[Dixielandjazz] Long Running Gigs

Stephen G Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 23 13:51:44 PDT 2009

Larry Walton wrote about a 25 year gig with the same band at The  
Meadow Park Lounge in Florissant Missouri and wondered about trad  
bands with long running gigs.

I know that The Gotham Jazzmen performed a noontime concert once a  
week (Thursdays) at the Donnell Branch of the New York Public Library  
for 32 years, from 1976 to 2008. Because they use a few "working"  
musicians, the personnel changes somewhat depending upon those working  
guys getting a higher paying gig, and/or going out on the road.. The  
Library is undergoing renovations and so that location ceased to be a  
venue for a while, but the band still performs on Thursdays at a  
nearby branch.

The regular members of that band included a gig buddy of mine from the  
1950s,  Dick Sherman, Drums and leader for a while. Other who have  
regularly appeared with them at Donnell include James Lincoln Collier;  
Trombone, Dawes Thompson; guitar, Peter Eklund, trumpet, Don Phillips,  
Saxophone; Peter Sokolow, piano; Leroy (Sam) Parkins, clarinet; Dick  
Waldburger, Bass;

Others who have played with them a time or two, include Ed Polcer,  
trumpet, Lee Lorenz, trumpet; Dick Miller, Piano; Joe Muryani,  
clarinet; Orange Kellin, clarinet; Dick Ross, drums; and others.

Steve Barbone

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