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Butch Butterworth's 31st annual Big Feathers Polo Tournament/Jazz Concert will be Sunday, July 10 (2022) at the Giant Valley Farm, 640 Tuttle Avenue in Hamden, and the GJB will be there with Fred Vigorito, Noel Kaletsky, Russ Whitman, Charlie Freeman, Art Hovey, Tom Palinko, Joel Schiavone, and special guest trombonist Jim Fryer. At 6 PM there will be food and drinks provided by Aunt Chilada's. For tickets and details please visit the Giant Valley Polo Club Website:
Our next Sunday at Aunt Chilada's will be from 6 to 8 PM on July 17 with Jim Fryer, Noel Kaletsky, Russ Whitman, Charlie Freeman, Tom Palinko, Fred Vigorito, Art Hovey, and Joel Schiavone. 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. We resumed in July of 2021, and a huge crowd was there to greet us! 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 on August 21. Click HERE for Jean Hadley's review of a recent session.
On Sunday, September 11, 2022 the GJB will return to our original home, the Millpond Tavern! Now called the Millpond Gatherings, the place has been completely rebuilt with no-stairs access but is still at the same location on Route 17 in Northford. We'll play from 6 to 8:30. with Fred Vigorito, Noel Kaletsky, Russ Whitman, Charlie Freeman, Art Hovey, Tom Palinko, Joel Schiavone, and a guest trombonist. Our June 12 performance there was a huge event, too big for the Tavern room, and was moved up to the spacious "Venue Hall". The number to call for reservations is 203-714-4400.
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.
More Upcoming GJB Events . . . . . Other Gigs
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.
An Embarassment of Riches (SJSTB 28) was recorded live at concerts in Rochester, NY by Sarah Spencer with her dream band: Fred Vigorito, Bill Sinclair and Art Hovey (from the GJB) along with Tom Palinko and Jimmy Mazzy (frequent guests with the GJB) and special guest Mike Owen, an amazing trombonist from the UK. Click on the photo at the right for details.
George Masso with the Galvanized Jazz Band (GJB 88-010) is a compilation of performances by George Masso with the GJB, recorded mostly at the Millpond Taverne between 1988 and 2010. The first six tracks are from our 20th Anniversary celebration back in 1991 with special guest Kenny Davern along with Fred Vigorito on cornet, Noel Kaletsky on clarinet and saxophones, Bill Sinclair on piano, Joel Schiavone on banjo, Art Hovey on bass and tuba and Bob Bequillard on drums. Click on the photo at the right for details.
Lassus Trombone: George Masso with the Galvanized Jazz Band (GJB 83-88) is a compilation of performances by George Masso with the GJB, all recorded at the Millpond Taverne between 1983 and 1988 with Fred Vigorito on cornet, Noel Kaletsky on clarinet and saxophones, Bill Sinclair on piano, Joel Schiavone on banjo, Art Hovey on bass and tuba and Bob Bequillard on drums. Click on the photo at the right for details, and click HERE to see the review of this CD which appeared in the January 2020 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:
If I Had You
Big Lip Blues
See Your Mama
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
or give him a call: (203)453-5916
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on trombone, Charlie Freeman on piano, Tom Artin