[Dixielandjazz] Earthquake McGoons Clancy Hayes
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Sat Dec 1 21:04:01 PST 2012
I had many a pleasurable dinner at Vannesi's and alwasy enjoy Listening to Frank Gazis
Yes, Frank Gazis was a friend of my dad's, and I became his friend as a teen
ager back in the 60's. Even though underage, I'd go into bar area and talk with
him, ask him to play a Greek song, and always enjoyed him very much.
He even gave me a cymbalum, when I told him I had been looking for one for a
He was a great man and a great musician. One time, at his house, he and his wife
told me a story. Apparently Orson Wells heard his cymbalum playing and loved it.
He thought it would be a great sound for a movie he was making. But then it
turned out the director had already gotten a zither player to play the music for
"The Third Man!"
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On Nov 30, 2012, at 3:05 PM, Art Wood <artwoo at aol.com> wrote:
> The recent mention of intermission players @ Earthquake McGoons brought back
the memory of Clancy Hayes.
> Not to disparage Bob and Scott, but I think Clancy Hayes was the almighty star
of the intermission riffs at Earthquake McGoons.
> I can clearly recall Clancy slowly approaching his stool, adjusting himself,
and then strumming and singing like a preacher who could never deliver a bad
> Clancy was pure and direct.
> I was so young at the time (early 20's) that I could not fully appreciate that
Earthquake McGoon's was akin to the holy grail of trad jazz.
> North Beach and the fringes offered so much enjoyment to a young soul with
clubs like: The Roaring 20's, Playboy Club, Gold Street, Goman's Gay 90's, Burp
Hollow, Jazz Workshop, The Purple Onion, Carol Doda's, The Red Garter, and
others I have forgotten about.
> Glad to have been there. Wish I had a time machine.
> PS Another star of North Beach was Frank Gazis @ Vanessi's Restaurant. Anyone
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