Eli & The Hot Four at Primavera September 21, 2017

keyboard, tuba, drum, trumpet, trombone

Eli & The Hot Four

Phil Person trumpet, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keyboard, Eli Newberger tuba, Bob Tamagni drums, Elaine Woo and Watson Reid vocals.

These fine musicians had  a chance to stretch out and strut their stuff, with Ted Casher, Jimmy Mazzy and Bo Winiker absent.

blowing muted trumpet

Phil Person



Phil Person knows a countless number of tunes; he played a sweet, flawless,  Stardust.  Beautiful!





on trombone,, with drums in background

Herb Gardner



Herb Gardner  sang and played a tune of his choice,  I Cried For You.  He’s been on call with either trombone or piano with bands from here to New Jersey.




Bob playing keyboard with a big smile on his face

Bob Winter




Bob Winter took a solo on After You’ve Gone and Begin The Beguine.  He starts off light and airy and continues like a veritable classic  concerto!




Elaine belting out a vocal

Elaine Woo



Powerhouse vocalist Elaine Woo belted out  Route 66, leading the band with Route 66 and a WILD Give Me Some Flim Flam Sauce.  She’s our new Red Hot Mama!

She’s thoroughly enjoying retirement from the Medical Community and popping up anywhere there’s Jazz to be sung!



And that was just the beginning!  They threatened us with all 17 verses of South Rampart St. Parade, began with a drum roll-off, 32 bars – it was a barn burner!

Trumpet  and tuba took a duet followed by piano and clarinet duo on a complicated Apex Blues. 

Watson smiling and singing into mic

Watson Reid




Watson Reed got the nonsense songs, starting with Flat Foot Floogie




Eli pulled off an amazing  tuba solo with a Latin tinge on Tico Tico.

Eli up front on tuba, with Bob Winter on keys in back

Eli Newberger

They closed with a Dixie War Horse, At The Jazz Band Ball.  With three Berklee Professors, it was a delightful  evening of tunes that we generally do not hear at Primavera.

They will be back at Primavera Ristorante on October 19th.  We hope everyone will join us to hear this World Class Band!

Blue Skies
I Cried For You
Blue Monk
After You’ve Gone
Route 66
Flat Foot Floogie
Frim Fram Sauce
South Rampart St. Parade
Apex Blues
Every Time We Say Goodbye (Elaine)
Begin The Beguine
This Joint is Jumpin’ (Reid)

Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante August 10, 2017

Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet.tenor sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter Keys, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Bob Tamagni drums, Watson Reid vocals.

Primavera Ristorante is their Home Base, where they can bring friends and family, relax and have fun, and try new things.  They are an amiable group of very talented musicians who really enjoy each other’s company,  constantly improvising and challenging each other.

They kicked it off with an old war horse, Kid Ory’s Muskat Ramble, played with a bossa nova rhythm; powerhouse group of accomplished musicians!

Trumpeter with long white pony tail,

Phil Person



Then Eli featured individual members, beginning with a warm, muted trumpet presentation by Phil Person on Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me.




Winter at keyboard

Bob Winter




Bob Winter dedicated a moving melody, Stars Fell on Alabama, to his brother and his wife who were visiting.




Herb on trombone

Herb Gardner




Herb Gardner came prepared,  singing and playing I Think You’re Wonderful,  showing his passion for this music.


Then the fun started.


Bob Winter also brought along his dentist, who just happened to play harmonica.  Mel Gluskin, who is a dentist in Brookline, Massachusetts, played a lovely medley of Moon River and Somewhere Over The Rainbow.   He said “Bob Winter gets a free cleaning.”



That reminded Jimmy of a tune filled with double entendre called Long John Blues:
“I got a dentist who’s over seven feet tall.
I have a dentist who’s over seven feet tall.
His name is Doctor Long John
And he answers every call.

I went to Long John’s office.
I said, “Doctor, the pain is killing.”
He said, “Don’t worry, baby.
It’s just your cavity needs a little filling.”

That’s enough.  Jimmy has all the verses memorized.


Vocalist Watson Reid was called on with a Fats Waller tune that featured a police siren – but without the siren:  This Joint is Jumpin’.

with full band behind him

Watson Reid

Staying upbeat, Washington and Lee Swing was wild.  Ted’s clarinet sounded like a 1700s  flute leading a charge of revolutionary soldiers.   Eli called for Bob Tamagni and Ted Casher  to trade fours, then  twos, then ones.  Ted’s clarinet antics made Bob break up!

We just caught the tumultuous ending…

It was hard to tell who was having the most fun – the band or the audience!
But it wasn’t over.

Ted returned on gut-wrenching tenor sax with one of our favorites, Blue Turning Gray Over You.  Coleman Hawkins, you’ve been replaced!

The Hot Six continued with a blistering instrumental, Rampart  Street Parade, that had everyone’s feet tapping.

The finale was approaching.  Already??  That was fast!

Eli was featured on a tuba solo that we haven’t heard in a long time.  Bob Winter backed him on keyboard as Eli’s tuba went, low, low, low, on Polka Dots and Moonbeams.

with Jimmy and Winter in the back

Eli Newberger

Touching  ending to an enjoyable evening!

They will be back next month.  We’re eagerly awaiting another amicable reunion when Eli and The Hot Six return with another dynamic evening September 21st, the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Join us??

Eli and the Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante June 15, 2017

6 pc swing band, no banjo

Eli and The Hot Six

Bo Winiker trumpet, Ted Casher alto and tenor sax/clarinet, Herb Gardner trombone, Eli Newberger tuba/leader, Bob Tamagni drum, Elaine Wu and Watson Reid and guest Sarah (Gardner) Nova vocals

Skill and stamina – the musicians arrived early and practiced for two hours, then played for us from 7-9:30pm – preparing for their two-day Jazz presentation of The Genius of Cole Porter and Duke Ellington Swings!  at Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA July 23 and 24. Tonight we had all Duke Ellington!!  Who doesn’t LOVE Duke Ellington?

There were great solos from all the deeply skilled musicians, tasty notes, long and coherent phrases that reflected the story of the genre, the songs, and their individual contributions.

clarinet, trumpet, trombone

Front Line – Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Herb Gardner

Elaine singing Watson with a big smile

Elaine Wu and Watson Reid are now retired physicians, very relaxed and delighted to be singing full time.

They played some well-known Ellington tunes, starting with In a Mellow Tone, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady; and some not-so-well-known, Elaine singing Never Trust Your Heart.

pert young singer



Guest Sarah Nova sang Shuffle Boogie and her own composition of Keep Your Hands Off It.




Don’t Get Around Much Anymore was WILD with Eli on tuba solo and Bo on flugelhorn.


Ted on alto sax



We always enjoy Ted Casher’s tenor sax, but this was the first time we’ve heard him on alto.  He said “it plays in the wrong keys”.





Bob drumming with eyes closed, making a determined face



Drummer Bob Tamagni took a solo In Flat Foot Floogie where we could hear the melody elaborated rhythmically, which makes it ever so engaging.  Great vocal by Watson Reid.




Winter at keyboard

Bob Winter



Limehouse Blues was played at a good clip.  Bob Winter played the melody rested in great chords, some expected, some not.






Herb played a  solo like a young man with vim and vigor!  Yet again the drummer played the melody, getting such a range of sounds on just a snare, bass and hi-hat.  Eli sent those ripping riffs to the stars as he always has and we know he will continue to do so with such gusto.

I’m Beginning to See The Light, Take the A Train, Write Myself a Letter, Day Dream. Watson did his special version of Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home.

Three birthdays were celebrated:  pianist Bob Winter, Marce, and Sarah Abramson.  We all shared a delicious birthday cake brought in by Jeannine James.  This was Sarah’s first time here – she loves tuba; Eli gave her a Happy Birthday solo right at her table.  She was enthralled!

at Mrs. Abramson's table

Eli plays Happy Birthday

Marce wants especially to thank two very special ladies who took time out from their busy schedule to be here for this occasion, Music Therapist Kathleen Howland and vocalist Sarah (Gardner) Nova.

….and Marce’s family, with three grandsons:

all standing for picture

Jason Towne, Marce, DJ Sardonini (from Florida) and his friend Sarah, Brian Towne.

It was a memorable evening for all of us!

Folks in Pittsfield MA are in for a treat when Eli & The Hot Six present The Genius of Cole Porter July 23rd and Duke Ellington Swings!  July 24th 8pm at Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201    info@barringtonstageco.org  Box Office: (413) 236-8888.

Marce and Kathleen

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 December 15, 2016

Phil Person trumpet, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter keyboard, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba, Carolyn Newberger washboard, no drums – Bob Tamagni was absent because of recent surgery.

The group members are obviously excellent jazz musicians. They have an obvious camaraderie and love of what they’re doing that is charming and infectious. Eli sprinkled informative and entertaining commentary between songs.

They started with Jimmy Mazzy giving a poignant vocal  of Closer Walk With Thee, Phil Person trumpet taking the intro, Ted Casher joining him on clarinet, then Herb’s trombone backed by Jimmy banjo,  Eli tuba solo with a deep, sonorous tone, maintaining that contemporary classic beat. Jimmy’s banjo took it out.

We were surprised with something this audience never heard here – a tune by Charlie Parker – Hard Times.   Honeysuckle Rose was more familiar, with I Got Rhythm bridge.  The guys were all scatting in sync. Not bad!!

Ted on teno

We were glad to see Ted Casher back!




Ted was featured on tenor sax with Just Me, Just You.  Ted was just released from the hospital few weeks ago! He certainly is dedicated to this music, sounded fantastic!



Jimmy on banjo and singing

Jimmy Mazzy


Change of pace with a Bix Beiderbecke tune, with Jimmy singing I’m Coming Virginia.

Jimmy Mazzy enjoys iconic status as both a banjoist and vocalist on the American jazz scene.  For more than forty years, this consummate musician has delighted followers of traditional jazz with his uniquely lyrical banjo style and his wonderfully haunting vocals.

Bob Winter excited on keyboard

Bob Winter

Bob Winter plays skillful, soft commentary behind the soloists and vocals.  Eli asked him to play the rarest Rag he knows – Bob picked the1947 Sunday.

Since 1980, Bob Winter has been the pianist with the Boston Pops and Pops Esplanade Orchestras, with Keith Lockhart and John Williams, conducting at Symphony Hall and for many tours and recordings. Bob joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music in 1972, where he is still a professor of piano.

Jimmy banjo, Eli standing playing tuba

Jimmy and Eli


Eli dug way back to find Earl Hynes’ Monday. The band jumped right into it.  Jimmy was keeping the beat in the absence of drummer Bob Tamagni, who recently had surgery.  He will return in January.  Jimmy and Eli played a dazzling duet.
Dr. Newberger is classically trained at Juilliard and Yale, he is a virtuoso jazz tuba and keyboard player who has cut more than 40 records with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, which he co-founded in 1970. Dr. Newberger also won three national readers’ polls for best jazz tuba player! Often with banjo player/singer Jimmy Mazzy, he delights his audiences with musically illustrated lectures on character building.

Dark Eyes – Ochi chyornye,  Ardent fan, Valentina Cass, originally from Crimea, translated the words from Russian:

Black eyes, passionate eyes,
Burning and beautiful eyes!
How I love you, how I fear you,
It seems I met you in an unlucky hour!

Clarinet with moose-horn insert

Clarinet with moose-horn insert


Ted brought a taste of klezmer with fantastic clarinet on a tune relating to Nikolai Romanovich. His clarinet has a moose-horn insert that gives is a unique sound.

One of the busiest jazzmen in New England, clarinetist and saxophonist Ted Casher’s career spans studying and teaching at the Berklee College of Music, clarinet performances with front-rank traditional jazz stars like Louis Armstrong, starring as solo clarinetist in bands that revive the legacies of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Ted is renowned for his fluent improvisations, exquisite sound, klezmer inflections and boffo sense of humor.


To appease the Mouldy Fygs in the audience Eli added a very fast South Rampart Street Parade, starting at a pretty good clip, with the front line in marvelous polyphony.

Phil with white hair in a short ponytail playing trumpet

Phil Person

Phil Person was featured on fabulous trumpet with Hoagie Carmichael’s New Orleans.

Phil Person is leader of the Phil Person Sextet, Quintet, and Quartet, and teaches all levels of Ear Training at Berklee.  He adds his own unique voice on trumpet to the Hot Six 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.

Ted was asked to play something – he came up with Struttin’ With some Barbecue. He didn’t tell anyone what he was going to play but after a few notes, they all weaved their way in.  HOT Tune!

Herb with a big smile on his face

Herb Gardner sings





Herb Gardner was featured singing and playing rich, burnished tone on trombone with Slow Boat to China.

Trombonist Herb Gardner moved to NY in 1963 and began touring with Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood as well as becoming a regular at the Metropole, Jimmy Ryan’s and Eddie Condon’s nightclubs. During the ‘60s and ’70s, he appeared with virtually all of the classic jazz musicians in the New York City area such as Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa, Henry “Red” Allen, Bobby Hackett, Jimmy Rushing, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky and even Wingy Manone.  We’re pleased he’s back in Massachusetts!

The evening was filled with corny jokes – mandated by the boss.  Eli requested a funny Dixieland tune.  Carolyn Newberger joined them with a delightful performance on washboard for I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate.  Carolyn is Eli’s wife and partner, and an artist in her own right.

The whole band with Carolyn on washboard.

Carolyn Newberger joins the band on washboard.

This is Contemporary Classic Jazz, drawing from some of the best players on the traditional jazz scene. The group’s approach honors the New Orleans tradition of ensemble improvising while featuring the solo brilliance of its distinctive, contemporary musical personalities.

Eli and The Hot Six will be back in 2017 every 3rd Thursday except February.  Bob Tamagni will be back January 19th – even if he has to play with one hand.  He can do anything with drums!  Join us for some great Classic Contemprary Jazz and Swing!




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!

Eli and The Hot Six with Elaine Woo and Sarah Nova at Primavera Ristorante, April 14, 2016 

7-pc Trad Jazz and Swing Band

Eli and The Hot Six

Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Ted Casher clarinet, tenor and soprano sax, Herb Gardner back on trombone, Bob Winter keys, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger tuba, Bob Tamagni drums.

by Marce

Eli and The Hot Six presented a delightful evening of great Jazz, introducing new tunes with inspired playfulness and skill, making it up as they went along. They enjoyed it as much as the appreciative audience.  Eli included two fine vocalists, Elaine Woo and Sarah Nova, and Carolyn Newberger on washboard.

Honoring Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa, Bob Tamagni introduced Swing, Swing, Swing,  His unique methods of maintaining the Trad beat on drums are priceless!  After the intro, the  Hot Six went WILD!

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Bo moved from trumpet to flugelhorn, Jimmy scatting, trombone and tuba trading 4’s.

Poor Papa, written by Hoagie Carmichael, was new with Jim singing the sad vocal, backed by tuba.

Mama’s got shoes, Mama’s got clothes
Mama’s got these and Mama’s got those
But poor Papa, poor Papa, he’s got nothin’ at all

The mood changed with a roaring take off of  Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Bob with right hand stretched on keys

Bob Winter


Bob took a solo on Ida, with stunning harmonies and sudden key changes that took our breath away.  He would suddenly pause, leaving all of us anticipating the next note.
He loves playing with this band!



Eli introduced Elaine Woo, another Doctor, who is a Primary Physician in Geriatrics. She captivated the audience with It’s All Right To Me, and reading the lyrics to  Body and Soul off a telephone without missing a beat!

Carolyn was a vital spark on washboard, She joined Elaine on an upbeat  Darktown Strutters’ Ball.  What an amazing duo!  They returned with the band for an exilarating Route 66.

Carolyn on washboard, the band, and Elaine Woo singing

Carolyn Newberger and Elaine Woo – two captivating ladies!

Artist Carolyn Newberger keeps busy sketching the musicians, when she’s not performing.  Her drawings, paintings and collage have achieved recognition and awards in juried and solo exhibition.  Here’s Jimmy:

Carolyns Jimmy Mazzy

Everyone was having fun!  But we had more surprises.

Both pointing and singing

Eli joined Elaine on vocal!!



Eli and Elaine got together for
I Can Give You Everything But Love.
  (No mistake in the title.)

Who knew Eli could sing, too?




Vocalist Sarah (Gardner) Nova teaches Jazz for kids at libraries and Kindergardens all over New England. She has several CD’s, Jazz for Lil Jumpers and Jazz For Babies; Its Raining Cats & Dogs! 

Having been raised with this music, she has an intuitive grasp of musical dynamics, The band backed her in stop time with the warning, Keep Your Hands Off It!  Sarah was invited to stay on for another tune,  Me Myself & I, with Dad backing her on trombone.

Sarah singing with Herb on front line playing trombone

Father and daughter make a great Jazz combination!

Herb was featured on the Platters’ Only You, singing, and playing rich, burnished tone on trombone..

Eli and The Hot Six continued with a rip-roaring Instrumental, Dinah, with Ted on tenor sax, and Bob Winter playing astounding keyboard.  This was pure joy!

Bo with trumpet in the air holding a large handkerchief

Bo Winiker conjures up Louis Armstrong



Bo Winiker was featured on What a Wonderful World, playing trumpet and evoking Louis Armstrong with his vocal.





looks like a piece of cork near the clarinet's mouth piece

Ted and his new moose clarinet



Ted took the breaks on clarinet with a new addition – an actual piece of moose horn that gives it a distinctive sound – as if he needed it!




tambourine disappears behind bass drum

Bob hides the tambourine.


Our favorite was a lullaby that Eubie Blake wrote for his wife, Good Night Angeline.  Jimmy puts heart and soul into this melody, like no other.  We could hear a soft dinging in the background.  It took some time to realize that Bob Tamagni was softly tapping an unseen tambourine on his bass drum.
His drum set is comprised of two drums and a hi hat (that he hardly used, except to tap the cymbal).


Eli on tuba, Jimmy scatting at the mic

Jimmy Mazzy and Eli Newberger have played together for years.



Basin Street was an instrumental with marvelous tuba by Eli and Jimmy scatting throughout the whole song.  The two are always in sync!


The repertoire and caliber of these musicians has made this a classic band. Fortunately for us,  Eli and The Hot Six will be here regularly at Primavera on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Spread the word and mark your calendars!

Check out their CD:
Eli & The Hot Six LIVE, Contemporary Classic Jazz  $17  Purchase

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.


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.

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 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’s Hot Six celebrate his 75th Birthday at Scullers

Ali with tuba and big smile

Eli Newberger


Eli & The Hot 6  celebrated Eli’s 75th Birthday with style at Sculler’s Jazz Club on December 17th.  The 8pm show sold out in no time and they had to add another at 10pm.  The music at Scullers was up to their best,

The Boston Globe published an article December 29th by Bella English: “Tuba in hand, acclaimed physician Dr. Eli Newberger delights in his first passion.” 


© Photos by Eric Antoniou  www.ericantoniou.com/

The Hot Six feature some of Boston’s finest, legendary musicians: Eli Newberger on tuba, Bob Winter on piano, Herb Gardner on trombone, Bo Winiker on trumpet and flugelhorn, Ted Casher on clarinet, soprano and tenor saxes, Jimmy Mazzy on banjo and vocals, Carolyn Newberger on washboard, Jeff Guthery on drums, Rebecca Sullivan vocals.

6-pc trad jazz band and vocalist

Eli and The Hot Six with Rebecca Sullivan

Eli & The Hot Six’s approach honors the New Orleans tradition of ensemble improvising while featuring the solo brilliance of its distinctive, contemporary musical personalities.

Videos of Eli and The Hot Six with Rebecca Sullivan at Sculler’s Jazz Club are on Eli Newberger’s You Tube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/EliNewberger.

Eli wrote:
“The music is stunningly beautiful and swings like mad.  Everyone is both at ease and acutely tuned in, projecting emotional pinpoints and delivering  delightful surprises.

Rebecca’s treatment of Ira Gershwin’s verses is unbelievably touching.  Bob is like an Impressionist painter, deploying the whole piano as his palette, mixing stunning new colors and inventing heavenly harmonic washes in his solos.  Herb’s punchy singing of “You Cares” sounds like he’s channeling Henry “Red” Allen, especially in his ironic take on Ira’s immortal line, “Who cares if banks are failing in Yonkers, when it’s your kiss that conquers?”

Ted, Jimmy, and Bo are so focused the ensemble — and vice versa–  that even their brilliant solos (and there are too many to count) weave new threads into the gorgeous fabric of improvising:

Ted, for example, quotes Count Basie’s “Lil’ Darling” and Bob tosses it all over 3 choruses later in his pianistic evocation of the whole Basie band, even as Jeff does his best Jo Jones. Bo performs  2 “stop choruses” that ignite lightening storms — with flashes of instrumental accents through the remaining portions of those songs.

Jimmy shouts 3 fantastic final choruses on “St. Louis Blues,” (ending with an exalting Mazzy scream of “I love that gal like a schoolboy loves his pie, like a Kentucky colonel loves his rock and rye!” that Frank Cunningham was obliged to compress — because Jimmy almost lifted the track off the mixing board).  This makes Ted into a Texas tenor and transforms Herb into a tailgate tiger. (Programming note: I included this W.C. Handy song both because he so influenced Gershwin, but because the “Summertime” melody uncannily resembles Handy’s second, minor, strain.  And  in real time at Scullers, I asked Rebecca to sing “Summertime” next (and did she ever!), but I refrained from pointing this out, so as not to shatter the mood.”

Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Herb Gardner

Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Herb Gardner


Rebecca in strapless black gown singing

Rebecca Sullivan




Jazz singer Rebecca Sullivan added an additional instrumental voice to the ensemble, in addition to her own deeply-felt interpretations of iconic vocal masterpieces.




Eli tuba, Jimmy singing, Jeff in back on drums

Jimmy Mazzy and Eli Newberger have been together for years








Bob smiling at piano

Bob Winter, master improviser







Caroline playing old washboard around her neck with spoons

Carolyn Newberger




Washboard Artist Carolyn Newberger Strikes Up The Band on washboard.





Carolyn and Rebecca chortling after Bob Winter’s and Carolyn’s humorous piano-washboard “conversation” on “Strike Up the Band!”  It was one of the high points of the first set at Scullers!

Carolyn and Rebecca laughing in front of band

Bo, eyes closed, playing trumpet

Bo Winiker







Ted Casher on tenor sax

Ted Casher







Herb on trombone

Herb Gardner









Jeff on drums with sticks flying

Jeff Guthery










Eli joined Bob for 4-hand piano on “St. Louis Blues.”

Eli and Bob playing four-handed piano

Bob shares piano with Eli

Eli and The Hot Six forthcoming public performances are all at Ristorante Primavera, 20 Pleasant St. Millis, MA 7 to 9:30 as always.
January 14
March 19
April 14


Professional Photographer Eric Antoniou caught beautiful photos despite the low light. Frank Cunningham’s preliminary CD cuts are nearly all top notch, so a Hot Six Gershwin CD is going to happen, soon!  Stay tuned.