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experimenting with SPGM gallery -- just click "music gallery" . .
.maybe soon I'll have many more gig photos . . .I've got hundreds. .
.sorry some of these are fuzzy. . .they look a little like the way Dean
Martin would have seen them]
trombone since 1971.
I originally strove to become a
musician". Because any style could be
required of this type of performer, I've tried to play in every
situation I could accept. I've performed in symphony
orchestras, as section player and as a soloist, in big bands in all
capacities, in Top 40 bands and R&B bands as the only
trombonist, in dixieland bands, in "casual" groups playing for weddings
and corporate parties, in trombone ensembles and in brass ensembles.
improvising is steadily improving and that way I can contribute to a
small jazz group setting. I am contually learning more and
more standard pieces and I have splendid "fake book" sets available so
I can function in a loose setting. I play in these big bands regularly:
North Los Angeles Jazz
Ensemble (aka Bob Couto's Thurs. night
John Peace Super
Band (lately become less active)
I usually perform on either a King 2B (heavily
modified by L.A. area brass repair guy Chris Gonzales), a Bach 16M
(purchased at Zeps out of the same lot where that Dick Nash got
his--I'm told I took the 2nd that Dick decided just was not "quite" as
good as the other). I now have a Bach 42B which I'd
use in a symphony situation, and I also have horns I don't generally
use - a 1979 Conn 6H
and a 1950's vintage Martin
I use the Giddings
and Webster "Chocolatero" model mouthpiece (original
design) for small bore and a Faxx 6 1/2 AL for large bore
course one really fun job is to play with the various Rat Pack groups.
The Sinatra, Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. team was a great one,
and always is sure to entertain.
are links to a couple of groups I work with regularly (I will
this stuff and adding more as more occurs):
Vegas, The Rat Pack
-- This group is essentially a reproduction of the original show with
Dino, The Chairman and Smokey. I have had the pleasure of
with this show and
it's a hoot!
is the Rat
Pack with Nick DeGidio and his Dry Martini Orchestra. This is
more of an adaptation of or the
essence of the Rat Pack for use as a corporate show. These
know how to adapt their show to your corporate
even use a Marilyn Monroe or a Lucille Ball depending upon the
corporate client's needs. Here is a review
from a happy "corporate" client. The gig was with the AFSA,
association of Fire Sprinkler Contractors and Engineers (these guys and
gals had a HELL of a good time at the convention:
Rat Pack Martini
Lounge /Awards Ceremony
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
Springs Patio at the JW Marriott Desert Springs
Tonight, we recreate the glamour, the sights and the sounds of that
historical time as you enjoy AFSA's very own "Rat Pack" party! The Rat
Pack was the hippest, coolest bunch of guys on either coast. The
evening begins with a martini in hand listening to the Dry Martini
Orchestra entertain during the cocktail reception and dinner. This
great 12-piece band provides traditional standards of the forties, from
Glen Miller and Frank Sinatra to the latest hits. After dinner the
nightclub will come alive with music and entertainment. You will be
both amazed and delighted with the talent this "Rat Pack troupe will
display. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. performers
will bear uncanny resemblance to the original performers and have
vocals that will blow you away. You will feel as though you have
stepped back in time, as you are entertained with humorous antics,
fabulous music and tales of the times.
Click Here for
Calendar of my Current Gigs
of my trombone
||Trombone, synth guitar
bass guitar; based upon an Urbie Green version
originally done by Urbie Green on "Bein' Green" - this hearks back to
the early days of Quadrophonic recording
Aebersold group doing this Bossa standard
Nowadays and Yesterdays:
asked to perform jazz and big band jazz often.
I've developed the proper style to sound like a Tommy Dorsey on a tune
such as "Marie" or "I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over
You". I owe this and whatever else I can do musically to my training.
I've been lucky enough to have
excellent training as a
developing trombone player. I studied with Harold Diner, Karl Raschkes,
Norman Fleming, and Terry Cravens. In High School I
Snodgrass and Frakie Nobert as instuctors. Frankie was a
theory and piano teacher and sang with the Roger Wagner
Later, I was lucky enough to play in LA Valley and LA City College
bands with Dick Carlson and with Woody James.
teachers were very
helpful and very fine persons. I feel lucky to have been their student.
Harold Diner, and Chicago trombonist Jim Pankow; they were
at the same studio that day (circa 1971). Sombody had a
both are holding King 2B trombones. Pankow has a Schilke
mouthpiece and Hal had his trusty Almont. Harold was known as one of
the true "studio musicians" in the classic sense of that
was under contract to Paramount Studios while the studio system was
working. This meant every day rehearsal and
era really began in the 1920's and continued until the early
1960's. By the beginning of the sixties a more purely
system was established, so trombonists were not under contract to MGM
(as was Hoyt Bohannon) or Paramount (Hal Diner).
Paramount, Hal was usually found in the trombone section next to Abe
Lincoln. Abe was known as a phenomenal Dixieland player (he's
available on CD next to Jack Teagarden. . .also trading eights with Mr.
T. . .Lincoln was a STUNNING jazz soloist). What is NOT
known is that Abe Lincoln made a very good living working in the
Hollywood studios. I've got a picture here where Lincoln,
and bass-trombonist Louis Castelano are playing in the back of a large
studio orchestra conducted by Sigmund Romberg, a well-known composer of
1979 I was
trombonist with "We the People", a Top-40 group in Glendale,
This was excellent experience. I thank David Vasquez and his
group for a fine experience. I then spent several years
(1975-1979)studying to play symphonic tenor
trombone, primarily in the "principal" or 1st Trombone spot. As time
went on, I found that I was asked to play 1st Trombone in Swing
Era-type big bands. For a while I was a regular with the Jimmy Dorsey
Orchestra. Presently I play with the "Jack Lantz Band", Bob Couto's "North San Fernando Valley Jazz Ensemble",
and the "Dave Johnson Band" regularly. Trumpeter, Jean-Pierre Michelou is also fronting a big band which does concerts and events on an occasional basis.
The band is quite good. Pierce College Jazz Band is also quite the "hot" college band, and I'm lucky to do that one.
I also am asked to play in other
(The Southern California Jazz Company and Jay Wimmer Band are
Also, recently I've been fortunate to play with some of the "Rat Pack"
groups currently working [
Will hook in links here when available].
are fun gigs with fun
people. I sure wish I had been there to see Frank, Dean and
in person. The schtick is FUNNNY!! Take a
look at the
gigs calendar. I hope to keep that up to date, since many
ask me where I will be playing. This should allow them to
out and hang with the band. . .
site will be
changing quite a bit,
so please return often and let me know what you think.
opinions on various fine beers as I tour the world's greatest brews. I
sampling fine beers now for about six months and have found some
fabulous beers. Perhaps my favorite
is Xingu from Brazil. Another close behind is MacKeson Triple Stout. Click here for beer stuff.