May Columns

The Beantown Swing Orchestra plays for swing dancing in the Boston area.

Dr. Warren F. (Bud) Trow, M.D., 81, a general practitioner for 38 years in West Boylston, Mass., passed away at his home March 31. Trow was also the founder, leader and trombonist of the Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band, which, through the years, had successful runs at the Sticky Wicket Pub, Hopkinton, Mass., and at many other venues.

Trow, born in Worcester, Mass., attended schools there, including Clark University, where he received a bachelor's degree, and Tufts University in Massachusetts, where he received his medical degree. He served in a medical unit in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy N. (Dolly) Trow, his daughter, Kathryn N. Trow and his brother, Wesley R. Trow. His funeral service was held April 4, and interment was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston. Dr. Trow will be deeply missed by his many friends in medical and musical circles.

Drummer Steve Taddeo's Swing Senders opened the Spring jazz season April 1 at the Sherborn Inn, Routes 27 and 16, Sherborn, Mass. The Swing Senders play a variety of swing and Dixieland tunes, featuring the music of Benny Goodman, Claude Hopkins, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, and others. The band has performed in the Boston area, including a 1996 concert at Symphony Hall. Taddeo's playing has been influenced by drummers such as Baby Dodds, Jo Jones, Webb, and Krupa.

Doctor John Clark's Wolverine Jazz Band (WJB), with the Mood Elevators (a female vocal trio) as guests, performed at the Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham, Mass., March 30. On April 8, the Wolverines, with special guest reedman Noel Kaletsky from Connecticut, played at the Sherborn Inn. WJB, formed in 1996, is dedicated to preserving and expanding trad jazz. Each band member has been associated with earlier trad jazz bands, including the Blue Horizon Jazz Band, the Commonwealth Jazz Band, the Paramount Jazz Band of Boston, and others. The regular WJB members are Clark, clarinet and baritone saxophone; Jeff Hughes, cornet; Tom Boates, trombone/occasional vocals; Ross Petot, piano; Jimmy Mazzy, banjo/vocals; Rick MacWilliams, tuba, and Dave Didriksen, drums. WJB will return to the Sherborn Inn June 10.

The Dave Whitney Orchestra, with vocalist Sophia Stevens, will entertain at the Sherborn Inn May 6. DWO features music from the repertoires of swing bands of the 1930s and '40s. Whitney plays trumpet and sings, and the other musicians include soloists such as trombonist Jay Kaiser, reedmen Ben Goldstein and John Clark, pianist Steve Dale, and drummer Reid Jorgensen. Sophia Stevens formerly sang with Chris Power's Orchestra.

The new Jazz Jesters Novelty Orchestra will be featured at the Sherborn Inn May 13 and June 24. The Jazz Jesters play music reminiscent of Ray Smith's Paramount Jazz Band of Boston. The musicians are cornetist Jeff Hughes, reedmen John Clark and Craig Ball, pianist Robin Verdier, banjoist/vocalist Jimmy Mazzy, tubaist Al Bernard, drummer Bill Reynolds, and vocalist Ginny Briggs, who specializes in the unique repertoire of Jane Green, a singer of the 1920s. The Jazz Jesters will be at the Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, Conn., from June 27 to 29.

Stan McDonald's Blue Horizon Jazz Band makes its monthly third Tuesday appearance at the Sherborn Inn May 20 and June 17. The Blue Horizon, formed in 1981, introduced trad jazz to the Sherborn Inn in 1989. McDonald's playing styles on the soprano sax and clarinet have been influenced mostly by Sidney Bechet. The other regular members of the band are trumpeter Jeff Stout, trombonist Gerry Gagnon, pianist Ross Petot, bassist Al Ehrenfried, and drummer Dave Bragdon.

British pianist Neville Dickie's Boogie Woogie and All That Jazz, with special guests McDonald and Bragdon, will appear at the Sherborn Inn May 27. Dickie is known as a stride and boogie woogie master on the piano and for his powerful and accurate left hand. The admission charge for the Dickie concert will be $15 instead of the usual $10 charge for the Tuesday night jazz concerts at the Sherborn Inn. Call (508) 655-9521 for reservations and information.

On June 3, at the Sherborn Inn, the Sticky Skillets will play tunes from the Great American Songbook and the repertoires of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. The members of the Sticky Skillets are trombonist Dan Fox, tenor saxist Arnie Krakowsky, guitarist Crick Diefendorf, bassist Todd Baker, and drummer John McLellan. Veteran jazzman Krakowsky worked with Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, and Tony Bennett.

Stan McDonald's Blue Horizon Five played April 3 at Ma Glockner's Restaurant, Bellingham, Mass. Performing were McDonald on soprano sax and clarinet, cornetist Jeff Hughes, guitarist Royce Anderson, bassist Al Ehrenfried, and drummer Richard Malcolm. The Blue Horizon Five appears at Ma Glockner's from 7-10 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Ma Glockner's is located at 151 South Maple Street, Bellingham. Reservations can be made at (508) 966-1085

On April 10, the New Black Eagles were at J.P. O'Hanlon's Pub, Ayer, Mass., where they perform the second Thursday monthly. In the band were guest cornetist Scott Black, trombonist Stan Vincent, reedman Billy Novick, banjoist Peter Bullis, pianist Bob Pilsbury, bassist Barry Bockus, and drummer Pam Pameijer. On June 20, NBEJB will perform at Chan's, Woonsocket, R.I. Check for additional information.

On April 4, the Boston Swing Co-operative presented Boston Swing Central's inaugural dance, featuring the Beantown Swing Orchestra, at the YWCA, Cambridge, Mass. The Boston Swing Co-operative is a non-profit organization which promotes swing dancing. On May 1, from 7-10 p.m., drummer Bill Logozzo's Heartbeat Jazz Band, with guest trombonist Skip Hughes, was at Oliver's Restaurant in Essex, Conn.

If you have news of traditional jazz, swing or ragtime in New England, please e-mail me at or call me at (781) 762-9344. I'd like to learn more about what is happening in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.

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