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Remembering Noel (GJB NOEL) is a compilation of performances by Noel Kaletsky with the GJB, all recorded in performances between 1983 and 1996 by Noel with the Galvanized Jazz Band, illustrating his memorable playing styles. Most of them can be heard on CDs and cassettes previously issued, but here they are edited to focus more on Noel. Every track on this CD features Fred Vigorito on cornet, Art Hovey on bass & tuba, and Bob Bequillard on drums. Bill Sinclair is on piano except for two numbers with Merrill Doucette and one with David Paquette. Howard Alden's guitar and Dirck Spicer's vibraphone are heard on two tracks, Joel Schiavone's banjo is heard on several, Gim Burton's is on one, and Jimmy Mazzy's banjo and vocal are on the final track. The trombonists include Tom Artin, Craig Grant, Joel Helleny, Jerry Zigmont, Jim Fryer, and Nick Carella. Noel passed away on July 5, 2023. Even in his final months Noel always showed up with a smile on his face, ready to make us sound exciting. We miss him and will always remember him fondly. All profits from sales of this CD will go to Noel's family. A very thoughtful review of this CD was recently published in the Syncopated Times.
Tom Artin with the GJB Tom Artin passed away on July 25, 2023. He was a frequent guest trombonist with the GJB at the Millpond Tavern in Northford CT for abut 25 years, then another 10 at the ChowderPot in Branford, and then monthly for another 12 years as our regular trombonist at Aunt Chilada's in Hamden. He also worked with the Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble, the Louis Armstrong Alumni All-Stars, the World of Jelly Roll Morton, and the Eddie Condon All-Stars. The music on this CD was recorded during a typical Sunday night at the Millpond Tavern in 1985, featuring Tom's trombone along with Fred Vigorito on cornet, Noel Kaletsky on clarinet & sax, Art Hovey on bass & tuba, special guest Merrill Doucette on piano, Bob Bequillard on drums and Joel Schiavone on banjo. Previously released as GJB 11/3/85, this recording has been slightly edited to bring out Tom's playing.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Joint is Jumpin' (GJB 8/11/018) is a recording of our 27th annual concert at Music Mountain with special guests Jeff Barnhart and Craig Grant, featuring the music of Thomas "Fats" Waller. The concert was August 11, 2018, and the CDs are now available.
Sweet Substitutes (GJB 4/27/018) is a live recording of a concert at the Trinity-Pawling School in New York by the GJB with substitutes on every instrument except the tuba and bass; three generations of musicians who all knew what to do and how to do it! For the background story see the Syncopated Times article from August 22, 2018.
GJB 6/018 is a compilation CD of live recordings of the GJB performing works composed by or associated with "Duke" Ellington. Featured guests include Art Baron, Donn Trenner, Jimmy Mazzy, Bob Price, Skip Hughes, Tom Palinko, Tom Artin, and Gerard Carelli.
GJB 02-03 is another compilation CD of previously unissued material recorded live at the Chowderpot in Branford, CT back in 2002 and 2003, all utilizing the tuba. (This one compliments our Ellington CD, on which only the upright bass was used.) Regular members of the GJB on these recordings inlclude Fred Vigorito on cornet, Russ Whitman on clarinet and various saxophones, Bill Sinclair on piano, Art Hovey on the famous black tuba, Joel Schiavone on banjo, and Bob Bequillard on drums. Featured guests include Herb Gardner, Jim Fryer, Tom Artin, Craig Grant, Nick Carella, Gerard Carelli, and Bob Price. Noel Kaletsky, Neil deFeo, Jay Hickerson, and Rocco Patierno can also be heard on some tracks, and Paul Boehmke is also featured on one.
GJB 25, Nobody's Sweetheart - Our first CD, recorded 2/19/96 at Trod Nossel Studios, Wallingford, CT, featuring Noel Kaletsky, Jim Fryer, and Jane Campedelli along with Fred Vigorito, Bill Sinclair, Joel Schiavone, Art Hovey, and Bob Bequillard. 68 minutes of pure joy, now re-mastered and re-issued.
Bring Me Sunshine (GJB 6/11/016) is a live recording from our 25th annual concert at Music Mountain (June 11, 2016) featuring Jane Campedelli and trombonist Craig Grant.
The 14th Millpond Anniversary (GJB 3/85) is a live recording from the GJB archives, featuring Carol Leigh, Conrad Janis, Noel Kaletsky, and Howard Alden. This is a live recording, originally issued on cassette and now digitally re-mastered from the original tapes. The final two tunes on this CD are previously unissued. I think you will agree that the excitement of the evening and the relative youth of the GJB come across well.
Struttin' With Some Barbecue (GJB 8/15/015) is a live recording of our summer concert at Music Mountain in August of 2015. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and downloadable sample tracks.) It features Skip Hughes, Ben Griffin, and Mark Vigorito along with the rest of the GJB. Both Skip and Fred do some singing on several of the cuts, including "Jada", "The Preacher", and the title tune, "Struttin' With Some Barbecue". Mark Vigorito (Fred's son) is featured on second cornet, giving us a sound remeniscent of Louis Armstrong with "King" Oliver. Ben Griffin's powerful trombone wails on every tune, and is featured on "Caravan".
You'll Never Walk Alone (GJB 8/17/013) is a live recording of our summer concert at Music Mountain in August of 2013. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and downloadable sample tracks.) It features Bob Price and Jim Fryer along with the rest of the GJB. Both Bob and Jim do some singing on several of the cuts, including "What a Wonderful World", "Remembering You". Bob's big banjo solo feature is the "Poet and Peasant Overture", and Fred vigorito's shining moment is the title track, Louis Armstrong's version of "You'll Never Walk Alone".
I'll Be A Friend With Pleasure (GJB 8/18/012) is a live recording of our summer concert at Music Mountain in August of 2012. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and downloadable sample tracks.) It features banjo/vocalist Bob Barta along with Noel Kaletsky, Russ Whitman, and the rest of the GJB in a program of New Orleans-style favorites. Several of the cuts also include vocals by Bob, who was making his first public appearance with us. Bill Sinclair's work on the magnificent Steinway grand piano can also be heard very clearly on this recording.
The GJB with Jerry Zigmont and Bob Price (GJB 8/20/011) is a live recording of our summer concert at Music Mountain in August of 2011. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and downloadable sample tracks.) As the title implies, it features trombonist Jerry Zigmont and banjo virtuoso Bob Price with the GJB in a program of New Orleans-style favorites, along with Bob's amazing solo rendition of Rhapsody in Blue. Several of the cuts also include vocals by Jerry and Bob.
Les Paul with the GJB (GJB 3/9/86) is a live recording of our 15th anniversary celebration at the Millpond Taverne, with Jane Campedelli, Noel Kaletsky, Joel Helleny, Craig Grant, and the Les Paul Trio. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and a downloadable sample track.) For a You-Tube photo montage of the session accompanied by another track from the recording, click HERE:
Swing That Mountain! (GJB 8/16/08): Released in January of 2009, this is a live recording of our 2008 concert at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut. Our featured guests were trombonist Art Baron and Bob Price on banjo. Although all of our guest trombonists have impressive backgrounds, Art is the only one who can truthfully say that he has worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to Bruce Springsteen. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and a downloadable sample track.)
She's Makin' Eyes at Me! (GJB 11/20/83) is another treasure from the archives recorded at the Millpond Taverne between 1983 and 1986 with Nick Carella, Wayne Wright, and Noel Kaletsky. The band really stretches out on these 13 tunes; the total playing time is over 77 minutes. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and a downloadable sample track.)
Just For a Thrill (GJB 9/18/83) is a treasure from the archives recorded at the Millpond Taverne between 1983 and 1986 with Nick Carella, Wayne Wright, and Noel Kaletsky. The band really stretches out on these eleven tunes; the total playing time is over 78 minutes. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and a downloadable sample track.)
Ice Cream! (GJB 7/25/08) A CD recording of our July 2008 performances at the Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival in Moodus, featuring amazing J.P. Alessi on tenor sax, Roy Rubinstein on trombone, Paul Boehmke on clarinet, and Bob Price, the "Banjo Crackerjack", along with Fred, Bill, Art, and Bob Bequillard. There are fifteen tunes on this CD, including Ice Cream, Algiers Strut, Panama, Over the Waves, Bob Price's famous "Bye-Bye Blues", and ten others. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and a downloadable sample track.)
Creole Trombone! (GJB 8/11/07) A CD recording of our August 2007 concert at Music Mountain featuring the amazing Jim Fryer on trombone, and Bob Price, the "Banjo Crackerjack", along with Fred, Russ, Bill, Art, and Bob Bequillard. There are sixteen tunes on this CD, including Memphis Blues, Hiawatha, Two Sleepy People, Blue & Broken-Hearted, Bob Price's famous "Lover" medley, Jim's inimitable version of Ory's Creole Trombone, and ten others. (Click on the image at the right for details about the recording and a downloadable sample track.)
Airmail Special (GJB 1/1/84). . . This gem from the archives has to be the swingingest CD we have ever issued. It was recorded on New Year's Day, 1984, but not released until 2007. Inspired by the quartet and quintet recordings of Benny Goodman, it features Noel Kaletsky at his best, Dirck Spicer on vibraphone (in the style of Lionel Hampton) and Howard Alden on guitar, along with Fred, Bill, Art, and Bob. (Click here or on the image at the right for details.)
GJB 2/26/07, Jimmy Mazzy & Skip Hughes with the GJB is a live recording from our February, 2007 concert at the University of New Hampshire with Skip and the legendary banjo virtuoso Jimmy Mazzy. Jim Fryer was originally scheduled for this concert, but he was stranded by bad weather in Oregon; Skip Hughes kindly agreed to help us out, and what a show it turned out to be! We are grateful to the UNH staff not only sponsoring the concert, but also for recording it. (Click here or on the image at the right for details.)
BCD-467, Louis Nelson & Tommy Benford with the GJB!. . . From deep in the archives, this one features New Orleans trombonist Louis Nelson and the legendary Tommy Benford on drums with Mark Finks on banjo and vocals, Fred Vigorito on cornet, Noel Kaletsky on clarinet and sax, Bill Sinclair on piano, and Art Hovey on bass and tuba. Recorded in 1971 at the dawn of the Millpond era, this session was intended to be issued as an LP by George Buck. Somehow the tape was lost, and has only recently come to light; it stands the test of time remarkably well. (Click here or on the image at the right for details.)
Just A Little While (GJB 1/17/82) From the archives, this one features Sammy Rimington, Noel Kaletsky and trombonist Roy Rubinstein in their one and only performance together at the Millpond Taverne in 1982. (Click here or on the image at the right for details.)
GJB 5/22/88 is a reissue of our 16th anniversary celebration at the Millpond Taverne with Sammy Rimington, David Paquette, Matt Finders, and Noel Kaletsky, including some previously unissued material from that session. (For more details just click on the blue CD title above OR the little picture at the right.)
GJB 5/29/88 is another live recording from the Millpond archives, now reissued. Fred's name and photo are displayed prominently because this CD was originally produced for sale in France, where Fred is a big international jazz star. But it also features the one and only Sammy Rimington on clarinet, sax & vocals, David Paquette on piano & vocals, and late trombone wizard Joel Helleny along with Noel Kaletsky and the rest of the GJB. Except for the clarinet duet version of "Burgundy Street Blues" this material has never before been issued. For details, click on the photo at the right.
GJB 6/25/05 is a live recording of our 2005 concert at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, with the marvelous vocalist Jane Campedelli, banjo virtuoso Bob Price, and the amazing Craig Grant on trombone. This is the same gang that performed so well at recent jazz festivals in Florida, Illinois, and Connecticut. Bob Price is featured on San Antonio Rose and Heartaches, Jane is featured on Cakewalkin' Babies, See Your Mama Every Night, Lou-Easy-Ann-I-A, and After You've Gone (as well as our closing theme) and the whole band is featured on the title track and several others. There are fourteen tracks on this CD, each one displaying a different facet of the GJB repertoire. This CD is also available from cdbaby.com. You can download two-minute sound clips of each track from that website.
GJB 11/3/85 is a treasure from the archives featuring the late Merrill Doucette (1930-1986) along with trombonist Tom Artin and Noel Kaletsky on clarinet and sax. We first came to know Merrill as the regular pianist for the Connecticut Dixieland Society, where he performed with George Masso, Bobby Hackett, Doc Cheatham, Wild Bill Davison, Vic Dickenson, 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.
VIGORJAZ 01, Best of the Fest: the GJB Live - Hot GJB performances from the Great Connecticut Jazzfests of 1995, 1996 and 1997 with Jane Campedelli (vocals), Dave Huxtable (guitar-banjo), Jim Fryer, Jerry Zigmont, & Skip Hughes (trombones), Gim Burton (banjo), and the Bridgeport Mass Choir! 16 tunes, 63 minutes.
GJB 60, This Old Tuba - A compilation of GJB recordings from 1975 to 2002 which happened to have tuba solo choruses, including some with Buddy Morrow, Art Baron, Herb & Abbie Gardner, Jim Fryer, Craig Grant, Skip Hughes, Joel Helleny, Noel Kaletsky, Bob Price, Dave Huxtable and the Les Paul Trio. I put this together shortly after my 60th birthday just to celebrate the completion of 50 years of playing the tuba. For more detailed info and downloadable samples please click on the image at the right. Click HERE or HERE to read what other tubists have to say about this recording.
GJB 2/27/01, A ChowderPot Mardi Gras - A live CD recording of our 30th anniversary celebration at the ChowderPot with Jane Campedelli, Skip Hughes, Herb Gardner (on piano), Noel Kaletsky & Russ Whitman together on reeds. Tunes from this CD can often be heard on XM Radio.
The recordings listed below are currently out of print:
- "A June Night", features Jane Campedelli. Most of the material was recorded in 2003 with Jim Fryer, Jerry Zigmont & Bob Price. A couple of cuts are from our 20th Millpond anniversary with George Masso, Noel Kaletsky, Kenny Davern, and Bill Whitcraft, including some previously unissued material from that session. We have no copies left to sell here in Connecticut, but you may be able to order one directly from Jane; just email her at: email@example.com, or call her at 1-904-751-1884, or write to her at 10239 Shore View Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218. They're $15, and that includes shipping to US addresses. (For Shipping Outside the USA please add $10.) Make your check payable to Jane Campedelli.
- Big Feathers Stomp 2009 (no longer available) is a live recording of our July 11, 2009 performance in Butch Butterworth's Barn, with Fred Vigorito and Scott Black on cornets, Noel Kaletsky and Russ Whitman on reeds, Tom Artin on trombone, Bill Sinclair on piano, Red Balaban on guitar, Art Hovey on bass and tuba, Bob Bequillard on drums, and Cynthia Fabian's vocals. (Click on the image above for details about the recording and a downloadable sample track.)
- GJB 4/17/76 (no longer available) was recorded at the Millpond Taverne in 1976 and 1981. This recording features the GJB with the late "Big Chief" Russell Moore on trombone and vocals, and clarinetist Joe Licari, with Bill Lezotte on guitar and Ed Stockmal on drums!
- GJB 8/19/06 (Skip Hughes & Bob Price with the GJB), a live recording from our 2006 concert at Music Mountain. Skip Hughes and Bob Price both do a lot of singing on this CD, including several tunes that we had only started using during that summer. (No longer available)
- GJB 99, A PERFECT LIFE (No longer available) - Last performances of Spiegle Willcox with the Galvanized Jazz Band, recorded 1997-1999 at the ChowderPot with Bob Bequillard & Ed Stockmal (drums), Joel Schiavone & Gim Burton (banjo) Russ Whitman & Noel Kaletsky (reeds), Skip Hughes & Art Baron (trombone), Bill Sinclair & Ted DesPlantes (piano)...All profits from sales of this recording went to the Spiegle Willcox Scholarship Fund, S.U.N.Y, Cortland, NY... 14 tunes, 72 minutes.
- GJB 6/22/02 - A professionally-produced CD of our June 2002 concert at Music Mountain with Jane Campedelli, Jim Fryer, and Bob Price; the same version of the GJB that performed at the 11th annual Suncoast festival in Florida. (Now out of print)
- GJB 4/3/05 was a limited-issue souvenir recording of the Jazz Brunch that was held at the River Run on April 3, 2005 to raise funds for the Great Connecticut Jazz Festival. Our guests were trombonist-vocalist Tom Boates and vocalist Cynthia Fabian. (No longer available)
- GJB 4/27/03, Farewell to the Chowderpot is a live recording of our final night at the Chowderpot III in Branford, which was our happy home for seven years. Herb Gardner, Abbie Gardner and Bob Price were with us for the occasion, and the session turned into quite a romp. (No longer available)
- GJB 3/4/03, Mardi Gras 2003 is a live recording of our 32nd anniversary celebration at the Chowderpot on March 4, 2003 with Nick Carella and Noel Kaletsky along with Russ Whitman, Fred Vigorito, Bill Sinclair, Art Hovey, and Bob Bequillard. (No longer available)
- GJB 1/27/01, A Big Butter & Egg Man - Live recording of a GJB performance for the Westchester-Fairfield Jazz Society featuring Jane Campedelli and Craig Grant.. This limited-edition CD will not play on older DVD players. (No longer available)
- GJB 6/23/01, The Hot 5/Hot 7 Tribute - Live CD recording of the GJB's June 2001 Music Mountain concert with Jerry Zigmont and Mike Hashem. This limited-edition CD will not play on older DVD players, nor will it play on phonographs. (No longer available)
- The University of New Hampshire issued a CD called "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans" with 15 tracks of wonderful jazz from its on-campus Traditional Jazz Series, then in its 27th year. All sales proceeds went to the Hurricane Katrina victims through the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund and the American Library Association Katrina Relief Fund. The 15 tracks include performances by Doc Cheatham, the Paramount Jazz Band with Jeff Hughes and Jimmy Mazzy, Dick Hyman, the Galvanized Jazz Band (with George Masso, Spiegle Willcox and Dave Huxtable) John Clark's Wolverine Jazz Band with Tom Boates, Butch Thompson and Eli Newberger, Vince Giordano's Night Hawks with Peter Ecklund and Herb Gardner, the New Black Eagles, Bob Wilber, Jim Fryer and Jeff Barnhart, Craig Ball's White Heat Swing Orchestra, Dave McKenna, Bud Freeman, Vic Dickenson, and Peanuts Hucko. (Wow!) -This CD was sold from the UNH Library Website. There may or may not be a few copies left.
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