[Dixielandjazz] OLD MUSICIANS - Redux

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 2 14:10:50 PST 2004

Here's an addition to the thread about "Old" musicians started by Nancy
Giffin a few days ago.

Ed Metz Sr. has been covering a lot of dates in Florida for Parke
Frankenfield. Parke led a very popular Dixieland Band in the Eastern USA
for many years and passed away a month or two ago.. These past three
Saturdays at John's  Island ( a very exclusive Country Club in Vero
Beach), the band included:

Billy Mure, guitar - age 87 who was a NYC studio musician for most of
his career
including 9 years on the Arthur Godfrey radio show and many Broadway

Red  Hawley, drums - age 80 who was with the Dukes of Dixieland, Don
Goldie and many others. (back in the days of the 3 Assunto's and Jack

Eddie Gralka, tenor - age 81 who has been a professional musician  all
his life, performing in Vegas and Miami. According to Ed, they all still
play with great
recall and great energy.

All I can add is the following quote from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night:
"If music be the food of love, play on."

Steve Barbone

PS. My band, Barbone Street, is doing a private "society jazz gig" later
this year for a dowager who winters in the Vero Beach area. She confirms
Ed's assessment above, having heard that band at Johns Island and said
she hoped our slightly younger band could play as well.

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