Riverboat Stompers at Primavera Ristorante February 16, 2017

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

7 piece Traditional Jazz Band

Riverboat Stompers

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

by Marce, videos by Pierre Lemieux

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

both singing wildly

Neil and Frank filling in for Steve Straus.


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




Phil at keyboard, smiling at camera

Phil Hower


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

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



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

Pierre playing tuba

Pierre Lemieux


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

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



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

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

drum and clarinet

Steve Taddeo and Craig Ball

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

Eric on banjo with Phil keyboard in the back

Eric Baldwin




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




Frank using hand for mute on trombone

Frank Batchelor




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

Muskrat Ramble

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

clarinet and trombone pointing to Neil seated and playing cornet

Fine front line

Neil on cornet

Neil Flewellen



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





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


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

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

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

6-piece swing and classic jazz band

Eli and The Hot Six

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

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

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

Elaine Wu


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


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

Ted Casher



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

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

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

Watson Reed





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




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

Herb Gardner


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

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



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


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

Phil Peson



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




Eli standing and playing beautiful ornately carved tuba.

Eli Newberger, leader



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





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

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

Bob Winter and Eli Newberger

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

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


Blue Horizon Jazz Band at Primavera January 5, 2017

6 piece Trad Jazz, no piano

Blue Horizon

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

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

Stan on sop sax, Stu double bass

Stan McDonald, leader
with Stu Gunn behind him



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





Phil on trumpet, white hair with short pony tail

Phil Person



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




John with long stretch on trombone

John Kafalas

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

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



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

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

trombone, soprano sax, trumpet

Front Line, John Kafalas, Stan McDonald, Phil Person

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

banjo with guitar neck Soref on guitar


Stu on acoustic double bass

Stu Gunn



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




Malcolm tapping on snare drum


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

sticks used backwords

Backward sticks

right stick taps sticks placed across two drums

Tapping on sticks instead of rim

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

They closed with Louis’s Sleepy Time Down South.

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

Primavera Thursday Night Jazz Schedule

Picture of Primavera entrance

Primavera Ristorante

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

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


2    Blue Horizon Jazz Band
9    Outrageous Fortune Trio
16  Eli and The Hot Six
23  Riverboat Stompers
30  Dan Gabel’s Centennial Jass Band

  6  Blue Horizon Jazz Band
13  Jack Soref Trio
20  Eli and The Hot Six
27  Wolverine Jazz Band

4    Blue Horizon Jazz Band
11  Dan Gabel’s High Society Orchestra
18  Eli and The Hot Six
25  Jack Soref Trio

Blue Horizon Jazz Band
Eric Baldwin Trio


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

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

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



Eli & The Hot Six at Primavera November 17, 2017

7 piece contemporary classic jazz band

Eli and The Hot Six

Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher reeds, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keys, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Bob Tamagni drums

Eli & The Hot Six played fantastic contemporary jazz Thursday November 17th at Primavera Ristorante in Millis, MA.  They enjoy playing together; it’s always a fun evening watching and listening to this band!  Next month they will be the ONLY band playing here – save the Date, December 15th 7-9:30pm

The Front Line enjoyed playing riffs and challenging each other as Eli pointed to each of them.  They worked on tunes they have never played before and others they haven’t played for years.  It was a revelation!

trombone, trumpet, clarinet

Ted Casher, Phil Person, Herb Gardner

They began with a song Jimmy hadn’t sung in 20 years, Down By The Riverside, with the others chanting “ain’t gonna”  before his every line.

Ted Casher on soprano sax

Ted Casher on soprano sax


Ted Casher usually plays clarinet and tenor sax, but this evening he played mostly soprano sax.  Tenor sax came out for a very fast Salt Peanuts with Jimmy scatting his chorus.  At the end of the evening he played a smoky Where or When on tenor sax, the slowest that he’s played it in years.



Jimmy plays banjo and sings

Jimmy Mazzy is the only person who can emulate Bessie Smith’s sensual emotions.


Jimmy sang Louis Armstrong’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and absolutely astonished everyone singing the last chorus very slowly in heartfelt Mazzy style.  There is only one Jimmy Mazzy in the whole world and we were privileged to hear him on Bessie Smith’s Christmas Songs: Christmas Comes But Once a Year and At The Christmas Ball.



Eli on tuba, Bob on snare drum

Bob listens and accentuates Eli’s tuba



Eli and Bob Tamagni have lively exchange on a rambunctuous South Rampart St. Parade




They paid tribute to W.C. Handy on his birthday with a stunning Saint Louis Blues, with Phil’s fine solo on trumpet with the band in stop time. Eli held long difficult notes on tuba, Piano trading fours with tenor sax.  They were having a ball!

Bob Winter smiling and playing piano.

Bob Winter enjoys being with this band. It’s a break from the Boston Pops.




Bob Winter was featured with deep, lush sound on a tune written by Charlie Chaplin, Smile





Phil Person on muted trumpet

Phil Person filled in for Bo Winiker on trumpet



Guest trumpet Phil Person was featured on a soulful I Want a Little Girl, with band backing him in stop time. (Herb took the vocal!)




Herb on extended trombone

Herb Gardner played at Eddy Condon’s in NY



Herb Gardner was featured on vocal and trombone, extending the slide to its maximum length in Dixieland Style for Write Myself a Letter.




Bob tapping his hip with a tambourine

Bob Tamagni keeps the beat with many tricks



Tamagni has a minimalist Trad Jazz drum set,  keeping time with tambourine on the banjo player’s national anthem, Waiting For The Sunshine.  It was one of those never-ending tunes with each musician taking a final solo, Bob finally closing it on drums.





Their lyricism and expertise shaped the festive mood this evening.  They closed with Eli leading on China Boy.  It shows how they enjoy being together!

Eli and The Hot Six will be the only Thursday Jazz Band at Primavera in December – on the 15th at 7pm.  Mark your calendars!.

by Marce

Down By The Riverside
Salt Peanuts
Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
South Rampart Street Parade
Saint Louis Blues
Christmas Comes But Once a Year
At The Christmas Ball
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
The World is Waiting For The Sunrise
I Want a Little Girl
Washington and Lee Swing
I Cover The Waterfront
China Boy

Jeff and Joel’s House Party, October 7-9, 2016

All male musicians with Jane Campedelli

15 Musicians mix and match in 15 hours of foot stompin’ spontaneous jazz at Jeff and Joel’s House Party held October 9th-11th 2015 in Branford, CT.

videos and comments by Eric Devine, with a few from others….
check back periodically as MORE are added!!!

Eric Devine said, “I’m back from an amazing weekend filming Jeff & Joel’s House Party. You would think that I would be tired after 3 days of filming but I just can’t wait to get started editing. There were so many fabulous moments this year. I owe a great thanks to Jeff and Joel for allowing me to be part of the family and putting on such a great event. I have some memory cards to sort now and hope to soon share some highlights.”
(You Tube – CineDevine)

Great review by Andy Senior in February’s Syncopated Times!

Minor Drag

When Jeff & Joel’s House Party announced that Paris Washboard would be joining house party #7 one of the first things I thought about was the possibility of a piano duo featuring Louis and Jeff. And here it is, more than just a passing wish…hope you enjoy this one.
Piano: Jeff Barnhart (http://www.jeffbarnhart.com/)
Piano: Louis Mazetier (http://www.pariswashboard.org)

Harlem Strutt

Eric: “I am starting to get approvals to post songs from Jeff & Joel’s House Party #7. This year featured the fabulous Paris Washboard in a Friday night set. In this tune from Friday night Jeff Barnhart and Louis Mazetier team up to school the audience in four handed piano playing. This set also featured social guess trombonist Frank Batchelor. Hope you enjoy this one.. ” http://www.pariswashboard.org/

Royal Garden Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNli69MHsA&list=TLGGwxJDN1GTn2oyOTAxMjAxNw&index=1

Who’s Sorry Now?

Boogie Woogie featuring L. Mazetier and J Barnhart

Jane Campedelli sings Someday You’ll Want Me To Want You

Cornet: Fred Vigorito (http://galvanizedjazz.com/)
Clarinet: Alain Marquet (http://www.pariswashboard.org)
Piano: Jeff Barnhart (http://www.jeffbarnhart.com/)
Tuba: Eli Newberger (http://www.elinewberger.com)
Washboard: Stephane Seva (http://www.pariswashboard.org)
Vocals: Jane Campedelli (http://www.galvanizedjazz.com/Jane.html)

Wow! Clarinet and Soprano Sax go at it!

China Boy – Noel on soprano sax, Alain on clarinet  WILD!!!

Joe Avery’s Piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqq0Ib3A0JY

Paris Washboard strut their stuff on Curse of an Aching Heart

Daniel BARDA – Trombone
Alain MARQUET – Clarinet
Louis MAZETIER – Piano
Stéphane Séva – Washboard

Hallelujah!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGTZe0p2v8U
Melancholy Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzk5-UD6AO0

Stephan and Jane –

Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone – Eli on piano!

Jane: Some of These Days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9QKypM70Xw

Them There Eyes   Jane 

Canal St. Blues
Eli Newberger and Stéphane Séva have some fun trading fours and the Dan Tobias, Freddy Vigorito duet.  Noel on soprano sax. Fantastic!

Cornet: Fred Vigorito (http://galvanizedjazz.com/)
Trumpet – Dan Tobias (http://www.midiribros.com/sextet_memb…)
Clarinet: Noel Kaletsky (http://www.heartbeatjazzband.net/gues…)
Trombone: Daniel Barda (http://www.pariswashboard.org)
Piano: Jeff Barnhart (http://www.jeffbarnhart.com/)
Banjo: Joel Schiavone
Tuba: Eli Newberger (http://www.elinewberger.com)
Washboard: Stephane Seva (http://www.pariswashboard.org

I Never Knew


If I Had You, Cornet: Fred Vigorito, Trumpet – Danny Tobias  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOj5Xvuefm0

One of the highlights of Jeff & Joel’s House Party this year was watching how much fun Stéphane Séva and Jane Campedelli have singing together.

There’ll be Some Changes Made

Sweet Lorraine
From one of the sets Paris Washboard played at the 7th edition of Jeff & Joel’s House PartyStéphane Séva brings us a lovely vocal rendition of this 1928 composition by Cliff Burwell and Mitchell Parish. Enjoy

Oh Baby! Here is another hot jazz tune from the 7th edition of Jeff & Joel’s House Party! enjoy.  (Marce: It’s great to see Eli on piano again!!)

Piano: Eli Newberger
Cornet: Fred Vigorito
Soprano sax: Noel Kaletsky
Clarinet: Alain Marquet
Trombone: Daniel Barda
Banjo: Joel Schiavone
Bass: Lou Bocciarelli
Washboard: Stéphane Séva

Noel Kaletsky went wild on Avalon!!  Lou Bocciarelli shows his stuff on string bass.

More 4-hand piano…..
If Dreams Come True  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1hi-pgzIUg 

I Would Do Anything For You

Trumpet – Danny Tobias
Clarinet: Noel Kaletsky
Trombone: Daniel Barda
Piano: Louis Mazetier
Bass: Lou Bocciarelli
Drums: Tom Palinko

“Many thanks to the incredible musicians and the folks who traveled from far and wide to enjoy the remarkable and joyous weekend of music. We send condolences to those who were absent due to unforeseen circumstance. We at JJHP are beyond proud to bring musicians and music lovers together. Thank you all.”

Maureen Cunningham was given a special cup for all her hard work.  She and other volunteers work all year to make Jeff and Joel’s House Parties successful!

Freddy Vigorito said “Thank you Jeff and Joel and volunteers for a fabulous weekend of incredible Jazz and delicious food!  And thank you Jazz fans for your support!  On to Oct 13-15, 2017 and special guests Banu Gibson, Vince Giordano and many others.”   http://www.Jeffandjoelhouseparty.com

MORE VIDEOS on You Tube:

I Got Rhythm  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4tIpBU82ns

I Surrender Dear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iL4isxCnTw&list=TLGGwxJDN1GTn2oyOTAxMjAxNw&index=3
Trumpet – Danny Tobias (http://www.dannytobias.com)
Clarinet: Alain Marquet (http://www.pariswashboard.org)
Trombone: Craig Grant
Piano: Louis Mazetier (http://www.pariswashboard.org)
Bass: Lou Bocciarelli
Drums: Tom Palinko

Lounging at the Waldorf – Paris Washboard

Mr Jelly Lord – Paris Washboard

So many of the moments at this year’s edition of Jeff & Joel’s House Party brought back memories of Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz including Jane Campedelli belting out some of the old favorites. Hope you enjoy this one
Louisian-I-A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJ53nx11L0 

Georgia Camp Meeting – Lew Green

How Could I Be Blue
two pianos FLY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR4rFf_EHyM

Jane Campedelli brings us this 1923 tune composed by Con Conrad and Billy Rose. Enjoy Jane’s You Gotta To See Your Mama Every Night

That Sugar Baby of Mine  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXjwP0TcLcY&list=TLGGjBFViHkXHdIxNDExMjAxNg

After You’ve Gone  – Jane’s personal favorite

Love is Just Around the Corner – Dan Tobias vocal

You’re Lucky To Me – three Lou’s

Exactly Like You  Alta and Matt DeChamplain
(check that Stride!)
Them There Eyes 

There’s a Gal in my LIfe – Paris Washboard

California Here I Come – Paris Washboard goes wild!

Somebody’s Got The Blues  Paris Washboard

Stephane sings Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)

These Foolish Things, two clarinets play a lovely rendition of the 1936 tune composed by Eric Maschwittz and Jack Strachey

Linger A While https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmbufX4YKYk
Noel Kaletsky on soprano sax

Dan Levinson with Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders at Bemis Hall

by Marce
Videos by CineDevine
(more upcoming)
September 24, 2016

Dan Levinson clarinet/tenor sax, John Clark baritone sax/clarinet, Jeff Hughes trumpet, Bill Cable trumpet , Paul Monat cornet, Dan Gabel trombone, Ross Petot piano, Justin Meyer string bass, Bill Doyle guitar, Steve Taddeo drums, Elise Roth and Paul Agnew vocals.

10-pc swing band

Dan Levinson with Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders All-Stars

New York’s incomparable Dan Levinson joined Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders for a fabulous evening of Jazz and Swing.  The 10-piece band of All Stars began Hot with a At Sundown, and it never cooled down.  CineDevine videos will be added soon.

Steve called up Abletones Big Band effervescent vocalist Elise Roth for a swinging Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.

People sat on the edge of their seats listening to Dan Levinson and John Clark playing a rousing duet on Slow Boat To China.


Warm and engaging Paul Agnew sang Pennies From Heaven backed by Dan Levinson on clarinet and then Paul returned with the whole band for Ain’t She Sweet.


Paul Monat dug out his best Wild Bill Davison for Memories of You, with Dan Levinson playing counterpoint.

Elise with Jeff Hughes trumpet in background

Elise Roth




Elise Roth returned with What a Little Moonlight Can Do, with both Jeff Hughes and Bill Cable trumpets, and Ross rippling up and down the piano keys.




Ross on piano

Ross Petot




Ross Petot had Bemis’ marvelous vintage piano singing!


standing, holding cymbal on with left hand and hitting it with the right

Steve walks up the aisle beginning his ‘walk around’.




The whole band backed up Steve Taddeo’s infamous ‘Drum  Walk Around’  on Don’t Be That Way, with Harold McAleer video taping the whole thing.  “Did you get that Harold??”






Steve  tapped his way up the aisle to the back of the hall, to Marce’s table, and slammed Eric Devine’s Grandfather’s cymbal. (His Grandfather played jazz in the 50’s and 60’s in Chicago: Eugene T. Beckman 1906-1989)..   As always, Steve ended the walk-around on Justin Meyer’s string bass.

An outstandiing quartet of Dan Levinson, Ross Petot, John Clark, and Steve Taddeo amazed the audience with a jazzy version of  Irving Berlin’s 1927 Russian Lullaby.


Dan sounds like Glenn Miller on trombone.

Dan Gabel, leader of Abletones Big Band and High Society Orchestra.



Dan Gabel’s sophisticated trombone was featured on More Than You Know, reminiscent of Glenn Miller.






Elise continued with You Made Me Love You, with fantastic trumpet solo by Bill Cable.

Dan Levinson was featured solo on tenor sax, beginning with the verse of Song of Songs.

Finale: They blew the roof off on Steve Taddeo’s theme song – Dinah.

full band, Taddeo centered

Finale – Dinah! Levinson also went  WILD!!  Bill Doyle’s rhythm guitar behind Ross’s piano solo.

Dan Levinson  said he enjoyed being here and thanked everyone for their support.  It was great playing with old friends he’d met at The Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festivals, and he made some new ones. He hopes to return next year.
Steve Taddeo said his All-Stars would be ready!

Blue Horizon Jazz Band at Primavera September 1, 2016

6-pc Trad Jazz Band, no piano

Stan McDonald’s Blue Horizon Jazz Band

Stan McDonald soprano sax, Phil Person trumpet, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Jack Soref guitar, Stu Gunn double bass, Rich Malcolm drums

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band played uplifting and foot-tapping Traditional Jazz Thursday night at Primavera Ristaurant, with Stan and Phil taking turns on the melody or improvising around it, Gerry’s smooth (or growling) trombone, Jack’s marvelous gypsy guitar, Stu’s artful string bass supporting Rich’s one-beat drum-rolls behind the fine solos.

They played many of our favorite tunes:
Set 1
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Georgia On My Mind
Blue Turning Gray Over You
My Gal Sal

Set 2
Some Sweet Day
Bechet’s Fantasy
Spreading Joy
Lotus Blossom
Out of Nowhere
All By Myself in the Morning

Set 3
Dear Old Southland
When I Leave The World Behind
I Remember When
After You’ve Gone
Le Marchand de Poisson

Stan on sop sax

Stan McDonald

Phil on trumpet

Phil Person

Gerry on trombone

Gerry Gagnon

Stu on acoustic string bass

Stu Gunn

Rich on Trad Jazz drum set

Rich Malcolm

Jack on same guitar that Django used

Jack Soref

both leaning back playing their instruments

Stan McDonald and Phil Person

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band will return on the next first Thursday of the month, October 6th.

Thank you Stan and Ellen McDonald for keeping this art form alive!

Wolverine Jazz Band at Heritage of Sherborn, August 23, 2016

7 pc Trad-Dixieland Jazz Band

Wolverine Jazz Band

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

The Wolves were elated to return to the former Sherborn Inn, now known as The Heritage of Sherborn.  They first played here in 1998.  They played with lyricism and passion!   It was a full house, with their many fans returning and happy to hear them again.

The seating has been changed, with the band set up in the right hand corner of the “T”,  now playing directly to the 50+ listeners in what was the dead-end left corner.  No problem hearing the band now!!   This was taken during the break from what had been the ‘dead end’ left corner of the “T”.  Our ‘music family’ was getting re-acquainted.

picture from rear of room showing tables and people talking

New Seating arrangement

The viewing tables inside the front door were replaced with a very active bar, and a tall table with tall chairs just inside the door, and a fine dance floor.

tall table to left, bar to right, shiny wooden dance floor in front

inside the front door

The Front Line was HOT right from the beginning, with At Sundown

clarinet, cornet, trombone

Front Line: John Clark, Jeff Hughes, Tom Boates

Canal St. Blues is an old war horse, with Tom Boates’ growling trombone.  He was just back from a well deserved vacation in Florida.  He’s been teaching music for 40 years! He’ll be back at Guilford CT High School.

Jimmy was featured with a tune done by the Blue Steele & His Orchestra, in 1927, Sugar Babe I’m Leaving.  John took out the baritone sax.  RaeAnn video taped  this with the Wolverines on November 7, 2015 at the 26th Annual Arizona Classic Jazz Society in Chandler AZ   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWVjyTqKv28

Jimmy has a wealth of tunes and introduced one to the band this week, pianist Joe Robichaux’s 1933 After Me The Sun Goes Down.

Once In a While was a barn-buster! It’s on their new CD.  They slowed down for a tune of Jeff’s choice, he picked Django’s Nuage,  ending in a flamboyant cornet coda.

John and Gisela Brunaccini took advantage of the dance floor for the 1931 Pop tune, Strangers, and for the first blues ever recorded, Memphis Blues – nice fox trot.  They’re in their 90’s and fabulous dancers.

couple dance right in front of the band

John and Gisela Brunaccinis

Jimmy sang the vocal, Rick’s tuba had a great solo on Sunset Café Stomp.  John took out the tenor sax for Robin’s Nest with Jimmy Scatting.  John was still in good form from playing Sunday Brunch at the Griswold Inn Sunday with the 90-year-old Bob Card and The Freight Train Five, where they also played On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

The Wolverines recorded Wolverine Blues on their first CD, without a trombone, because John hadn’t found one good enough.  Tom Boates definitely has filled in that gap!

Jimmy Mazzy has been playing almost every night with one band or another.  Last Sunday he was with the New Orleans Trio on the Jazz Boat  up and down the Cape Cod Canal.  There’s only one cruise left this year, folks – September 4th.  They board at 1:15pm.

banjo front, drums rear

Jimmy Mazzy and Dave Didriksen

Behind Jimmy is drummer Dave Didriksen, who has been with John Clark for years.  Dave Didriksen knows his Jazz, and is booking Ken’s Steak House every Sunday afternoon 4pm starting in September.  Ken’s Steak House

on tuba

Rick MacWillliams



He and Rick MacWilliams have lead the rhythm section for John Clark ever since he started here in New England.

Rick leads the Commonwealth Jazz Band that includes John Clark or Noel Kaletsky on reeds and Jimmy Mazzy banjo and vocals.



There was a request for Let Me Call You Sweetheart, The Wolves played it in Dixieland style like the Halfway House orchestra in 1927. (They were named after a dance hall called the Halfway House that was halfway between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.)

Robin’s Nest was in remembrance of Sir Charles Thompson, a jazz pianist of supple power who bridged the swing and bebop eras.  He died June 16 at age 98.

John at mic

John Clark sings too




John sang a rambunctious Happy Feet, from the 1929 King Of Jazz (named for Paul Whitman.)





eyes closed, head back, singing

Tom Boates gives it 150%





Tom sings on the new CD, Now & Then, Hello Central, Give Me Dr. Jazz, with Jeff adding some cornet vibrato.




Jeff uses large wine glass for ute

Jeff uses strange mute




A slow bluesy blues had many names, they stuck with Audrey, banjo intro, tenor sax, trombone, cornet muted with a wine glass.




looking down at piano

Ross Petot, widely known and respected pianist



Ross Petot is an essential part of this band, playing his excellent stride piano.  He was featured on a WILD Birmingham Breakdown.  John on bari sax.   CineDevine recorded it at the 2013 Hot Steamed Jazz Festival.




John blew us away on bari sax!

John blew us away on bari sax!

John returned to tenor sax with Jimmy Singing September in The Rain, Tom’s trombone sneaking in a bit of In My Solitude.  They inspire each other; when they get together it’s magic!!

Band with John on tenor

They closed with dynamic solos on an exciting, freewheeling, Strutting With Some Barbecue.  Fabulous!

The Wolverine Jazz Band and its individual members will be kept busy next year, including many festivals.    We try to keep up with them, but it isn’t easy!!  Their Gatsby Weekend on Star Island off Portsmouth NH Aug 27-28 is sold out!
Keep an eye out for them on our Calendars at nejazz.com.

Their new CD, Now & Then is out.  Number 14?  It has some tunes they recorded in the past, including a couple from 1998!

picture of old wind up grammaphone

Now & Then

CD tunes

You can get them wherever John or the Wolverines appear, or at their website.







For their appearances, keep an eye on our Calendars at www.nejazz.com.

Eli and Hot Five at  Primavera August 18, 2016

keyboard, tuba, drum, sax, trumpet, trombone, no banjo

Eli and The Hot Five

Eli and Hot Five, (Plus Four) at  Primavera August 18, 2016                   by Marce

Ted Casher clarinet/tenor sax, Bo Winiker trumpet, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keys, Eli Newberger tuba, Bob Tamagni drums, Carolyn Newberger washboard, and special guests Elaine Woo, Sarah (Gardner) Nova, and Watson Reid on vocals.

Eli and The Hot Five are a Powerhouse group of accomplished musicians, playing music like you will hear nowhere else.  Relaxed and with honest camaraderie, they thoroughly enjoy themselves, and so inspire the audience.

An upbeat Jazz Me Blues started the evening, then leader Eli Newberger immediately asked individual musicians to play tunes of their choice.

on keyboard

Bob Winter



Bob Winter tore into a joyous romp on Margie, reaching down and creating music with almost a classical approach to the melody (but with elegant, surprising harmonic choices beneath).





up front and center on trombone

Herb Gardner



Herb played superb trombone and sang It’s Almost Like Being In Love, with Ted supporting on clarinet and Bo on flugelhorn.

He later returned for one of his favorites Hoagie Carmichael’s Old Rocking Chair”




There is free interplay in this amazing front line; they inspire one another, and are backed by brilliant rhythm accompaniment.

clarinet, trumpet, trombone

Front Line

Eli called on Elaine Woo for her choice of songs.  She took over the band for an inspiring Body and Soul.  She is vibrant bundle of energy,  (She is also an MD in Internal Medicine.)

with band

Elaine Woo


pointing at camera

Watson Reid



There was another MD in the audience, an internist and a psychiatrist who retired from medicine after 29 years to pursue his love of music full time.  Watson Reid joined the band singing Ain’t She Sweet. 





Just for the fun of it, the vocalists formed a quartet and resuscitated an oldie, You Are My Sunshine.  

Carolyn sitting at keys, Sarah, Watson and Elaine standing in front of her

Quartet has a conference on what song they will sing.


Bob Winter’s keyboard introduced one of our favorites, an instrumental on Limehouse Blues.

Grimacing while drumming

Bob Tamagni



Bob Tamagni, a Professor at Berklee, puts heart and soul into it.  He  articulates and phrases drumming with the same expression as any other instrument.  Eli said“He’s one of the most musical drummers in the world!”.





Carolyn Newberger joined the band on washboard with a bouncy Miami Rhumba that had the audience swaying in their seats.  The energy was far from flagging!

Elaine returned with Taking a Chance on Love.  The two came together for a foot stomping Darktown Strutters’ Ball.

Carolyn on washboard, Elaine singing

Carolyn Newberger and Elaine Woo make a great team!

Route 66 started with a tuba line, then Elaine on vocal.  Eli could not resist joining Bob for Four Handed Piano.  They do have fun!

both with hands suspended over the keyboard

Bob Winter and Eli Newberger play four-handed piano

Sarah at mic with Eli on tuba in back

Sarah Nova’s warm voice caresses the melody and lyrics

Sarah Nova’s deep feeling takes us inside each song, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter and Everybody Loves My Baby.  She writes and sings songs for Babies and Children and has many CDs – passing on good life lessons.

Principle vocalist Elaine Woo also sang Sentimental Journey, Embraceable You, and Getting Some Fun Out Of Life, (good motto for a life lesson),   .

Bo front and center with trumpet and handkechief

Bo does Louis Armstrong



Bo was featured with soaring trumpet on Louis’s Hello Dolly.  He  dedicated When You’re Smiling to a member in the audience, Matt Robino, who went to High School with him – they haven’t met since 1970!



up front and center

Eli Newberger solo tuba


Eli was featured, alone on Somewhere Over The Rainbow, an incredible, awesome solo on tuba.

There was more instrumentals, Midnight in Moscow, Muscat Ramble,  Savoy – with Ted on tenor sax. Wow!

Carolyn was sketching away throughout the evening.  .  (She is also a Dr. and clinical and research psychologist, artist, musician, and essayist.  Maybe we’ll see some of them.)



They closed with a sensational Strutting With Some Barbecue.

Nowhere else will you hear such accomplished musicians relaxed and having fun playing classic, contemporary jazz and swing.  They are here at Primavera on the 3rd Thursday of every month.   Next one will be September 15th –  come see abd hear  for yourself!