Sarah Spencer International Jazz Band at Bemis Hall  October 11, 2017

9 pc Real Trad Jazz Band - two reeds

Sarah Spencer International Jazz Band

Sarah and Minnie Mouse

Sarah and Minnie Mouse

 

Sarah Spencer returned from her home in England; stopped by at Disneyworld to catch up with friends, then settled in Connecticut, playing at Bill’s Seafood.  We were fortunate to have her with us in Lincoln, MA, with her International All Stars.  Our local musicians were thrilled to have Sarah here – that was obvious!

 

Jeff Hughes cornet, John Clark clarinet/soprano sax, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Jimmy Mazzy banjo/vocals, Herb Gardner piano, Justin Meyer  bass, Bill Doyle guitar, Steve Taddeo drums, Sarah Spencer tenor sax/vocals/clarinet/alto sax.

They opened with Jimmy singing Exactly Like You.  Sarah and The All Stars  played New Orleans Traditional Jazz – it was refreshing to hear it again!  She explained where the tunes came from, and what bands played them, like The Sam Morgan band, Papa Celestin,  Billy & Dede Pierce, Kid Thomas, Ma Rainey’s Tiajuana Man.

Clark on soprano, Sarah on tenor sax

John Clark and Sarah duet

 

 

John Clark took up soprano sax for Sweet Jenny Lee, a  Cab Callaway tune.

 

 

 

 

Steve Taddeo has been studying Baby Dodds – surprising the members of the band on Traditional Jazz – his passion is playing drums!
Sweet Jenny Lee

Sarah sang several songs, including Love, by Jabbo Smith.

Sarah singing. Taddeo reveling on drums, Jeff Hughes trumpet

Sarah sings Jabbo Smith’s Love

both singing on same mic

Sarah and Gerry sing

 

 

The band reveled in playing unusual pairings of musicians.  Sarah played clarinet on Savoy Blues, persuaded by John Clark.  Jerry Gagnon sang a duet with Sarah – that was a surprise!

Jimmy playing banjo and singing, head lowered

Jimmy sings with Justin Meyer behind him

 

 

 

Jimmy Mazzy sang Sweetheart of TKO, from “Papa” Celastin’s Original Tuxedo Orchestra.
Closer Walk With Thee had both Sarah and John playing clarinet, backed by the rhythm section. Justin Meyer was behind Jimmy with fluid intonation and flawless timing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herb Gardner learned and played many new songs this evening.

 

 

 

Herb Gardner enjoyed playing  on Bemis’s antique grand piano showing his astonishing improvisational skills – he had never heard some of these Traditional Jazz tunes!

 

 

 

 

Bill hidden behind mike, Gerry on muted trombone

Bil Doyle and Gerry Gagnon

 

Gerry Gagnon is amazing on trombone, improvising harmony lines, playing lovely slow glissando.
It was impossible to get a clear picture of Bill Doyle, playing guitar in the rhythm section, making every note count – invaluable to the band.

 

They closed with an astounding Panama.

All agreed that they will do this again next year.  The attentive and enthusiastic  audience applauded wholeheartedly!

The following Wednesday, Sarah Spencer played at a private house party in Concord MA that was well attended by Jimmy Mazzy fans.  She’s been driving from Connecticut to this party for years!

Thursday 26th she drove up to Primavera in Millis, Massachusetts and sat in with Jeff Hughes, Craig Ball, Jimmy Mazzy, Steve Taddeo and Ron L’Herault.  She said it was the most magnificent send-off possible; last few hours of her trip with the very best of friends.  Next morning she headed back home to England.

We look forward to her returning next year!!   We all love you, Sarah!

by Marce
videos by Harold McAleer

 

 

Jeff & Joel’s House Party #8, October 13-15, 2017

Banu with 13 male musicians

Jeff & Joel’s House Party #8

by Marty Fay
videos Cine Devine

As always, it was a mixture of the familiar and the new. There were musicians and songs that have thrilled previous House Party audiences, as well as new performers and songs that have not visited the House Party before now.

singing into mic

Banu Gibso

Banu Gibson was the new headliner and brought an interesting mix of musical talent (she stuck with vocals for the House Party), charts and humorous stories. She is a consummate performer and was well received from her Friday night spotlight and throughout the whole weekend. She stuck primarily to working with “charts” –  it is difficult to travel and develop a quick rapport with new musicians to back up your vocals – but it all came out very well.

She actually arrived in New York City a few days earlier and spent some time with the NYC crew.

 

Vince on banjo, Banu smiling

Vince Giordano and Banu

 

 

Friday night she was backed by Vince Giordano (on his multitude of instruments), Dan Levinson (on reeds), Tom Palinko (on drums) and Jeff Barnhart (on keyboards). She also featured some vocal duties by Vince and Jeff. The charts gave the show more structure than we usually rely upon.

Jeepers Creepers
Banu Gibson – Vocal
Mike Davis – Trumpet
Dan Levinson – Reeds
Jim Fryer – Trombone
Dalton Ridenhour – Piano
Vince Giordano – Bass
Kevin Dorn – Drums
 
Joel and Banu laughing

Banu and Joel Schiavone

 

 

At the start of her career, Banu  actually worked for Joel Schiavone, so it was a homecoming of sorts for her. Your Father’s Mustache was alive and well in Branford this past weekend!

Vince Giordano – My Blackbirds are Bluebirds Now
For the rest of the weekend most of the structure was Jeff’s freewheeling mix of musicians and styles. He always prepares a list of which musicians are featured for
each song with only a suggestion of style of music and a nominal tune caller. Then he tells the musicians that they are free to ad lib and add others as they go.
On some of these Banu used charts and on others she joined into the loose structure for which we are known.

New for this year was Jeff’s depiction of a NYC crew and suburban crew.

The suburban crew included Jeff, Tom Palinko, Joel, Frank Tate (on bass), Fred Vigorito (on trumpet and cornet), Tom Boates (on trombone) and the inimitable Noel Kaletsky (on reeds).
China Boy

Big Noise From Winnetka featured Tom Palinko drums.

The NYC crew included Vince, Dan, Jim Fryer (on trombone and other brass instruments), Kevin Dorn (on drums), Dalton Ridenhour (on keyboards) and Mike Davis (on trumpet). Dalton and Mike were new to the House Party and performed well beyond their years. Note their names because you will be hearing more about them as time goes on. They were great new additions.

Shake It and Break It

 

 

 

Jeff & Dalton play 4-handed piano – Everybody Loves My Baby

 

 

As usual, sometimes tunes were called that some of the band members did not know. Either a quick series of notes from another musician or a quick professional ear always seems to result in solid performances that the audience enjoyed without feeling that anything sounded the slightest bit off.

In keeping with the freewheeling spirit, Jeff and Joel added groupings and performances as the show went forward.

 

Man with white mustache on banjo

Chris Fennimore

 

 

 

Chris Fennimore came from Pittsburgh once again to enjoy the weekend and add his banjo talents to some of Joel’s sing along specialties.

 

 

 

Joel caught the structured feeling and scheduled tributes to Firehouse Five + 2, Turk Murphy, and Clancy Hayes.

Personally, I can hardly wait for Eric Devine’s You Tube offerings. It was a great weekend and created great memories.

Marty Fay, J&JHP Volunteer & washboard player
Photos Eric and Sheral Devine

More CineDevine Videos:
Coming
I Don’t Know Enough About You –  Banu  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2nUnsNF8ZQ&feature=push-u&attr_tag=wcEAGxfmIXqlnROC-6
That’s a Plenty  NYC Crew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6n1IrJHzbU

Dave Whitney Big Band at Bemis Hall, October 1, 2017

17-pc band (missing one trumpet)

Dave Whitney Big Band

videos by Harold McAleer

An extension of Dave’s small bands, his fourteen piece orchestra was formed in 1989.  The focus of this band was playing and preserving the classic sounds of the big band era.

Now an 18-piece band, members here were:
Saxophones
Dave Jost
Art Bakopolus
Diane Heffner
Bob Drukman
Kathleen Howland

Trumpets
Dave Whitney, leader
Joe Musumeci
Jeff Hughes
Brittany Betts, vocals

Trombones
Scott Hill
Mike Strauss
Hikaru Sato

Guitar: Karen Quatromoni, vocals
Piano Steve Dale,
Bass Dave LeBleu,
Drums Reid Jorgensen

This orchestra is comfortable playing for the listener and is equally at ease playing for dancers.  Besides saluting the big name bands such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Harry James, the Whitney Orchestra also plays the music of other fine bands such as Tony Pastor, Vaughn Monroe, Frankie Carle, Scat Davis and Red Nichols.

They greeted the full house with Dave’s theme song, When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful, and continued for an exhilarating afternoon of  fine swing and Jazz.

blowing trumpet

Dave Whitney

Well known in New England for his work with the Yankee Rhythm Kings, White Heat Swing Orchestra, and Chris Powers Orchestra, Dave Whitney was influenced by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Bobby Hackett and many other great trumpeters of the pre-bop era.  Dave has been called “Premier early style trumpeter” of this area” and “Dean of swing trumpet”.   He was featured on Boy Meets Horn, and sang several tune including Marie and Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long.

 

on Steinway

Steve Dale

Pianist Steve Dale was featured on Sunrise Serenade.  Steve does many arrangements, and transcribed Louis Armstrong’s Back ‘o Town Blues.

 

 

 

An original member of the band, Reid Jorgensen’s drums pulsated on Louis Prima’s Sing, Sing, Sing.

singing

Brittany Betts

 

 

Trumpeter Brittany Bett’s sang several songs, including And The Angels Sing,

 

 

Guitarist Karen Quatromoni sang Peggy Lee’s Let’s Do It and I’m Beginning To See The Light.

Jeff Hughes was featured on flugelhorn with Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life.

flugelhorn and piano

Jeff Hughes and Steve Dale

on baritone sax

Kathleen Howland

 

Jeff and Kathleen Howland blew the roof off on Count Basie’s 920 Special.

 

 

 

on alto sax

Art Bakopolus

 

 

Art Bakopolus, another one of the band’s originals, was featured on alto sax with All of Me.

 

 

 

 

on clarinet

Diane Heffner

 

Diane Heffner, clarinet, played in a medley of The Things I Love, Peaceful In The Country, and Something New.

 

 

 

There was even a touch of Dixieland, with a six-piece Band within a Band: Jeff Hughes & Dave Whitney trumpets, Dave Jost trombone, and Mike Strauss clarinet, Steve Dale piano, Dave LeBleu bass, playing Battle Hymn of the Republic.

6 pc Dixie Band, no banjo

Band within a Band playing Dixieland

Dave closed with everyone taking a fabulous solo on Mary Lou Williams’ Roll ’em.

The Dave Whitney Orchestra has entertained for numerous swing dance parties and has performed at Ryles, the Sherborn Inn, Rockingham Ballroom, Bridgwaye Inn, and bi-monthly at Angelica’s in Middleton, MA.  The Band now has a compact disc titled “Swingin’ at the Wunderbar”.  To get the CD email Dave davjazzer64@yahoo.com or write to Dave Whitney 33 Wyman rd.Bilerica,Ma. 01821.  $15, add $2 for shipping.

Tunes:
Intro: When Somebody Thinks Your Wonderful
Big John Special
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Tenderly
920 Special
Marie
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Back o’ Town Blues
All of Me
Pedido
Lush Life
Let’s Do It
And The Angels Sing
Battle Him of the Republic
Dixie Band
Sing Sing Sing
Are You Having Any Fun?
I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love With Me
Too Little Time
Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long
Sunrise Serenade
Harlem Butterfly
Boogie Blues
The Music Makers
Back Home Again in Indiana
Medley:
The Things I Love
Peaceful In The Country
Something Now
Boy Meets Horn
Imagination
Roll ‘em

Steve Taddeo Big Band, September 9, 2017 at Bemis Hall

18-piece Big Band

Steve Taddeo Big Band

videos by CineDevine

Saxophones: Maureen Amaral, Kaitlyn Haggerty, Jeff Poster, Jim DeVito, Ben Petrucci and Frank David;
Trombones: Bob Sinclair, Rick Ong, Kurt Thuler and Chris DeCenzo;
Trumpets: Larry Panzer, Skip Gummoe, Garry Freedman Richie Thuler and Bill Cable;
Rhythm section, David James piano, John Deardon string bass, Bill Doyle guitar and Steve Taddeo drums and Leader;
Vocalists: Debby Nordike  and Paul Agnew and special guest Paul Monat cornet

In 1939, Dick Donovan fulfilled a lifelong dream by starting the Dick Donovan Big Band with Paul Brann, bass.  As the leader of a 20-piece big band, Dick delighted audiences throughout New England and helped to bring authentic music from a bygone era to listeners young and old. He retired from the bandstand in 2008.

Donovan gladly turned the band  and charts over to drummer Steve Taddeo and Paul Brann.  Since then, they have been rehearsing the band every other Monday in Waltham MA.  They did swing dances and mostly private parties.

Steve drumming in ecstacy

Steve Taddeo

 

 

Recently re-titled The Steve Taddeo Big Band.  Steve gets an overwhelming feeling of happiness and joyful excitement leading this band – Paul Brann is still Manager.

 

 

piano, string bass, guitar, drum

The Rhythm Boys: David James, John Deardon,  Steve Taddeo, Bill Doyle

They started with Don’t Be That Way, with Maureen Amaral on clarinet

Ben Petrucci, original Member of the Donovan Band, plays alto sax on
Stella By Starlight

Moonlight Serenade

Debby Nordike sings Orange Colored Sky

Paul Agnew sings I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

720 In The Books

Guest Paul Monat plays cornet on I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me

A Foggy Day In London Town, Kurt Thuler, Trombone

Rose of The Rio Grande  Kurt Thuler Trombone

Drumming Man – Steve Taddeo does his drum walk-around, ending with bassist John Deardon’s play on Ray Bauduc and Bob Haggart’s drum/string bass duet.

They closed with Orange Coast.  They plan to play many summer concerts.  If you’d like to hire The Steve Taddeo Big Band, email Steve Taddeo at taddeosm@comcast.net  .

More Videos:

A Tisket A Tasket
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_6Gy5iDL6Q

Opus One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBfccYQRwOI

Big John
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkJx_OI8YoI

Tuxedo Junction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPJ-lWycN7Q

Quincy  & The Count
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKQ5XeEoAFM

Board Meeting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vg-Qoxfm5s

Leap Frog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcSNfWTfxUw

Right Idea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibadM09VhNI

Fannie Mae
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qheS-hxdz8

Big Swing Face
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBeVao6tA6k

Orange Toast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5Tig_bR2eQ

A Foggy Day In London Town
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8kPxVmPUts

Traffic Jam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BquTq3PjUyQ

It’s Almost Like Being In Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS0_zJKAv-U

Freckle Face
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTv-lpx_J3o

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!

TUNES:
Blue Skies
I Cried For You
Blue Monk
After You’ve Gone
Route 66
Stardust
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)

Sarah Gardner Sass & Bones at Primavera Ristorante August 24, 2017

6 pc Jazz Band - no trombone or guitar

Sarah Gardner’s Sass & Bones

Sarah Gardner leader/vocals, Jeff Hughes cornet, John Clark clarinet and alto sax, Herb “Pops” Gardner keyboard, Bill Reynolds drums

Sarah is a gentle sparkplug that touches the heart and spirit, a wonderful,  lyrical vocalist.  For years she has been teaching children with her songs, and created many CDs.  This was her first foray into leading a band; she chose our top musicians to support  her.   It was such a blast for all involved, they can’t wait to do it again!

It began with an instrumental, Royal Garden Blues, to warm up the guys.  Not that they needed it – there is a camaraderie that exists between these musicians.  Their love and expertise for this music fell right into place and it all came together.

Bill Reynolds on drums and singing into mic

Bill Reynolds Sings

 

 

Sarah sang many songs, but left ample spaces for ensembles and solos, even sharing vocals.  Who knew drummer Billl Reynolds could sing?  He was in fine voice for All of Me and Embraceable You.  He’s a creative drummer – using his hands on Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.

 

 

 

Herb at keyboard smiling and singing

Herb Gardner

 

 

“Pops” Herb Gardner sang songs that he composed: Summer People about crowds going to the beaches, and Gun Shots and Sirens  about a man who moved from a busy city to the quiet country, and missed those.  (His sleep was disturbed by crickets.)

 

 

 

Sarah composed tunes for her CD Jazz for Lil Jumpers  that  John and Jeff had never heard – they played by reading her charts.  Bill’s drums were featured on Its Raining Cats & Dogs! 

clarinet and cornet bent forward reading charts

John and Jeff playing tunes they never heard before.

 

Al Bernard on very old helicon

Al Bernard on very old Helicon

 

 

 

Al was on a Helicon that was over 100 years old and solo’d on My Mother’s Son in Law and Keep Your Hands Off It (Sarah composition.)

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff presenting cornet for photo

Jeff Hughes on Vintage French Besson cornet

 

 

 

Jeff Hughes was on an amazing 150-year-old Besson cornet!

 

 

 

 

John on alto sax

John Clark

 

 

 

 

Multi-instumentalist, John Clark, stayed with clarinet and alto sax.

 

 

 

Jerry Wadsworth, a faithful follower, drove for two hours from vacationing in Chatham on the Cape to Primavera in Millis to hear Sarah and her new band.

They closed with Goodbye, Sing This Song, also on her Jazz for ‘lil Jumpers” CD.  She wrote that one too.  That perfectly describes Sarah; uplifting and warm, lilting energy filled with sparkling songs.   They will be back!!

TUNES
Royal Garden Blues
Everybody Loves My Baby
I Had The Craziest Dream
All of Me – Bill R
After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It
Come Rain or Come Shine
Summer People – Pops
I’m Flying High
Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia
Jazz For Little Jumpers
Happy Feet
My Mother’s Son in Law
Gun Shots and Sirens – Pops
Cheek to Cheek
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Me Myself and I
Embraceable You – Bill R
Keep Your Hands Off It
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
Comes Love
Step Down For Kids
Goodbye, Sing This Song

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.”

dentist

 

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??

Stan McDonald’s Blue Horizon Jazz Band at Primavera Ristorante August 3, 2017

7 pc trad jazz band

Stan McDonald’s Blue Horizon Jazz Band

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

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band was eager to play following a two-month hiatus at Primavera Ristorante.  They played many of our Traditional Jazz Favorites;  Gerry Gagnon, Stan McDonald and Phil Person carried the melody on front  line.  In Trad Jazz, somebody always plays the melody.

trombone, soprano sax, trumpet

Front Line: Gerry Gagnon, Stan McDonald, Phil Person

They were backed by rhythm section: Jack Soref on guitar, Rich Malcolm drums, and Stu Gunn acoustic double bass.  The front line played great ensemble backed by exemplary rhythm on Spreading Joy.

Stan on soprano sax

Stan McDonald, leader

 

 

 

Leader Stan McDonald was featured on Bechet’s Fantasy, and singing All By Myself.

 

 

 

 

Phil Person

 

 

 

Phil Person adds his own unique voice on trumpet with beautifully simple phrasing.

 

 

Rich tapping sticks attached to bass drum

Rich Malcolm

 

 

Rich Malcolm maintains that important Trad Beat with unique improvisations.  It’s a joy to watch his antics!

 

 

 

 

 

Jack on Django style guitar

Jack Soref

 

 

Jack’s D-hole guitar was specially built for him by a friend in Worcester, combining  several designs from various French guitars – sounding very much like Gypsy Jazz.

 

 

 

 

Stu Gun on acoustic double bass

Stu Gun on acoustic double bass

 

 

 

 

Stu Gunn also maintains the beat, in sync with the drum.  His solo on Memphis Blues expressed flawless intonation.

 

 

 

 

Gerry’s instrument is a 1946 Olds Super Trombone with wide tone band and hand engraved details.  He is equally adept on tuba and fills in when Stu can’t make it.

Gerry on trombone

Gerry Gagnon

Hand engraved trombone

Stan took a break after the second set.  The rhythm boys were featured on I Remember When.

drums, gita, bass

The Rhythm Boys: Rich Malcolm, Jack Soref, Stu Gunn

Then the 5-piece band took off with Sweet Sue, Chinatown, My Blue Heaven, Strutting with Some Barbecue, and Gerry singing The Sheikh of Araby.  They closed the evening with Coquette.

5 pc band, no sax

My Blue Heaven

Chinatown

Coquette – video by Ellen McDonald

Stan McDonald’s Blue Horizon Jazz Band plays at Primavera on the first Thursday of every month; they will return September 7th.   Join us!

TUNES:
Got Rhythm
Blue Turning Gray Over You
Roaming
My Gal Sal
Tijuana
Some Sweet Day
Bechet’s Fantasy
Spreading Joy
Lotus Blossom
Memphis Blues
All By Myself
I Remember When
Sweet Sue
Strutting with Some Barbecue
The Sheikh of Araby
My Blue Heaven
Coquette

Steve Taddeo & The Swing Senders July 27, 2017 at Primavera Ristorante, Millis MA

by Bill Falk

7-pc swing band

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders

Paul Monat Cornet & Trombone; Dan Gabel Trombone, John Clark Reeds; Ross Petot Piano; Bill Doyle Guitar; Jon Dreyer Bass; Caroline Griep Vocals; Steve Taddeo Drums.

This was Steve Taddeo front and center. The outstanding drummer romped through the evening with great solo after great solo. He drove the band through lots of fast paced numbers featuring improvisation by the individual members.

On Slingerland Drums

Steve Taddeo

John in blue shirt on clarinet

John Clark

 

 

 

John Clark held the band together with steady reed work. Plus, he soloed beautifully, especially on the Wabash Blues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Gabel and Paul Monat were impressive on trombone duets – not something you see often.

 

 

I thought Bill Doyle on guitar paced the rhythm section while Jon Dreyer on bass was extremely consistent.

on 1938 guitar

Bill Doyle

playing double bass and smiling

Jon Dreyer

Ross Petot blended in well on piano and soloed well later in the program.

Ross playing stride on keyboard

Ross Petot

Caroline smiling and singing

Caroline Griep

 

 

Caroline Griep sang several old standards, but I thought she was somewhat overpowered by the power of the band – which nullified her effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

The band played driving versions of standards mostly, and they certainly shook the rafters with sound. However, I thought they produced a little too much noise which hurt the overall effectiveness of the group.

Steve Taddeo is marvelous and always puts on a great performance. This was no exception.  He is well worth the price of admission.

Avalon

 

Dan Gabel with white pants and vest and wing tips playing valve trombone

Dan Gabel on Vaughn Monroe’s valve trombone

 

 

Don Gabel told an interesting story about his valve trombone. The family of the late, great Vaughn Monroe presented it to him and told him to play it, not let it sit idle. Old timers may remember Monroe’s version of “Racing With The Moon.” It was a big hit nationally.

 

 

 

 

 

by Bill Falk

photos by Marce

For more about Dan Gabel and Vaughn Monroe, see the October 4-8 Calendar.

 

 

 

Eli and The Hot Six at Primavera Ristorante July 20, 2017

7-pc Traditional and Swing Band

Eli & The Hot Six

Bo Winiker trumpet/flugelhorn, Ted Casher clarinet/tenor and alto sax, Herb Gardner trombone, Bob Winter piano, Jim Mazzy banjo/vocals, Eli Newberger leader/tuba, Zac Casher drums, Elaine Wu, Watson Reid and Nat Coolidge vocals, Carolyn Newberger washboard

Eli and The Hot Six is composed of seasoned veterans with the wisdom and expertise gained from playing many, many gigs in a variety of venues.  They exhude rhythmic energy with delicate ornamentations — and  it’s always new, enriching and nourishing for your jazz soul.

Eli playing fancy tuba

Eli Newberger

 

Eli leads them with a subtle pointing and each has the courage to follow his impulse and makes the melody come alive.   His monstrous tuba becomes the rhythmic instrument that guides them.

Eli was the Tiger in Tiger Rag with swinging synergy inspired by the burning tempo. In the middle, Eli motioned to Bo and Bob, and they abruptly responded, trading two bars then one bar, at that fast tempo.  It was done seamlessly; amazing!

 

Bo on trumpet

Bo Winiker

 

Bo Winiker’s trumpet generally establishes the melody, but doesn’t always take the lead.   His ability to improvise seems limitless.

Bo created arrangements for this 7-piece band that made it sound like a full orchestra on Don’t Get Around Much Anymore and a
Duke Medley of
 Mood Indigo,
Sophisticated Lady
,
I’ve Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,
with Ted switching to alto sax.

Clarinet master Ted Casher is also a full-blown tenor saxophonist with total command of the horn.  it was a revelation to hear him on alto.  His son Zac provided solid, swinging support every note of the way, with a loose touch that gets big sound.

Zac on drums, Ted on clarinet

Zac and Ted Casher, father and son team.

Bob Winter’s propulsive rhythms and fluent style were apparent on his unique version of Gershwin’s masterpiece Begin The Beguine.  He plays challenging music that only top musicians can meet.  He added so much!

Bob playing, Eli looking down with arms crossed, and smiling

Eli enjoying Bob’s surprises on keyboard

Herb on trombone

Herb Gardner

 

Herb Gardner’s supple fingers showed digital dexterity on trombone. He once said “Each trumpet player is different, and you change your lines to fit his style. Jazz is an exercise in manipulating music and it can be incredibly rewarding with these top players.”
Herb’s expertise was featured playing and singing on Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Let’s Misbehave, with a great drum solo by Zac.

 

 

 

Carolyn with eyes closed playing washboard with spoons

Carolyn Newberger – file photo

 

 

 

Carolyn Newberger added a little spice to the band with Miami Beach Rhumba on washboard, with  Bob Winter’s encouraging assistance.

 

 

 

 

Jim playing banjo, Zac in back

Jimmy Mazzy and Zac Casher

 

 

 

Jimmy’s one-note banjo and singing style are renowned.  He kicked off this evening with banjo and vocal on Basin St. Blues.

But he’s a busy guy, so the band has added several new vocalists.

 

 

 


Elaine Wu

 

 

Elaine Wu’s deep feeling takes us inside each song, making each composition tender or perky, treating us with many tunes, including one we’ve never heard before, I’m an Errand Girl for Rhythm, send me.

 

 

 

 

Watson with a big smile, holding a mic

Watson Reid

 

 

 

Watson Reid realy enjoys singing with this band, he’s a tasteful, swinging and inventive interpreter of Bill Bailey and Flat Foot Floogie

 

 

 

Nat in cowboy hat singing into mic

Nat Coolidge

 

 

 

Nat Coolidge gave a sweetly earnest performance on Summertime and You Do Something To Me – this was his first time with the band.

 

 

 

They finished with a fiery St. James Infirmary,  with Jimmy scatting it to a close.

Music is a powerful motivator.  Join them on Sunday and Monday presenting The Genius of Cole Porter Jul 23rd  8pm at Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201; Box Office: 413 236-8888 and Duke Ellington Swings!  July 24 at 8:00 PM  $45  info@barringtonstageco.org

TUNES:

Basin St. Blues – Jimmy
12th St. Rag
Nice Work If You Can Get It – Herb
Begin The Beguine – Bob
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Elaine
Tiger Rag – Eli
Summertime – Nat
Bill Bailey – Watson
Miami Beach Rhumba – Carolyn
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Ellington Medley:
Mood Indigo
Sophisticated Lady
I’ve Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
Errand Boy (Girl) – Elaine
Let’s Misbehave – Herb
Route 66 – Elaine
Flat Foot Floogie – Watson
You Do Something To Me – Nat
Saint James Infirmary Blues – Jimmy
Limehouse Blues