Eli & The Hot Six at Primavera November 17, 2016

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

Eli & The Hot Six + Rebecca Sullivan at Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield

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Barrington Stage Company Presents

Eli & The Hot Six + Rebecca Sullivan
Bob Winter, Bo Winiker, Jimmy Mazzy,
Ted Casher, Herb Gardner & Jeff Guthery
Monday, June 22, 2015 | 8:00 pm

Pittsfield, MA–Barrington Stage Company will present Swingin’ Gershwin with Eli & The Hot Six + Rebecca Sullivan on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Monday, June 22 at 8:00 pm.  Eli & The Hot Six are a fabulous jazz group just formed by the world-renowned tuba player and keyboardist, Eli Newberger and the band has a superb new CD, titled Eli & The Hot Six LIVE Contemporary Classic Jazz.

The group’s approach honors the New Orleans tradition of ensemble improvising while featuring the solo brilliance of its distinctive, contemporary musical personalities. Jazz singer Rebecca Sullivan adds an additional instrumental voice to the ensemble, in addition to her own deeply-felt interpretations of iconic vocal masterpieces, from “Honeysuckle Rose” to “Perdido.” The new disc and show at Scullers also feature some of Boston’s finest, legendary musicians: Eli Newberger on tuba, Bob Winter on piano, Herb Gardner on trombone, Bo Winiker on trumpet, Ted Casher on clarinet, soprano and tenor saxes, Jimmy Mazzy on banjo and vocals and Jeff Guthery on drums.

Barrington Stage Company and its Boyd-Quinson Mainstage is located at 30 Union Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201. Tickets at $45 and $35 go on sale now at www.BarringtonStageCo.org or call 413-236-8888.

Eli Newberger is a famed musician. 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.

Eli Newberger is also a highly-lauded and world-renowned pediatrician affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston. Known for his ability to apply good sense and up-to-date science to unresolved issues of family life, he has been a pioneer in identifying and treating child abuse and family violence.  He is often called to testify in legal cases and is a high profile media personality, having appeared nationally on The Today Show, ABC World NewsTonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, CNN News, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and National Public Radio programs such as Here and Now.  In the Boston market, he has appeared on The Connection and Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, CBS News Boston, WCVB 5 News, 7News Boston, NECN News, NECN’s Broadside with Jim Braude, Boston Public Radio, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, WBUR FM’s Radio Boston, WCVB TV’s Chronicle among others.

With girlish sophistication, gleaming intelligence and three-octave range, jazz singer Rebecca Sullivan, a Pennsylvania native, is at 31 already a full-blown original—someone who stands apart from all the standards singers now crowding the field not only with her distinctive style, but also her eagerness to take risks. Rebecca received her Masters of Music Degree in Contemporary Improvisation and Voice from New England Conservatory of Music in May 2014. In a quirk of circumstance, she and Eli Newberger were assigned to one another as mentee and mentor.  After sitting in with his band in 2012 at their gig at the Sherborn Inn, the Hot Six and fans wanted her back!  She’s now based in New York, works in the offices of the Metropolitan Opera and shows up in Boston for gigs with the Hot Six.  Rebecca has a fine website,http://www.rebeccasullivanjazz.com.

Bob Winter, unassailable dean of Boston jazz pianists, is a veteran performer in all manner of musical situations and styles,  in solo, duo, trio and small group settings. Since 1980, Bob 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.

Bo Winiker, a graduate of New England Conservatory, plays trumpet, flugelhorn and vibraphone. Bo recently fulfilled his lifelong dream of conducting and soloing at Boston Symphony Hall, where he led the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra during the opening night of both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Symphony Orchestra seasons as well as the sold out 2013 and 2014 New Year’s Eve galas. He toured worldwide with the NEC’s Grammy® Award-winning Ragtime Ensemble, under the direction of Gunther Schuller as well as with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. In addition, Bo has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra and has also recorded on the movie soundtrack A League of Their Own with Billy Joel. Bo performed at the White House for President Ford and at two Presidential Inaugurations, for Presidents Carter and Clinton.

One of the busiest jazzmen in New England, clarinetist and saxophonist Ted Casher grew up in Skowhegan, Maine in a family of musicians.  Ted’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 and playing tenor sax in big bands from the legendary Duke Delaire Big Band at Bovi’s Tavern in East Providence and Peter Duchin’s Orchestra performing everywhere at society dances.  Ted is renowned for his fluent improvisations, exquisite sound, klezmer inflections and boffo sense of humor.

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.  He is featured on more than 30 albums, many of them on the famous Stomp Off label including the Paramount Jazz Band and his own Jimmy Mazzy & Friends.  In a New York Times review of Jimmy and Eli’s Stomp Off recording, Shake It Down, critic John S. Wilson wrote: “Mr. Mazzy sings with husky-voiced intensity and a sentimental enthusiasm that sometimes suggests a cross between Ted Lewis and Clancy Hayes. His banjo-playing is relaxed and flowing, providing light lines that help the tuba rise up and shuffle around.”

Drummer Jeff Guthery won the “fastest hands” division of the World’s Fastest Drummer competition at the Anaheim Winter NAMM Show in 2007. He has been playing drums for ten years and performed traditional and bebop jazz in Kyrgyzstan and South Korea for five years prior to coming to Boston, where he is currently a student at Berklee College of Music’s Percussion Department, majoring in Jazz Drum Set Performance.

Soon after moving to New York in 1963, trombonist Herb Gardner 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.

Swingin’ Gershwin
Eli & The Hot Six + Rebecca Sullivan
Barrington Stage Company’s
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
30 Union Street,
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Monday, June 22 at 8:00 pm
$45 and $35
Call: 413-236-8888

Media Contacts:

For Eli Newberger:
Sue Auclair, Sue Auclair Promotions
617-522-1394 | jazzwoman@earthlink.net

For Barrington Stage:
Charlie Siedenburg, BSC Press Director
551-655-0968 | charlie_siedenburg@yahoo.com

Media materials & musical sample here:  http://sueauclairpromotions.com/Sue_Auclair_Promotions/Eli_%26_The_Hot_Six_On_The_Road.html


Eli & The Hot Six with Rebecca Sullivan at Primavera Ristorante February 26, 2015

7-piece Trad Jazz Band

Eli & The Hot Six

Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Rebecca Sullivan vocals, Ted  Casher  cllarinet/tenor sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Bob Winter keyboard, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Jeff Guthery drums.

by Marce

Eli & The Hot Six is a powerhouse group of accomplished musicians playing music to warm the heart and melt the snows!  They are spontaneous, inspiring one another, weaving around each other, with gentle sparkplug Bob Winter of the Boston Pops on keyboard, Jim Mazzy banjo and Jeff Guthery’s masterful drumming.

This was a celebration of the release of their first CD.  It is extraordinary in that it contained sketches of each musician by Carolyn Newberger.  Fans bought them quickly to obtain autographs of the musicians, at a special discounted price of $10.
Purchase here. 
Oh, and the Contemporary Classic Jazz was incredible!

Muscat Ramble kicked off this evening, with Jeff Guthery playing a solo on graduated temple blocks.

Rebecca sings

Rebecca Sullivan


Rebecca Sullivan warmed the crowd with Gershwin’s Summertime, an upbeat I’ve Got Rhythm.  Embraceable You, a tune from the new CD, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love. 
She drove from New York to get here, and returned afterwards to get to work in the morning at the NY Metropolitan Opera Guild!


Duke Ellington’s Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me, played very slowly,  Bo leading with Ted’s clarinet and Herb’s trombone in the background.

Eli grimacing as his tuba tiger roars

Eli Newberger, the roaring tiger



The growl of the rip-roaring tuba-tiger on Tiger Rag. Eli’s dedication and devotion to this music are apparent on his face!





He jumps up and leads the front line parading through the enthusiastic audience; they love this music and enjoyed becoming part of it.

Eli and front line parading through the audience

Parade of the Tigers

Carolyn Newberger is usually sitting quietly, drawing sketches of the musicians. They are works of art, and available with the CD.  Tonight she let loose and joined the band on washboard for an energetic Miami Beach Rhumba – fun tune, and they all had fun playing it.

Carolyn standing, playing washboard hanging from her neck

Carolyn plays washboard

Jimmy grimacing as he sings the blues

Jimmy Mazzy feels the pain


Jimmy agonizes with the blues, almost reading the words of a man who searched for his loved one and found her body at St. James Infirmary.  The instrumental solos build powerfully, with Jimmy ending in heartbreaking a capella, sadly, mournfully.




Perdido:  Eli says it all in his Notes on the CD: Eli & The Hot Six LIVE, Contemporary Classic JAZZ.
“Ted   Casher’ eloquent solo tenor sax builds a rhythmic foundation for this splendid song written by Juan Tizol, a trombonist in the Ellington band.   Rebecca jumps in almost as an instrumental voice, extending chorus after chorus of melodic variations,  counter rhythms, and little  conversations with  clarinet, trumpet, and trombone.  One can hear why Bob and the horn players, steeped in this music and, indeed, knowing the passing harmonies and final ensemble riffs like the backs of their hands, love her  so much. “

Front l ine

Ted Casher, Bo Winiker, Herb Gardner

They closed with Bye Bye Blackbird, first recorded by Gene Austin in 1926.  It’s not bye-bye for this band, just the beginning.  They will return often, we hope, before their official CD release at Sculler’s Jazz Club on May 21st.  Hope to see you there??

Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge,
400 Soldiers Field Road,  Boston, MA 02134
May 21st – Show: $30, Show & Dinner: $70, Show Time: 8pm  617-562-4111

Eli & The Hot Six LIVE, Contemporary Classic JAZZ

Recorded live at the Sherborn Inn, Sherborn MA
December 2013 through  May 2014

Septet with Rebecca Sullivan

Honeysuckle Rose                             Rebecca Sullivan
St. James Infirmary                            Jimmy Mazzy
Oh By Jingo                                        Bob Winter
Perdido                                               Rebecca Sullivan
Chinatown, my Chinatown                  Jimmy Mazzy
Body and Soul                                    Ted Casher
I Can’t Give You Anything…                Rebecca Sullivan
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen                       Ted Casher
Just Squeeze Me                                 Rebecca Sullivan
Them There Eyes                                Rebecca Sullivan
Charlie on the MTA                              Ted Casher
Tiger Rag                                             Randy Reinhart


Eli's notes