Midiri Brothers with  Jeff Barnhart at Bemis Hall August 13, 2017

Barnhart, Midiris, and Taddeo

The Big Four

by Marce
videos by Eric Devine

A full house greeted Jeff Barnhart and the Midiri Brothers at Bemis Hall in Lincoln MA.  We were thrilled to have the Midiri Brothers back, and they were happy to return with Steve Taddeo.

This was Jeff Barnhart’s debut here; he enjoyed the antique Steinway piano and gave it a workout on High Society.

High society

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:

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)

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

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
Dark Eyes
Song My Mother Taught to Me  – Antonín Dvořák

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



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.



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.

10-pc swing band

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!

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

Paul Monat’s Jailhouse 4+1 at Primavera Ristorante, July 23, 2015

drum, tuba, clarinet, keyboard, cornet

Paul Monat’s Jailhouse 4+1

Gary Bohan cornet, Paul Monat cornet/tuba, Pete Collins clarinet, Dave James (Caponigro) Keys, Steve Taddeo drums

Paul Monat introduced us to some new faces with his Jailhouse 4+1 and lit up Primavera Ristorante on July 23rd.   The Band is patterned after the Firehouse 5 + 2, but because of the late notice, Paul wasn’t able to line up more than five free musicians.  Disney has ‘Firehouse’ patented, hence the Jailhouse 4+1.  The Quintet lit Primavera on fire!

Paul Monat brought his monstrous brass bass along with his Wild Bill Davison influence on cornet. Cornetist Gary Bohan easily plays a range of styles including klezmer, jazz, mainstream, big band and Dixieland.  Clarinetist Pete Collins was still streaming, fresh from his own Jazz Band Ball’s performance at Lobsterman’s Wharf in East Boothbay, Maine.  Steve Taddeo was turbulent on his brand-new Slingerland Drums.

Last but not least, on the keyboard Dave (Caponigro) James is a band by himself.  He is performing somewhere in the greater Boston area almost every night.  His keyboard subs for trombone, banjo, vibraphone, you name it, and he is also a great vocalist. He played a memorable solo on keyboard, providing his own comp, and singing a soulful Rosetta.

Dave at keyboard

Dave (Caponigro) James


Together the Jailhouse 4+1 sizzled!  Jeannine in the audience exclaimed, “Who needs two more?”


Pete on clarinet with tuba in background

Pete Collins, leader of The Jazz Band Ball Band




Clarinet lead on Indiana, piano slipped in some Yankee Doodle Dandy, before they let Steve loose on drums.

Found a New Baby, Avalon; Pete went wild on Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.



Abbondanza – Paul on his remarkable 5-valve tuba, Steve backing with clutch cymbal.  Dave’s keyboard feigning a trombone.

drum and tuba

Steve Taddeo backs Paul’s tuba

Tuba was featured on Them There Eyes,  Paul intense on that monster brass.  Steve on solo tapping every drum, cymbal, block, bell.
Basin St. Blues. Keeping Out of Mischief Now, Dave singing with rhythmical cadence.


two cornets

Gary Bohan and Paul Monat are amazing together


Memories of You with both cornets resurrected fond memories; Gary driving and adding distinctive shadings and tone,  Paul emulating Wild Bill.  Pete played low register clarinet; Dave played his own comp on keyboard solo.


The two cornets let loose on Swing That Music; keyboard playing banjo.  WILD!  They slowed for a sweet Honeysuckle Rose, Gary’s clear tone cornet, Pete sounding like Pete Fountain, Keyboard was playing vibraphone.  Never got dull!

When You’re Smiling – Surprise – Pete Collins did the vocal!  Pleasing voice.  We’ve been following him for years, never heard him sing before.

Dinah – you know this was WILD!  Ensemble intro, amazing duet between drums and Paul on cornet.  It’s Taddeo’s theme song – he was ready with his Krupa walk around, heading for our table and tapping on everything in site, making melody out of several wine glasses.

It Don’t  Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing – The Jailhouse 5 had the Swing!

They brought the tempo down with a fine melody, Roseroom.  Paul closed this hard driving performance with The Saints.

Paul Monat is determined to bring in new sounds with a Jailhouse 5+2.  He’s here for the summer, so stay tuned for some more fireworks!


Swing Senders Dream Team at Bemis Hall June 10, 2015

9 piece Swing Band

Steve Taddeo’s Swing Senders Dream Team

Paul Monat cornet, John Clark tenor sax/clarinet, Craig Ball clarinet, Gerry Gagnon tuba, Bill Doyle guitar, Ross Petot piano, Justin Meyer string bass, Steve Taddeo Drums, Caroline Griep vocals, and special guest Jack Soref, guitar.

Harold McAleer videos,
Marce photos

Steve Taddeo presented his Swing Senders at Bemis Hall on June 10th, with an amalgamation of New England’s finest musicians, and special guest, Jack Soref on guitar.  With a great four-piece front line and two guitars, we were guaranteed an evening of outstanding Swing!

They began with Steve’s explosive drum intro into Savoy.  Paul Monat  said It was like being in a Gene Krupa concert!

Caroline singing

Caroline Griep does it all with style.



Caroline Griep puts heart and soul into  I Can’t Give You  Anything but Love, with the Quintet of John Clark on tenor sax, Craig Ball clarinet, Soref playing Django style guitar, Justin Meyer string bass, Steve drums.

Paul on cornet

Paul Monat Wishing Upon a Star




Paul Monat was featured on When You Wish Upon a Star, citing his idol, Wild Bill Davison.  The high ceiling of this large hall provided a beautiful echo enhancing Paul’s excellent cornet.

Caroline was back for Slow Boat to China.  Her voice is rich, with a great range and many layers.

Justin was featured on Just You, Just Me, bowing the base in rich harmony, bolstered by intricate improvised solos.

On one tune, Taddeo joined him with their own version of “Big Noise From Winnetca”

Justin playing string bass while Steve taps on strings with drum sticks

Justin and Steve mimic Ray Bauduc and Bob Haggart

Harold filmed an impressive video of the Swing Sender’s Theme Song, Dinah.

There was an innovative interchange between the two guitars on Everybody Loves My Baby, backed by two clarinets.  They all love making music!

Jack on lead, Bill on rhythm guitar

Jack Soref, Bill Doyle

Dave Didriksent at drums

Dave Didriksen sits in.


Steve asked Dave Didriksen to sit in on Flat Foot Floogie.  Dave is a fine drummer, and manager of the group Swing Times Five with Debby Larkin.

Dave took over the drums. He said it was worth it to give Steve Taddeo a rare chance to sing. Who knew Steve could sing?

Caroline returned with a soaring vocal on Jeeper Creepers.

The band broke into quartets; the first featuring Jack Soref on a tune we had been anticipating, Django’s Minor Swing,  with Bill Doyle adding rhythm guitar, Justin on string bass, and Steve drums. Judge for yourself:


John Clark on tenor sax

John Clark on tenor sax



Can’t We Be Friends was led by John Clark with a brilliant interchange between tenor sax and string bass.






Ross on piano

Ross Petot makes sure there are no blank spaces.



Moonlight in Vermont captivated the audience with only Ross Petot backing Caroline Griep – just the two of them, letting the song shine through.  Beautiful!




Djangology gave Soref another chance to feature his expertise on Django Rheinhardt.  For half of 2011, Jack studied the music of Django Reinhardt at its source by moving to Paris, France.   We hope to hear more from him in the future.

Finale, with a drum intro into Stomping at the Savoy.  Wonderful solos… concluding with  Steve Taddeo’s extended solo on his Antique 1939 Slingerland Drums, in high energetic and buoyant style, crossing cymbals, using press rolls and cymbal techniques.  The room exploded!

This really was a Dream Team!  The musicians and audience were high from this fantastic Swing music and didn’t want it to stop.   John Clark continued with I Got Rhythm, fine trombone by Gerry Gagnon and classic interchange between Craig Ball clarinet and Jack Soref.  They hadn’t discussed how to end this, so Taddeo made it a wrap!

Steve Taddeo always come through with the finest musicians and amazing Swing. Save the date: Wednesday, August 12th.  Steve is bringing back the marvelous Midiri Brothers to Bemis Hall.  Details to follow.


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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1tEEdM6JWM

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goDqtP4MtqQ

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

Blue Horizon Jazz Band’s first 2014 Fall Session at the Sherborn Inn

6-pc Trad Jazz Band, no banjo

All the Blue Horizon Jazz Band ‘regulars’ were back!!

This was a special evening with no summer substitutes; all the Blue Horizon ‘regulars’  were back with their powerful brass front line.

trumpet and soprano sax on either side of string bass

Jeff Stout and leader Stan McDonald make a powerful team.  Stu Gunn’s steady bass gives them freedom to fly!

They began with All By Myself, Stan taking the first of many vocals.  Jeff’s trumpet was crystal clear on Roaming, Ross’s piano picking up riffs.  Their repertoire consisted of tunes from the 20’s to the 40’s, strongly based on melody. They have a genuine passion and feel for this music: Tishumingo, Bechet’s Lastic, Roses of Picardie, Gershwin’s Strike Up The Band.  Rosetta was hard-charging and wild!  Honky Tonk Town had Stu weaving from side to side with the beat.

muted trombone and drum



The front line is bolstered by the deep rich tone of Gerry Gagnon’s trombone.


Stan played a forceful soprano sax solo on Save It Pretty Mama.   He played low register clarinet on a rhythmic Wild Man Blues, with every instrument taking spontaneous, off the cuff solos on its many breaks.

Steve Taddeo on Slingerland drums



I Would Do Most Anything For You, Taddeo maintained a resourceful Traditional Jazz beat on his Swingerland drums all evening with the use of brushes,wood block, bell, choke cymbal and pinging the hi hat stand.




Ross Petot was featured with the rhythm section on You Can’t Take That Away From Me, keeping the music fresh by using his magical left hand as a walking bass line instead of his famous stride piano.   Marvelous!

Ross Petot on baby grand

Ross Petot  strayed  from his famous stride piano to keep the music fresh.

Trumpet and sax were perfectly synchronized on  When I Leave The World Behind, undergirded by Steve’s drums and Stu’s pulsating string bass.

The band has had fine substitutes like Paul Monat cornet and John Kafalas trombone over the summer (Gerry moved to impressive tuba).   But it was refreshing to have the whole band back for the Fall Season.  They sent us home with a gentle, sweet, Rose of San Antone.

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band is in its 19th year at the Sherborn Inn.  They’ll all be back, along with our New England Fall Foliage on October 21st.  Take a nice ride and join us!

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.


Blue Horizon Jazz Band with Paul Monat at the Sherborn Inn July 22

5-pc Trad Jazz Band

Blue Horizon Jazz Band with Paul Monat and Al Ehrenfried

The Blue Horizon Jazz Band presented a romping New Orleans take on Sidney Bechet’s jazz and blues, with the five-piece group working together in a true spirit of cooperation. We were surprised to find cornetist Paul Monat substituting for trumpeter Jeff Stout, who has had a death in the family.  Al Ehrenfried, string bass, came out of retirement for this evening.

It was a five-piece band, with Stan McDonald and Paul Monat cornet, holding the front line with the superb backing of the rhythm section, pianist Ross Petot, Al Ehrenfried bass, and Steve Taddeo drums.

They kicked it off with the New Orleans sound with Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland, and continued with Ross Petot’s robust piano intro to What Is This Thing Called Love.

Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll, Bechet’s I Remember When,  Everybody Loves My Baby.  The two were in sync, twining around each other. Stan started Lastic on clarinet, with Paul playing a long, sustained, note. The two make some powerful music together, drums and string bass maintaining the Traditional Jazz Beat.
Paul cornet, Stan clarinet

When You and I Were Young Maggie.  Bechet’s Blues In The Air, nice blues lead by Stan McDonald.

Ross was featured on Lucky Day, backed by string bass and drums.

Ross piano, with bass and drum

Ross Petot Featured

It was Steve Taddeo’s birthday.  Monida surprised him with a cake while the band played the Birthday Song.

waitress presents cake to Taddeo

Happy Birthday, Steve!

Stan and Paul in unison on Bechet’s Marchand de Poisson.   Bechet’s Fantasy, Paul slipped in some of his mentor, Wild Bill Davison.
cornet and soprano sax

When I Leave The World Behind, had Stan on vocal, great soprano sax; continuing on Lonesome Road.  Getting into overtime now with Bechet’s Dans Les Rues D’Antibes, with Al playing a superb bass solo, backed by Steve’s adept drumming.

It was an unforgettable evening.  The Blue Horizon Jazz Band will return as usual on the 3rd Tuesday of month, August 19th with more surprises.

Paul Monat will be in New England until September, when he returns to Florida.   Stay tuned.