GJB 11/3/85 is a treasure from the archives featuring the late Merrill Doucette on piano, along with trombonist Tom Artin and the amazing Noel Kaletsky on clarinet and sax. Born in 1930, Merrill Doucette graduated from the Boston University College of Music in 1951. He was a composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, and a member of the faculty at the Hartt School and the Hartford Conservatory. He was an accompanist for events featuring Judy Garland, Julie London, Bob Eberle, Johnny Hartman, and often performed with the Hartford Symphony Pops Orchestra. We first came to know him as the regular pianist for the Connecticut Dixieland Society, where he performed with George Masso, Bobby Hackett, Doc Cheatham, Wild Bill Davison, Vic Dickenson, Tweet Peterson, Max Kaminsky, Frank Tate, Alan Dawson, Wayne Andre, John Faddis, and many others. During the Galvanized Jazz Band's early years Merrill was our first call whenever Bill Sinclair couldn't be with us. This recording is from one such night at the Millpond Taverne in November of 1985, just weeks before his untimely passing. To hear a sample track from this CD, click on the blue lettering in the tune list below.

High Society
Blue Turning Grey Over You
I Never Knew
Hey, Look Me Over
Indian Love Call
Strike Up the Band
I've Found A New Baby
Honeysuckle Rose
Sweet Georgia Brown
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
Who's Sorry Now?
After You've Gone

The sound quality on this limited-edition CD is exceptional; it was recorded on a Nakamichi machine that had just been overhauled and was digitally remastered from the original unedited tapes. It will not play on older DVD players, nor will it play on your VCR or 8-track player.

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