An evening of classic jazz featuring pianist James Dapogny and an all-star band, featuring Randy Reinhart on cornet, etc.
The sound of classic traditional jazz, once so prevalent in clubs, restaurants, and festivals, has now become a rare occurrence, particularly in the Washington, DC area, where as late as the early 1980s, one could go out nearly every night of the week and hear either a professional or very good amateur classic-style jazz performance.
I am David Sager, a jazz trombonist and a resident of the Baltimore-Washington, DC area, and longtime resident of New Orleans. I have taken on the uphill battle by organizing a concert featuring renowned stride pianist James Dapogny and a band of hand-picked all-star instrumentalists.
Dapogny, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, is an internationally known pianist, specializing in the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and other greats—both famous and obscure—of the classic, pre-bop jazz era.
I will be presenting an evening concert of classic jazz and early swing featuring James Dapogny and his East Coast Chicagoans, on the evening of Friday, November 16, 2012. This will take place in the acoustically stunning sanctuary of Calvery Lutheran Church at 9545 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Dapogny will be bringing his extensive library of charts, that he uses with his regular perming group, The Chicago Jazz Band.
In addition to Jim on piano, the band consists of: Randy Reinhart - cornet; Anita Thomas and Scott Silbert - clarinet and saxophone; David Sager (that's me) - trombone; Craig Gildner - guitar; Tommy Cecil - bass; Brooks Tegler - drums. (By the way, the band in the video is a different bunch off all-stars.)
The funds are primarily for paying the musicians a decent wage for the concert. This comes to $2350.00. The recital hall costs $150; recording costs $600; printing and advertising is $1000.
I will take out small paid ads in local papers such as The Montgomery County Sentinel, The Columbia Flier, Laurel Leader, DC City Paper etc. Also, I'll be seeking free advertising on the radio, Facebook, Post Weekend section.
Programs will be done through Kinkos and ticketing done through Brown Paper Tickets.
Here are brief bios of the musicians who will take part:
James Dapogny (piano) is an accomplished arranger, composer and Grammy-nominated pianist. Jim assembled and edited the Schirmer publication of the Collected Piano Music of Jelly Roll Morton and recorded an acclaimed companion LP of the music. Jim is the leader of a popular touring group, his “Chicago Jazz Band,” which performs his own transcriptions of classic 1920s – 1940s jazz performances. His most recent enterprise has been the restoration of the long lost James P. Johnson opera, “De Organizer.”
Randy Reinhart (cornet) is known internationally as the keeper-of-the-flame for the lyrical cornet and trumpet styles of Bobby Hackett, Dick Cathcart, Yank Lawson, Roy Eldridge and others. His work is always inspired, exciting, and extremely satisfying. Randy has been seen far and wide performing with the such figures as Vince Giordano, Marty Grosz, Banu Gibson, Brooks Tegler, and Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band. He is a regular at the Chautauqua Jazz Festival and on many jazz cruises.
Brooks Tegler (drums) is the premier swing and classic jazz drummer in the Capitol City and surrounding burbs and is a frequent presence at European jazz festivals. Brooks leads several groups of varying sizes, including a big band that performs widely up and down the east coast. His playing style evokes echoes of Gene Krupa, Chick Webb and Davey Tough.
Tommy Cecil (bass) is the first-call bassist in D.C. and vicinity, for any style of jazz. For years he was the leader of the trio at the Four Seasons, playing alongside the late and legendary pianist Larry Eanet. He has performed frequently with such greats as Tommy Flanagan, Buck Hill, John Eaton, and Shirley Horn. He performs often with the Brooks Tegler trio and Big Band.
Scott Silbert (clarinet and saxophone) is currently a member of the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, for whom he serves as both performer and composer/arranger. He is also a frequent presence in the Brooks Tegler Big Band, Washington DC’s premier jazz repertory dance band. Scott has traveled far and wide as a performer and clinician. Having worked with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra as well as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Scott’s solidity and familiarity with classic jazz idioms is unparalleled.
Anita Thomas (clarinet and saxophone) has quickly become one of the busiest and most in-demand jazz players in the Washington DC vicinity, since her recent move from Los Angeles. Originally from Australia, Anita never fails to delight crowds with her facile musicianship and delightful sense of humor. Anita’s style has an original aura of authenticity, with which she injects life and pizazz into the music.
Craig Gildner (guitar) is a multi-instrumentalist who also can be found behind a piano, leading his various D.C. based swing group “The Blue Sky Five” or his old-time jazz band “The Blue Crescent Syncopators.” Craig returned from a triumphal gig at the prestigious Elkhart Jazz Festival. He is also a well known fixture at swing dances in the Washington D.C. area.
David Sager (trombone) is a native of the D.C. area, but for many years lived in New Orleans, where he became a regular member of the Banu Gibson New Orleans Hot Jazz. David has performed and recorded with James Dapogny, Dan Levinson, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern. David, a Grammy nominee, is a specialist in early jazz trombone styles, and enjoys evoking the sounds of Jack Teagarden, J. C. Higginbotham, and Miff Mole.
About the video: The clips presented in the introduction video were taken at the 2011 Chautauqua Jazz Festival by Michael Steinman, whose blog, "Jazz Lives," chronicles the very best in present day -- and some vintage -- classic jazz. It may be read at: http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/
The musicians appearing in the video are: Scott Robinson - saxophone; Dan Block - clarinet; Jon Erik Kellso - trumpet; dan Barrett - trombone; Marty Grosz - guitar; Frank Tate - bass; Pete Siers - drums. The players for the November date will be different, aside from Dapogny.
About the Rewards: The compact discs offered as premiums are produced by David Sager, the creator of this project, along with audio restoration engineer Doug Benson. The label, OFF THE RECORD, offers the finest in rare classic jazz from the 1920s, in the best, most natural sound possible. To read more about them and to order copies, please visit our distributor, Archeophone Records at: http://www.archeophone.com/catalogue.php?cPath=33_34?osCsid=pisjfubbn5or8ls5u1kjln7lv1
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