[Dixielandjazz] Shameless Promotion
Stephen G Barbone
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 1 17:08:45 PDT 2009
Here is a review of our return engagement performance at the famous
Ocean City, NJ, Music Pier. Wonderful audience. Some knowledgeable
about OKOM and some merely there because they were vacationing at the
Jersey shore beaches and decided to come to the concert. All ages were
represented and the performance garnered a standing ovation and a
demand for an encore.
Ocean City Sentinel - September 4, 2009 - by Ed Wismer OCS Music Critic
Barbone Street Band, A Welcome Return
Ocean City - Everyone has a favorite form when it comes to jazz. I'm
fond of most including bop and fusion, but I am especially addicted to
the original sound that emanated from the bars and bordellos of New
Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
For me, it all started when I was very young. I first herd jazz while
listening to my uncle's Louis Armstrong and King Oliver records in the
mid-1930s. If you are one of my contemporaries, you may recall the 10
inch short and very breakable shellac discs we played on wind-up
machines with cactus needles. The sound was tinny and certainly wasn't
stereophonic, but the music was great.
Wednesday, August 26, brought the welcome return of the Barbone Street
Jazz Band and they brought it back big time. The leader of the band,
Steve Barbone plays his clarinet like a latter day Benny Goodman or
Artie Shaw, and sings pretty well too. Barbone is Steve's real last
name, but he capitalizes on the fact it sounds like "Bourbon." He and
his band deserve a "Southern Comfort" (but not in Ocean City) -
Steve's note, OC is a dry resort town. :-(
Some of his players are AARP members, while the rest are frisky
kids . . . especially a cute redhead named Cindy Leiby, who makes her
shiny trombone growl like a tiger and she sings sweetly too. The other
youngster is drummer Mike Piper. The remaining talented codgers are
guitarist Sonny Troy and bassist Ace Tesone. There's one more kid,
Paul Grant, who plays his trumpet like a cross between Louis
Armstrong, Doc Severensen and Bix Beiderbecke, and also sings.
The Barbone Street Band got off to a rip roaring start with "Bourbon
Street Parade" and followed with "Tin Roof Blues" and a whole bunch of
Dixieland classics. Leiby sang several nifty songs, starting with
"Love." Grant's next vocal was was "That's Why They Call Me Shine"
which Barbone explained was a parody song and not racist as some
believe. Grant also sang a song Louis Armstrong penned called "Someday
You'll Be Sorry. Armstrong had four wives, all high maintenance types,
Barbone explained, and this was his "get even" song for women who
treat jazz musicians badly.
The band brought up a guest drummer for one number, Joe Sher, who was
in his late 80s, but he could really swing. He did a bang up job
"Undecided Now." "Sweet Georgia Brown" came next and all I could think
of was Mel Brooks and his Polish version of the song.
Duke Ellington wasn't neglected either. The band played his "In A
Mellow Tone" smoothly and with great harmony. Barbone nicely sang "I
Want A Little Girl" which was a favorite of Steve Allen's. Barbone
said he used it to win his wife, a half century ago. He also told a
story about jazz clarinetist Irving Fazola. Barbone said that
musicians' chairs have no arms because Fazola, who weighed over 300
pounds, once got stuck in a captain's chair at a restaurant after
eating 35 hamburgers. So they took him and chair to the gig in an
ambulance. They managed to pry him loose after the first set at the
Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The crowd was vastly entertained.
The concert's finale was "That's A Plenty," which was used by Jackie
Gleason as his traveling music between skits. An encore was demanded
and came in the form of "When The Saints Go Marching In," which upheld
an old jazz tradition. All I could say was "y'all come back, heah!"
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