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  • From July, 2009 until the pandemic forced a stop in February of 2020 the GJB performed monthly in Hamden at Aunt Chilada's, usually on the third Sunday of the month. Those sessions resumed on July 18, 2021, and a huge crowd was there to greet us! Our next Sunday at Chilada's will be from 6 to 8 PM on August 15, with Fred Vigorito, Russ Whitman, Noel Kaletsky, Art Hovey, Joel Schiavone, Neil DeFeo on trombone, Charlie Freeman on piano, Sal Ranniello on drums, and vocalist Barbara Vine. Known since 1993 as the best Mexican restaurant in the greater New Haven area, Aunt C'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. Click HERE for Jean Hadley's review of a recent session.

  • On August 28, 2021 the GJB will return to Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT for our 25th annual concert at the string quartet capital of the universe, Connecticut's answer to Tanglewood. Banjo virtuoso Bob Price and trombonist Craig Grant will be our special guests. The concert is now scheduled to run from 3 to 5 PM.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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
    Skylark
    I'm Gonna Lock My Heart
    Angry
    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

  • VIDEO . . . GJB & THE WEATHER . . . TUBA WEBSITE . . . PHYSICS WEBSITE

    Jim Fryer on trombone, Charlie Freeman on piano, Tom Artin