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  • Our next Sunday at Aunt Chilada's will be from 6 to 8 PM on June 18 with Fred Vigorito, Russ Whitman, Charlie Freeman, Art Hovey, Tom Palinko, Joel Schiavone, and guest trombonist Jim Fryer. The GJB has performed monthly at Aunt Chilada's (usually on the third Sunday of the month) since July of 2009 with the exception of the Covid year. Known since 1993 as the best Mexican restaurant in the greater New Haven area, Aunt Chilada's is located at 3931 Whitney Avenue, just a couple of miles north of Sleeping Giant in Hamden, beside the golf course. Seating is somewhat limited; please call 203-230-4640 to reserve a table or a seat at the bar. There is no cover charge, and no minimum. We'll be there again probably on July 16. Click HERE for Jean Hadley's review of a not-quite-recent session.

  • On Sunday, July 9 Butch Butterworth's 31st annual Big Feathers Polo Tournament/Jazz Concert will be at the Giant Valley Farm, 640 Tuttle Avenue in Hamden from 6 to 8:30 pm with special guests Jim Fryer and Cynthia Fabian. The polo matches will begin around 3pm. Bring your chairs, blankets, refreshments, and have a tailgate party! Food and drink will be provided at 6pm. Ticket price and more details TBA. Giant Valley Polo Club Website:

  • More Upcoming GJB Events . . . . .

  • In addition to the events listed above, members of the GJB are still working with various other groups. Please visit the "OTHER GIGS" section of this website for information about those activities.

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  • An Early History of the Galvanized Jazz Band appeared in the July 2021 issue of the Syncopated Times. The second installment, The Millpond Years is in the August issue. The third part, After The Millpond Years, is in the October 2021 issue. Non-subscribers can see each of them by clicking on the blue lettering.

  • Herb Gardner with the Galvanized Jazz Band (GJB 01-03 HG) is a compilation of performances by Herb Gardner with the GJB, all recorded at the Chowderpot between 2001 and 2003 with Fred Vigorito on cornet, Russ Whitman on clarinet and saxophones, Bill Sinclair on piano, Bob Price or Joel Schiavone on banjo, Art Hovey on bass and tuba, and Bob Bequillard on drums. Two bonus tracks include Abbie Gardner singing along with Herb.


  • Shake That Thing (GJB 6-27-99) is a live recording from the archives with Steve Yocum, the founder and leader of Uncle Yoke's Black Dog Jazz Band as guest trombonist and vocalist with the GJB at the ChowderPot Restaurant in Branford, CT just after the Hot Steamed Jazz Festivals in 1999 and 2002. The 1999 session included Fred Vigorito, Noel Kaletsky, Jeff Barnhart, Art Hovey and Joel Schiavone along with Sal Raniello on drums. That evening turned into quite a romp when Charlie Weyant and Sarah Spencer joined Noel on saxophones near the end of the evening. In the 2002 session Russ Whitman was with us on clarinet and saxophones, Bob Bequillard was back on drums, and Bill Sinclair back on piano. Click on the photo at the right for details, and click HERE for the review that was published in the November 2021 issue of The Syncopated Times.


  • For more information about these and our many other recordings please visit the Recordings section of this website.

  • Over in Holland Gerard Bielderman has published a very complete Galvanized Jazz Band Discography describing our recordings on LP, cassette, and CD, including some that even we didn't know about. Gerard has already published discographies of many other well-known bands and performers; we are honored to be included among them. (Ours is listed in the "Swinging American" section of his website.)

  • Eric Devine has posted many videos from the last few Hot Steamed Jazz Festivals. Here are a few of the GJB:

    When Your're Smiling
    If I Had You
    Big Lip Blues
    See Your Mama
    Fidgety Feet
    A Good Man is Hard to Find
    Royal Garden Blues
    I Almost Lost My Mind
    Rose of Washington Square
    Big Lip Blues
    Bring Me Sunshine
    I'm Gonna Lock My Heart
    Yama Yama Man
    More GJB videos:

  • Marce Enright's New England Traditional Jazz website has undergone extensive revisions and improvements. Videos of many recent events are being added; be sure to check it out!

  • To contact us, send an email to Fred: vigorjazz@aol.com
    or give him a call: (203)453-5916


    Charlie Freeman on piano,