[Dixielandjazz] OKOM in Gilroy, CA

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Tue Jun 7 07:55:27 PDT 2005

FYI, many of the folks in Tom's group were originally (or early in 
their careers) members of the Churchill Street Jazz Band of Palo Alto. 
That band was started back in the mid 1970s by Bill Armstrong (banjo) 
when he recruited students from Palo Alto High School and taught them 
OKOM tunes from the Lu Watters/Turk Murphy book. He also brought in 
"adult" players as guests to fill out the band or to replace the 
student musicians as the went off to college (or other bands.)

That is how I got started playing OKOM.

and the rest is history ;-)

Dave Richoux

On Jun 7, 2005, at 6:24 AM, Jim O'Briant wrote:
> There's now OKOM at least twice a month in Gilroy, CA.  A small band 
> with
> somewhat flexible membership, "Tommy Bro's Hecker Pass All-Star 
> Dixieland
> Jazz Band," is playing twice a month at Happy Dog Pizza, #55 Fifth 
> Street,
> Gilroy.  The band plays from 6 PM - 8:30 PM on the first and third 
> Friday of
> each month. The band personnel are, more or less, and with occasional
> appearances by others:
> Cornet & Leader:
> 	Tom Brozene
> Saxello, Alto Sax, Bass Sax & Vocals:
> 	Rick Siverson (also whatever other weird instrument
> 		he might have along with him.  Two weeks ago
> 		he took a couple of choruses on alto recorder ...)
> Trombone:
> 	Howard Miyata (also occasional vocals)
> 	or
> 	Tommy Brozene (Tom Jr.)
> Tuba:
> 	Howard Miyata
> 	or
> 	Tommy Brozene (Tom Jr.)
> 	or
> 	Jim O'Briant (yours truly) (pray for no vocals, please)
> Banjo & Vocals:
> 	Bill Armstrong
> Other local musicians sit in regularly as well.
> The June 17 appearance is still somewhat tentative, as that evening is
> Gilroy High School Graduation and several of the musicians and/or their
> spouses are on the school district faculty, but other than that we 
> should be
> there twice a month for the foreseeable future.
> As for me, I just look forward to the weekends when High Sierra has a
> festival, 'cuz if we don't go to the festival, then I get to play 
> because
> Howard is out of town.
> Jim O'Briant, Tuba
> Gilroy, CA
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