Fight the fare increase!
Get poor Charlie off the MTA.

You will hear him playing all over the six New England States, thanks to his most avid supporter, his wife Vel. (Thank you, Vel!)


We’ve been listening to Jimmy Mazzy since the early 70’s when he was playing with the New Cabaret Jazz Band at Billy Mitchell’s Postime in Nantasket Beach.  He hasn’t changed a bit, and we’re still just as fascinated with his banjo and vocals: an exuberant Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now), Just a Gigolo sounding like a soft love song, Jeff backing him on drums with  nice soft brushes. Put it Right Here (Or keep it out there) Eli playing barely detectable low notes on tuba.


Jeff Guthery first played here last January with the Jazz Tuber Trio.  Jeff is enrolled in Berklee College of Music.

With rhythmic pattern and tempo, and whispering brush strokes and accents, he plays HOT Traditional Jazz as if he were born to it!

Eli has an enormous commitment to two professions, preventing child abuse, and music.  He is world famous for his tuba,  but also gets very emotional playing the piano!


Jimmy Mazzy and Eli have been friends for close to 40 years. Weekend seminars on abuse at Children’s Hospital conducted by Eli and Carolyn Newberger in the early 70’s had intermittent breaks of tuba and banjo demonstrating abuse in the songs of the 20’s and 30’s.


Carolyn Newberger was playing washboard back in the mid-1960’s when she and Eli were Resident Directors at Yale’s International House for foreign students. They started a Friday Night Café, where musicians could Jam, and she played washboard.

Eli and Carolyn, who is an artist (see drawings below), child psychologist, and musician, have succeeded in sharing both their personal and professional lives, working together on several projects and often sharing the stage.

On their 50th anniversary,  Eli pulled the washboard out of the attic, and Carolyn is back to being an enthusiastic player.  With Carolyn on washboard, Ted on soprano sax, Jimmy banjo and scatting, all backed by tuba, we heard a vibrant  rendition of Coney Island Washboard Roundelay.


This evening was filled with fast moving, energetic hot jazz. It was also  an intimate, informal musical experience with friendship and camaraderie between the musicians and their followers and supporters.  We’ll all be back.

The Jazz Tuber Trio, with Rebecca Sullivan and Jeff Guthery, will return to the Sherborn Inn on August 6, October 1, November 12, and December 3rd.  Mark your calendars!

And remember the name – Rebecca Sullivan. You’ll be hearing more from her!  http://www.rebeccasullivanjazz.com