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

Midiri Brothers were at their best with Jeff Barnhart singing My Gal Sal.

It’s the Talk of the Town

Caroline Griep joined them on vocals  How About You,

If I Had You:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBcEeSxO35s

The Midiri Brothers showed their Classical side with song taken from Antonin Dvořák with Joe on soprano sax – Songs My Mother Taught To Me.

Steve Taddeo showed Jeff his drum walk-around on Savoy.  (15 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-zmNhMnvIw

Taddeo with cymbal by the piano

Drum “walk around”

Joe Midiri took to tenor sax for Dark Eyes

He took to soprano sax for Honey Hush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpa4qP_oyy0

The afternoon closed with a HOT Crazy Rhythm.

“Regulars” enjoyed listening to a fabulous afternoon of Swing and Jazz presented by Harold McAleer and The Lincoln Council on Aging, and produced by Steve Taddeo.

2 ladies and a gent

Connie, Bob, Jeannine

granddaughter and grandmother

Maryanne and Marie Mosiejczuk

Jeff Barnhart and The Midiri Brothers expressed their joy at playing here and said they would be back!  We will definitely let you know!

Thank you, Eric Devine, for the videos, and Harold McAleer and the Lincoln Council on Aging for the presentation.

Eric Devine

Harold speaking at mic

Harold McAleer

Tune List:

Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
My Gal Sal
It’s The Talk of The Town
How About You – Caroline
If I Had You               “
Shimmy She Wobble
Honey Hush
High Society
Savoy
Dark Eyes
Song My Mother Taught to Me  – Antonín Dvořák

Sheik of Araby
Jeepers Creepers – Caroline
Sunny Side of the Street
Crazy Rhythm

 

 

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

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

Primavera Thursday Night Jazz Schedule

Picture of Primavera entrance

Primavera Ristorante

Thursday Jazz 2018 Is Pleased to Present
Jazz at Primavera Ristorante   www.primav.com/

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

PRIMAVERA 2018 THURSDAY JAZZ

January
4             Blue Horizon Jazz Band
11           Sarah Gardner:  Sass ‘n Bones
18           Eli and The Hot Six
25           Riverboat Stompers 

February
1            Blue Horizon Jazz Band
8            Jack Soref Trio
15          Eli and The Hot Six
22          Wolverine Jazz Band

March
1             Blue Horizon Jazz Band
8             Sarah Gardner:  Sass ‘n Bones
15           Eli and The Hot Six
22           Christine Towle & The Eric Baldwin Trio
29           Riverboat Stompers

April
5            Blue Horizon Jazz Band
12          Dan Gabel ?
19          Eli and The Hot Six
26          Wolverine Jazz Band

May
3             Blue Horizon Jazz Band
10           Sarah Gardner:  Very Special Sass ‘n Bones
17           Eli and The Hot Six
24           Dixie Diehards
31           Riverboat Stompers

June
7            Blue Horizon Jazz Band
14          Wolverine Jazz Band
21          Eli and The Hot Six
28

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

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

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

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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

Dan Levinson and The Swing Senders at Bemis Hall, June 17, 2017

Dan Levinson and The Swing Senders at Bemis Hall
Dan Levinson, Tom Ferrante, John Clark reeds; Jeff Hughes trumpet, Paul Monat cornet, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Ross Petot piano, Bill Doyle guitar, Justin Meyer bass, Steve Taddeo drums, and…

Caroline holding mic and smiling

Caroline Griep

 

 

Caroline Griep vocals.

 

 

 

 

Dan Levinson returned to Bemis Hall with the Swing Senders for a fine afternoon of great music, produced by Steve Taddeo.  We’ll let Harold McAleer’s videos show how great it was……

Caroline sings Out of Nowhere

At one point, we had the Taddeo Trio with Dan, Ross and Steve:

China Boy

 

Fine and Dandy Taddio Trio

And a surprise Happy Birthday to Me – with three saxophones!

Finale – Crazy Rhythm, Taddeo drum solo:

The musicians still played their heart out despite the small crowd.   Besides Fathers’ Day, there was a lot happening this week.

Mark your calendars – Steve will be bringing more fine musicians to Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Rd. Lincoln, MA.  Please join us in supporting this fine Jazz and Swing!


August 13, Sun. 2-4pm The Big Four
with The Midiri Brothers with Jeff Barnhart piano/vocals, Steve Taddeo drums and Caroline Griep. FREE

October 11, Wed. 7:30-9pm Sarah Spencer and her Transatlantic All Stars, Sarah Spencer saxophone, Jeff Hughes cornet, John Clark reeds, Herb Gardner piano, Justin Meyer bass, Jimmy Mazzy banjo, Bill Doyle guitar, Gerry Gagnon trombone and Steve Taddeo drums  FREE