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

by Bill Falk

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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.



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.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Elise with Jeff Hughes trumpet in background

Elise Roth




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




Ross on piano

Ross Petot




Ross Petot had Bemis’ marvelous vintage piano singing!


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

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




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






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

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


Dan sounds like Glenn Miller on trombone.

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



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






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

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

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

full band, Taddeo centered

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

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

Midiri Brothers join Swing Senders at Bemis Hall, August 13, 2016

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Midiri Brothers with Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders

videos by Harold McAleer

We were thrilled to have the Midiri Brothers back, and they were happy to return to Bemis Hall in Lincoln, Massachusetts with Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders:

John Clark  director on reeds, Paul Monat cornet, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Ross Petot  piano, Bill Doyle guitar, Justin Meyer string bass, Steve Taddeo drums, Caroline Griep and Paul Agnew vocals, and of course Joe Midiri on reeds and Paul Midiri on vibes (and drums).

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders opened their Aug 13, 2016 concert with the Midiri Brothers with this 1928 classic  Crazy Rhythm – Harold McAleer’s videos tell the story best:

The next tune shows the band’s great solos by each musician, as well as the Midiri Brothers together, and portrays the fabulous afternoon of Swing and Jazz that we witnessed here today:

When I Grow Too Old To Dream

Bemis Hall was filled with avid fans, and they were not disappointed.

crowd of about 100

There were more tables in the rear.

brunette vocalist

Caroline Griep



Caroline Griep joined the band for Out of Nowhere, Slow Boat to China, Taking a Chance on Love.  She’s always a joy to hear!




After You’ve Gone was WILD! Joe Midiri HOT clarinet. Paul Monat holding a long note on cornet, Paul on vibes and John Clark on bari sax playing innumerable notes on that onerous instrument.  It just couldn’t get any better than this!

But there was much more!

Paul at mic, gray hair and glasses

Paul Agnew



Paul Agnew sang All By Myself.

Paul is a local vocalist (Braintree) who interprets the timeless music of the Great American Songbook with meaning and authority.




Steve let Gene Krupa loose on Don’t Be That Way, with everyone stopped and focused on Taddeo.

band all at attention

Steve Taddeo solo

big grin on his face

Joe Midiri singing Louis




Joe Midiri does a great Louis Armstrong, singing Pennies From Heaven, and playing a duet with Gerry Gagnon’s fine trombone.




Our favorite is always when Joe does Sidney Bechet on soprano sax, – Si tu Vois Ma Mère:

Avalon was over 18 minutes long, with many great solos and the marvelous Midiri Brothers playing together.  Steve Taddeo was featured in an 11 minute drum presentation, including his ‘walk around’; Justin joins him on string bass at 10, and Paul Midiri joins him for a drum duet at 13.  They do enjoy this!

They closed this superb evening with Russian Lullaby.

The Midiri Brothers enjoy being here and promised they would return; we’re certainly looking forward to them next August 13th, 2017 at Ken’s Steak house, Rt. 9 Framingham MA  – The Big Four, with The Midiri bros,Paul Midiri vibes, Joe Midiri reeds, Jeff Barnhart stride piano and Steve Taddeo drums, and With Caroline Griep vocals
Stay tuned to our calendars at


Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders with Ken Peplowski, Bemis May 29, 2016

Ken Peplowski and Swing Senders

Ken Peplowski and Swing Senders

Ken Peplowski clarinet/tenor sax, John Clark clarinet/bari sax, Craig Ball clarinet, Jeff Hughes trumpet, Bill Doyle guitar, Dan Gabel trombone, Ross Petot piano, Justin Meyer bass, Steve  Taddeo drums, Caroline Griep vocals.

Ken Peplowski

Ken Peplowski


Ken Peplowski joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow as lead alto. They played one-nighters every day for 48 weeks out of the year.  In 1980, Ken moved to New York City, and was soon playing in all kinds of settings, from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz.  In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone.


This afternoon with the Swing Senders, Ken Peplowski played virtuosic clarinet.  He was very impressed with these musicians.

Caroline Griep

Caroline Griep


Vocalist Caroline Griep has excellent range and diction.  She sang:
All of Me,
Taking a Chance on Love,
She is the only vocalist we’ve ever heard say “Pick a key, I’ll find it.”



Lionel Hampton’s Flying Home was absolutely incredible with swinging ensembles and concise solos.

Ken listens ...

Ken listens to our musicians playing ensemble.



Ken listens to Dan Gabel, Jeff Hughes, and John Clark play Poor Butterfly




Taddeo’s Senders’ rhythm section is the best he has ever had, Bill Doyle on guitar, Justin Meyer on string bass, and Ross Petot on piano

Bill Doyle and Justin Meyer

Bill Doyle and Justin Meyer

Ross at piano

Ross Petot


Clarinet Trio

Clarinet Trio plays Sweet Sue – Craig Ball,, Ken Peplowski, John Clark


Taddeo by Ross's piano on small drum, with Ken on clarinet

Steve, Ross and Ken do a rousing rendition of China Boy


Taddeo and Peplowski

Ken and Steve tom tom duet



They closed the Show with Taddeo’s theme song Dinah, Ken and Steve did a clarinet Tom tom duet and motioned for the whole band to join in and wail, and wail they did!!! .

Haggart ....

Taddeo taps on string bass





Taddeo did his famous drum walk around and played a ferrous drum solo on Justin Meyer’s strings.  The crowd loved it.


Enthusiastic Crowd

Enthusiastic Crowd

Peplowski was very impressed with the Swing Senders and said several times that he can’t wait to come back. He had one helluva swinging!!!  The crowd gave the Swing Senders and Ken Peplowski a standing ovation.


Don’t Be That Way
Moon Glow
All of Me – Caroline
I Would Do Anything For You
Sweet Sue,
Taking a Chance on Love – Caroline
Flying Home (Love it!)
All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm
Candy – Caroline
China Boy – Ken, Steve, Ross
Poor Butterfly – Gabel, Hughes, and Clark
S’Wonderful – Caroline
If I Had You

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders and The Midiri Brothers at Bemis Hall

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Swing Senders and Midiri Brothers full house at Bemiis Hall, Lincoln MA

by Myron Idelson
photos: Marce
videos by CineDevine

On November 7 2015 at 2pm there was no ambiguity in store musically for an overflow crowd.  Steve Taddeo Swing Senders with special guest Midiri Brothers Paul and Joe, returned by unanimous demand, presented jazz lovers and enthusiasts with a fevered performance.

Against the drop back of historic Bemis Hall the Swing Senders thankfully populated by Joe Midiri clarinet, alto and soprano sax, Paul Midiri vibes, trombone and drums, Bill Cable cornet, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Robin Verdier piano, Bill Doyle guitar, Justin Meyer string bass, Craig Ball clarinet, Steve Taddeo drums, Caroline Griep vocals, unabashedly raised traditional jazz to new heights.

Steve Taddeo is a rare talent, a brilliant and dynamic drummer with native talents who fires up the Swing Senders and any band he plays for because of his consistently inspiring drums.  His unique style displaying superb musicianship is bright, inventive, quite intense, soft with sticks or brushes and with no difficulty in communicating with the musicians and vocalist Caroline Griep on their lofty level.  His playing has unanimity of purpose, of thought, musical and otherwise, inspiring the band to a sense of freedom and play; all combined with an air of maturity that is unique unusual superlative uncommon – in other words RARE.

Stomping at The Savoy

The program consisted of Stomping at the Savoy, Ida, Avalon, All of Me, Jeepers Creepers, Pennies From Heaven, Crazy Rhythm, I’ll Do Anything For You, and Dinah.  Each one played with an exuberance and excitement producing a feeling of exultation which consistently caused volcanic eruptions of applause during and after every number.

Joe bent over, Paul with left arm in the air about to strike vibes

Joe Midiri clarinet, Paul Midiri vibes

What a Dream

What a joy!  This group, the Swing Senders, combined with Joe and Paul made it absolutely amazing.  It must be remembered by all of us who were there as an evening that consistently and joyously incited and inspired not only the audience but the fellow musicians. Steve’s Swing Senders and The Midiris invariably project a wonderful uninhibited aura of spontaneity that brightens every place they perform. Ditto for November 7th.

Caroline smiling, Craig Ball has his arms on her back

Caroline Griep is appreciated by band and fans alike.

Caroline’s value to the Swing Senders is tremendous; the guys love her and she loves them.  The whole spirit of the room, the band and audience perks up perceptibly when she sings.  Caroline is dedicated to her music and modestly never fully recognizing her talent.   She is devoted and anxious to please not only her listeners but her musical conscience as well.

In addition to Craig Ball’s scintillating wizardry on clarinet, Craig was the music director and was wonderfully imaginative and wisely selecting solos at the proper times, from himself, Bill Cable’s souring and sweet trumpet, Robin Verdier’s stride piano, Justin Meyer’s chordal bass, Gerry Gagnon sonorous trombone, Bill Doyle’s syncopated guitar.  All of their solos were driving, probing soaring and sweet.

Joe’s soprano sax rendition of Si Tu Vois Ma Mere displayed a pure tone and beauty so remarkable and emotional, steeped in greatness and perhaps musical immortality.  Many of us wept.

Pennies From Heaven sung by Joe produced a return to life of Louis himself.

Finally, the dueling drums with Steve and Paul were sheer drumming skill and beauty, gorgeous and heralded clean and clear strokes, for imagination and wit, for originality, consistency, extraordinary drumming skills, making obsolete single, double, and triple ratamacues and paradiddles.

No other audience has heard a drum duel to match Steve and Paul.  The evening can be summarized thusly: a story of inspiration and imagination, a story of energy, a story of love and a lesson for all of us in giving.  And we the listeners were the gracious receivers.

Myron sitting and pointing at band

Myron Idelson









Many thanks to Harold and Shirley McAleer and Eve Welts for all their work at Bemis Hall, Vern Welch for moral support, and to SteveTaddeo for bringing us the Midiri Brothers.                                                                                  Marce






Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders with the Midiri Brothers at Bemis Hall August 12, 2015

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Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders and The Midiri Brothers

by Marce
videos by Harold McAleer

Joe Midiri clarinet/soprano sax/vocal, Paul Midiri vibes/trombone/drums, John Clark clarinet/alto sax, Paul Monat cornet, Gerry Gagnon trombone, Ross Petot piano, Justin Meyer string bass, Dave MacMillan guitar, Steve Taddeo drums/leader.

Harold McAleer invited us into the Senior Center at Bemis Hall in Lincoln, MA for a free concert by  Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders and The Midiri Brothers from New Jersey.

There are Smiles

Joe Midiri plays Sidney Bechet

Joe Midiri plays Sidney Bechet



There was a full house with nine musicians, sponsored by CJALL, Classic Jazz at Lincoln Center.   Joe Midiri won the audience over immediately with his soprano sax with Sidney Bechet’s Si Vous Vois Ma Mere.



Don’t Be That Way featured the two masters of the clarinet, John Clark and Joe Midiri.

dark haired vocalist with big smile

Swing Senders’ vocalist, Caroline Griep




Vocalist Caroline Griep was introduced singing Candy and I Can’t Get Started.  She puts a song across with emotion and a spirited voice.




John on alto, Joe on soprano

John Clark and Joe Midiri

John Clark was featured with the Midiri Brothers and rhythm section on Sidney Bechet’s 1938 What a Dream.  Ross Petot took the intro on piano, and then it went wild with a duet of John Clark on alto sax and Joe Midiri on soprano sax.

Ross Petot had the antique Bemis piano singing!


Paul Monat revived some of his Wild Bill spirit with Stomping at the Savoy.  Paul Midiri slipping in a bit of There’s a Small Hotel on vibes.  Taddeo did his infamous walk-around before he let loose – it’s his band, everyone just got out of the way!

They took a break after that one, and Steve Taddeo made a presentation to Jason Ricky, an aspiring young drummer, by presenting him with one of his drums.

After the break, the Midiri Brothers were featured on Avalon with the rhythm section.  Justin Meyer, Dave MacMillan with Ross Petot and Steve Taddeo kept the rhythmic fires burning, providing a solid foundation that let the others fly.   Ross’s piano solo resounded across the cavernous room.

Paul Monat was featured on Bing Crosby’s first theme song, Blue and Broken Hearted – that Crosby ended up turning over to Will Bill Davison before he moved to The Blue of The Night.  Paul did a take-off on Wild Bill that would have done him proud!

Paul on cornet with rhythm section

Paul Monat revives Wild Bill Davison

Caroline Griep was back with Lullaby of Birdland.  It was a brief vocal;  Gerry Gagnon’s masterful trombone played a duet with Dave Macmillan guitar, each of the eight musicians took fine solos before Caroline returned for the close.

two trombones

Paul Midiri and Gerry Gagnon wild trombones



That’s a Plenty was pure pandemonium!  Justin’s string bass took a solo and traded fours with Ross on piano.  There were two trombones with Paul Midiri and Gerry Gagnon.


Dave MacMillan guitar

Dave MacMillan guitar



Dave MacMillan played an energized solo guitar while the musicians in the front line continued, bent down onto their knees, so everyone could see and hear him.  This is comraderie!




Steve pulled out his theme song, Dinah for a drum duel with Paul Midiri that is indescribable!  video by Marce

They closed with Joe Midiri singing in his amazing Louis Armstrong voice. John Clark was cookin’ with the Midiri Brothers, Joe closing with a long drawn out note on soprano sax, then hit the stratosphere!

This was an incredible evening.  These musicians enjoyed playing together and kept the audience totally engaged. It’s the fourth time Steve Taddeo has played with the fabulous Midiri Brothers, and they were always memorable.  We look forward to Paul and Joe Midiri returning next year!

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders with Bucky Pizzarelli at the Sherborn Inn

Bucky Pizzarelli with 6 pc Swing Band

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders with Bucky Pizzarelli

Videos by Harold McAleer and Verne Welsh.

September 23, 2014 with Jeff Hughes trumpet, John Clark clarinet/alto sax, Dan Gabel trombone, Ross Petot piano, Bill Doyle rhythm guitar, Justin Meyer Bass, Steve Taddeo drums/leader, Caroline Griep vocals, and very special guest John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, 7-string guitar.

We’ve had many great Jazz Tuesdays at the Sherborn Inn over the last 19 years, but this topped them all!  Bucky Pizzarelli inspired the men to play better than ever with his amazing 7-string guitar.

Bucky is a dynamic rhythm player as well as a great soloist; loves to play.  He says “Every gig is a brand new day.”  They opened with Don’t Be That Way.

vocalist Caroline Griep

Caroline Griep




The Swing Senders’ vocalist, Caroline Griep, stepped up with her own excellent interpretation of  Blue Skies.    She was also featured on    I Can’t Get Started, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, 



Caroline tells Bucky S’ Wonderful:

Steve let his Krupa  loose with Found a New Baby, going into his drumming walk-around, tapping anything within reach – tables, glasses, bottles on the wall at the bar. It concluded with Taddeo drumming on Justin’s bass, like Ray Bauduc and Bob Haggart on Big Noise From Winetka.  Justin knew just what strings to pick – sounded fantastic!

Taddeo took the snare drum by the piano for a quartet with Ross, John Clark, and Jeff Hughes and a barn burning Dardanella.

The two guitars played it nice and easy on a duet of Darn That Dream.  

Two guitars in a duet

They took turns leading and on rhythm. Marvelous!

Taddeo gave many of the musicians their own feature.  Bucky played with the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra from 1944-1954, before he went into the service.  Dan Gabel has been writing a biography of Monroe, and was featured on trombone with his theme song, Racing With The Moon.  Bucky said he only played it about 4000-5000 times!

Dan Gabel featured on trombone

Justin Meyer was featured on Just You, Just Me, with George Darrah on the Slingerland drums.  Bucky shines, playong soft and low on his solo of In a Mellow Tone and Send In The Clowns. His 7-string guitar is a joy to hear!

Jeff Hughes was featured with his 1946 Super Olds Trumpet on Prelude to a Kiss, marvelous trumpet, with piano backup, ending in a great extended flourish.

Ross Petot’s piano was featured with Bucky and the rhythm section of You Can’t Take That Away From Me.
Ross with rhythm section

For twenty five years Bucky played with the Benny Goodman’s Big Band and small groups.  They did Sing Sing Sing from  Goodman’s heyday.  John Clark didn’t want to play Goodman, but Bucky coaxed him into it, with help from the rest of the band.

Steve let his Krupa loose and Bucky joined him, bringing this fabulous evening to a close with a standing ovation.

Bucky and Steve

Bucky and Steve brought the evening to a close.

Bucky said these musicians were top notch, and Steve was a great drummer.  He told Steve he’d be glad to return.   He’ll also be at Sculler’s Jazz Club December 12th, 8pm for a Guitar Night with Gene Bertoncini and Ed Laub.


Bucky posing for camera with a big smileBucky played a solo a year ago with Richard Rodgers’ 1935 It’s Easy To Remember (But So Hard to Forget) with Ed Laub, Walt Bibinger

He’s is a guitar genius, and also has had the expertise to remain a free agent.  In a Pizzarelli Biography he talks about 200 one-night stands with Vaughn Monroe, with Skitch Henderson on the Today Show, Benny Goodman, The 7th String, Life and Tales of Bucky Pizzarelli

Tunes played this evening;
Don’t Be That Way
Stomping At The Savoy
Blue Skies
Prelude to a Kiss
Stealing Apples
If I Had You
Found a New Baby
I Can’t Get Started With You
Darn That Dream
Honeysuckle Rose
Just You, Just Me
In a Mellow Tone
Racing With The Moon
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Send in The Clowns
Sing, Sing, Sing

Midiri Brothers, Ian Frenkel and Swing Senders at the Sherborn Inn

Dan Gabel, Steve Taddeo, Paul Monat, Justin Meyer, John Clark, Jeff Hughes, Ian Frankel

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders

Joe Midiri clarinet and soprano sax, Paul Midiri vibes, trombone, and drums, Ian Frenkel piano, Jeff Hughes and Paul Monat cornet, John Clark clarinet and bari sax, Dan Gabel trombone, Bill Doyle guitar, Justin Meyer string bass, Steve Taddeo drums, and special guest vocalist Elise Roth.

Steve Taddeo finally assembled his “Dream Band”, with The Midiri Brothers, Ian Frenkel, and members of Taddeo’s Swing Senders.  They blew the roof off a full house at the Sherborn Inn on Tuesday, August 12th.  Many are leaders of their own bands. John Clark, impressive impresario, kept them (more or less) under control.

Harold McAleer’s videos give you a taste:

Midiri Brothers kicked it off Running Wild.

Special guest vocalist Elise Roth was featured on Johnny Mercer’s Jeepers Creepers, Milton Berle’s theme song Near You, and Am I Blue.  Elise was gracious to sub for The Swing Senders’ vocalist, Caroline Griep, who was absent because of a death in the family.  Elise Roth is the regular vocalist for Dan Gable and The Abletones.

Elise sings with the band

Special guest vocalist, Elise Roth, with Dan Gabel, Justin Meyer , and Bill Doyle

Two masters of the cornet, Jeff Hughes and Paul Monat; Paul revived some of his Wild Bill spirit in their duet on Someday You’ll Be Sorry.

Hughes and Monat

The Midiris had us in tears with Bechet’s Si Tu Vois Ma Mère.

Crucial members of the rhythm section, Bill Doyle and Justin Meyer kept the rhythmic fires burning, providing a solid foundation that let the others fly!

Doyle, sitting, playing guitar

Bill Doyle, guitar

Justin bent over, playing bass

Justin Meyer, string bass

Joe sings some Blues, Paul moves to trombone.  We love this music – you never know what will happen next!

Dan Gabel trombone, Elise sings Am I Blue?  

This was indomitable pianist Ian Frenkel’s first appearance at the Inn, and we hope it won’t be the last.  A true artist, Ian is well known and appreciated all over Connecticut.

Ian looking down at the piano keys

Ian Frenkel, fingers flying across the keys.

John Clark, Ian Frenkel, Steve Taddeo:  You Do Something To Me

Don’t Be That Way, Royal Garden Blues, After You’ve Gone, Big Bear Stomp, Wolverine Blues, all imaginative and swinging.

Taddeo was using a 1939 Slingerland Radio King drum set (identical to what Gene Krupa used) and the vintage cymbals (Avedis Zildjian) from the late Buddy Schutz.  He was featured with his infamous 8-minute drum solo walk-around on Stomping at the Savoy, tapping on anything within reach!

Finale!  Everybody lets go with Taddeo’s theme song, Dinah, with Paul Midiri and Steve Taddeo battling on drums,

That definitely was not rehearsed!

This was an incredible evening. Many of these amazing musicians will be BACK for a reprise, with the Swing Senders or with their own bands.  The Midiri Brothers are heading for Oregon, Idaho, California, Clearwater Beach.  But they’ll be back.  Stay tuned.


Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders at the Sherborn Inn

7-piece Swing Band

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders

Jeff Hughes trumpet, John Clark clarinet/bari sax, Dan Gabel trombone, Ross Petot piano, Bill Doyle guitar, John Deardon string bass, Steve Taddeo leader/drums, Caroline Griep vocals.

by Marce
videos by Harold McAleer

You gotta jump, jive, and then you wail!  Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders blew the roof off the Sherborn Inn on April 1st.  No foolin’!  With three Band Leaders in the front line, and Taddeo’s pulsating drums, who would expect anything less! The musicians were eager to play as soon as they arrived, and hit it off with a swinging Don’t Be That Way; they obviously love what they’re doing.

Caroline in royal blue blose

Caroline Griep


Steve called up the band’s vocalist Caroline Griep, a naturally charming entertainer, with an infectious smile and marvelous voice.

She enjoys listening to this band just as much as singing with them.  She knocked our socks off with Jeepers Creepers.



The band was ferocious; Bugle Call Rag was solid swing with updriving tempo.
Pianist Ross Petot’s was featured on a powerful It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!

Dan Gabel on trombone

Dan Gabel



Sweet Sue, with trombonist Dan Gabel, had the dancers up on the floor.  Dan leads The Abletones Big Band that will be playing April 4th at SAC in Shrewsbury and the Imperial Ballroom April 25th.





Steve Taddeo is famous for his drum solo walk-around.  Look out – he’s dangerous with those drum sticks:  Diga Diga Do


Dan Gabel muted trombone, John Clark baritone sax, with the band forcefully Swinging The Blues

You Are Too Beautiful brought John and Gisela Brunacelli back up on the dance floor – they danced all night. You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You, sweet ballad by Caroline, brought out Steve’s Dad, Frank Taddeo and his companion Gladys Aubin.

elderly couple swing dancing

John & Gisela Brunicelli

Steve Taddeo's Dad dancing with companion

Frank Taddeo Gladys Aubin

Steve introduced a new drummer, George Darrah that freed Steve up for a vocal on Flat Foot Floogie with The Floy Floy.  George has been sitting in with The Dick Donovan Band directed by Steve Taddeo since he was 7 years old!

Jeff Hughes on 1953 Selmer trumpet

Jeff Hughes on 1953 Selmer trumpet



Jeff Hughes was featured on trumpet with I surrender Dear.

He also sang the vocal made famous by Louis Prima, Slow Boat to China, backed by guitar.




Bill Doyle on guitar

Bill Doyle




Bill Doyle’d arch-top guitar accentuates the rhythm, and backs vocals; he is an essential part of the band.




I Know That You Know was a super trio – clarinet master John Clark passionate,  Ross Petot intense on piano and Steve Taddeo playing crazy rhythm on a snare drum.

Caroline returned with All of Me, with the band flaring behind her.  Clark on baritone sax competing with Hughes’ trumpet on vibrato.  Never gets dull!

They closed with the Swing Senders Theme Song, Dinah.   George Darrah back on drums, Steve on floor tom – A Killer Diller drumming duet.

The Swing Senders definitely do not need amplification – the Band Swings loud and clear.  They’ll be back here on August 12th – mark your calendars – with the Midiri Brothers, Joe on reeds and Paul on vibes.   WOW!

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Harold McAleer is in the process of editing many videos.  They will be added as they are approved – come back again, and again!

Don’t Be That Way
Jeepers Creepers
Fly Me To The Moon
Sweet Sue
New Kind of Love
Bugle Call Rag
Sunny Side
Diga Diga Do (drum walk around)
Happy Birthday  (Bill Doyle & John Clark)
Flatfoot Floogie with The Floy Floy
You Are Too Beautiful
It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Swinging The Blues
You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You
You Do Something To Me
Slow Boat to China
I Know That You Know (Trio)
I Surrender Dear
All Of Me


Swing Senders with the Midiri Brothers in Lincoln MA

Swing Senders with the Midiri BrothersSteve Taddeo’s Swing Senders were enriched by the presence of The Midiri Brothers at this year’s final performance of Classic Jazz at Lincoln Library in Lincoln, Massachusetts, on May 22, 2013.

Personnel: Midiri Brothers, Joe reeds, Paul vibes, trombone and drums; John Clark reeds, Jeff Hughes trumpet, Scott Philbrick cornet/guitar, Bill Doyle guitar, Dan Gabel trombone, Ross Petot piano, Justin Meyer string bass, Steve Taddeo drums, Caroline Griep vocals. They looked and sounded like a Big Band – ten pieces of the finest Swing you would ever want to hear!

Caroline Griep

Caroline Griep


Joe Midiri on clarinet

Joe Midiri

Charismatic vocalist Caroline Griep flashed a gleaming smile and regaled us with Just You, Just Me, Jeepers Creepers, All of Me,  improvising and scatting with Bill Doyle on guitar on Don’t Get Around Much Anymore. 

She enjoys singing, and her pleasure comes through.


Paul Midiri on Vibes

Paul Midiri


Consummate entertainers, the Midiri Brothers drove from New Jersey to Massachusetts to be here with the SteveTaddeo’s Swing Senders.  Joe is a monster on reeds, whether on alto or soprano sax, or clarinet, had us on the edge of our seats when he hit D above high C and held it for a long note.

Lionel Hampton’s Flying Home, 1939-41,  Paul flying on vibes.  Steve closed it with the drum walk-around that is his specialty. “Got that Harold?”

Ross Playing stride piano


Ross was featured on Crazy Rhythm, with Bill Doyle on guitar and Scott cornet and Paul Midiri playing drums.

A trio, band within a band, had Clark on clarinet, Steve drums, Ross’s marvelous stride piano, You Do Something To Me.



Stomping at the Savoy piano did the intro with the two fabulous guitars of Bill Doyle and Scott Philbrick, John on bari sax,  Dan trombone, Jeff on trumpet, Joe clarinet, Paul vibes, Steve drums.   A scorcher!

Joe was on alto sax for his infamous version of Sunny Side of the Street, singing in the Louis voice he does so well.

Midiri Brothers were featured on Avalon.  ’nuff said!!

Dan Gabel trombone, Jeff Hughes trumpet

Dan Gabel and Jeff Hughes



Dan Gabel and Jeff were featured in a mellow Day Dream, a beautiful instrumental written by Billy Strayhorn and Duke.





Fred Waring’s Sleep is usually a Midiri’s full band feature, and it was marvelous with all the instruments, with drum intro, hot clarinet at each end.

They closed with the Swing Senders theme song, Dinah – video below in two parts, with hard driving tempo, Midiri on clarinet, Gabel trombone, ending with Paul and Steve battling it out on the drums.  Videos by Harold McAleer.

Dinah Part 1, Dan Gabel takes off on trombone.

Paul Steve drums 1
The sticks vie for dominance on this closing number of the Swing Senders at Bemis Hall — Harold McAleer videos.

Dinah Part 2


Bob and Dan MacInnis

Bob and Dan MacInnis


Can’t tell you how great it was to see another set of brothers here –  Bob and Dan MacInnis.  Welcome back!!



Charlie  and Evelyn (90 years old)



Charlie and Evelyn find a space to dance no matter how crowded it is!



This was an impressive  evening of solid, hard driving Swing, with the Midiri Brothers joining the Swing Senders.  Steve Taddeo assures us there will be more to come this summer.

Meantime, the Midiri Brothers left at midnight for that long ride home.  They are seasoned musicians and inveterate entertainers!