Musicians

OUR FANTASTIC 2018 MUSICIANS!!

Daniel Barda, trombone

Jeff Barnhart, piano/vocals

Albie Bernard, tuba

Lou Bocciarelli, bass

Neil Defeo, trombone

Michel Bonnet, trumpet/vocals

Noel Kaletsky, reeds

Alain Marquet, reeds

Louis Mazetier, piano

Charles Prévost, washboard

Joel Schiavone, banjo/vocals

Steve Taddeo, drums

Fred Vigorito, cornet

And of course our featured attraction on Friday night direct from France!

“PARIS WASHBOARD SUPER SWING”

~Daniel, Louis, Alain, and new friends Charles and Jérôme!

 

 

Drummin’ Man   Steve Taddeo fell in love with Gene Krupa’s playing when his uncle gave him an old Columbia LP of Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert. He is a self-taught drummer, and played throughout his Watertown High School years, also in a teen-aged band Little Sid & Company, formed by Art Barbatos.

In the early 70’s he played at Betty’s Rolls Royce with Craig Ball and Paul Monat. Buzzy Drootin sometimes let him sit in. They also played at the Scotch & Sirloin. 1978-83 he had his own Steve Taddeo Big Band.  He also formed the Swing Senders in February 1978. His first trumpet player was Paul Monat.  He’s played with Bucky Pizzerelli, Bill Berry, Dick Johnson, Craig Ball, Lee Childs, and with the Ray Leach Orchestra.

He joined the Dick Donovan Big Band in 1992.  In 2004, Dick retired to New Hampshire, and Steve took over the band, retaining the name.  Daytime he works with the Forestry Division of the City of Waltham.  Nighttime and weekends he keeps busy with both the Swing Senders and The Dick Donovan Band, directed by Steve Taddeo, and also substitutes with many other local bands.

He has played with many leading jazz and swing artists including The Midiri Brothers, Dave McKenna, Dick Johnson, Buddy Greco, Carol Channing and Jeff Barnhart.

    Neil DeFeo      Neil began playing Trombone as a 10-year-old boy, growing up in Mt. Vernon, NY. At Mr. Vernon high, he was President of the Band and played first Trombone in the New York State, All State Band. After High School Neil attended Manhattan College, where he majored in Engineering. Neil played three to five nights a week with the “Your Father’s Moustache” banjo band in New York City – along with appearing in various NY area TV shows including the Ed Sullivan Show, Joe Franklin Show, Merv Griffen show, Mike Douglas and others. He appeared at Lincoln Center and played in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  After graduation from Manhattan College, Neil’s career took a turn away from music to business, which took him to live for a time in Japan, where he again began playing with bands appearing at many local clubs and on Japanese Radio shows. Neil has also appeared in various jazz festivities around the country including the Sacramento jazz festival. While business became his main career focus Neil never stopped playing and today spends a couple of weeks each summer playing with the well-known Traditional Jazz Cornetist – Jim Cullum. Neil is married to his wife of 35+ years and is a resident of Sarasota, Florida.