Musicians

Jeff Barnhart

Jeff Barnhart

Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer (member of ASCAP), educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Here he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century. The 21st century has found Jeff constantly appearing as a soloist and band pianist at parties, festivals, clubs and cruises throughout the world.  In addition, he leads two bands in the UK: the Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band, which concentrates on hot music of the 1920’s, and Jeff Barnhart’s British Band, which performs small group swing of the 30’s. Due to his versatility, vast repertoire and vibrant energy, Jeff is in increasing demand as a participant in international jazz events as either a soloist or as pianist in All-Star Jazz ensembles. In addition to his widely acclaimed solo and band appearances, Jeff is enjoying great success performing with smaller groups, most notably Ivory&Gold®, a group he co-leads with his talented wife, flutist/vocalist Anne Barnhart. Ivory&Gold® has become a mainstay at many jazz and ragtime festivals throughout the US, the UK and Europe. Jeff enjoys playing dual piano and has done so with such jazz luminaries as Ralph Sutton, Neville Dickie, Louis Mazetier, John Sheridan and Brian Holland. In addition to his own label, Jazz Alive Records, Jeff plays piano and sings on the international labels GHB, Summit-World Jazz Records, Music Minus One, and the two largest jazz labels in the UK, Lake Records and P.E.K. Sound. In 2006, Jeff joined the roster of artists featured on the Arbors Records label, with 4 recordings currently available:  the most recent featuring jazz legends Bob Wilber and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jeff has recorded as both pianist and vocalist on over 100 full-length albums.  He averages 40 weeks a year on the road, bringing his music to all corners of the globe. Music composer, performer and reviewer Jack Rummel, recently summed up the reason for Jeff’s popularity, averring, “When it comes to talent, speed, versatility, creativity, mastery of multiple genres and just plain entertaining zaniness, Jeff Barnhart stands alone”. In addition to his active performance and recording schedule, Jeff is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator. His double BA in Music and English, combined with his MA in Education, make Jeff a formidable and entertaining force in the clinic, master class and inspirational speaking forums. In the first quarter of 2015, he and Anne have appeared as clinicians at Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX, The University of Colorado Denver and Mississippi State University.

Joel Schiavone

Joel Schiavone

Founder of Your Father’s Mustache Bands, The Galvanized Jazz Band At Harvard Business School wrote a report in the New Enterprises classes about the pleasures and financial returns from a banjo nightclub in Boston. Received a low pass grade, which is equivalent to a D. Comments were along the lines of a ridiculous idea, totally implausible. What do business professors know about beer and banjos? Starting with Boston in 1962 and continuing all over the world until finally disappearing in 1974. After that it’s been down hill. Rebuilt downtown New Haven, ran and lost for Governor and Comptroller of Connecticut, ran and lost for Mayor of New Haven, plundered the riches left to him by his father, plays the banjo occasionally with the Galvanized Jazz Band, an appearance last fall at Carnegie Hall and now lives in a one room basement apartment with his devoted wife Donna, 2 dogs, one macaw and 10 fish.

Noel Kaletsky

Noel Kaletsky

Noel, a former Galvanized regular for 26 years, is a full time musician in every sense of the word, plays Jazz festivals throughout the world, works regularly with the Bearcats Jazz Band, and is a featured, guest performer with the GJB, Red Lehr’s St. Louis Rivermen, and Tex Wyndham’s Rent Party Revelers.Often described as an “exciting, versatile soloist with seemingly unlimited endurance”, Noel, a former Easy Rider, has performed with the best of them, including an RCA recording with New Orleans veterans, a GHB recording with Wild Bill Davison, and numerous Jazz Crusade recordings. As one reviewer recently remarked about Noel’s playing: “This is about as good as it gets”. We Agree!The Noel Kaletsky Quartet

Fred Vigorito

Fred Vigorito

Leader of The Galvanized Jazz Band Fred is a full time musician, having retired from the Telephone company in 1995. He has been playing New Orleans Jazz since 1963 when he joined Big Bill Bissonnette’s Easy Rider Jazz Band. Fred, a former Connecticut all-state first-trumpeter, is featured on more than 45 recordings, his most memorable being a 1965 GHB recording at Preservation Hall with Jazz veterans Jim Robinson, Albert Burbank, Creole George Guesno, Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavajeau and Don Ewell. Fred also recorded with Jazz veterans George Lewis, Kid Thomas, Emanuel Paul, Sammy Rimington and Louis Nelson. Fred plays a hot, driving cornet style, with a clear, defined lead. Major influences include Louis Armstrong, Kid Thomas, Kid Howard, Wild Bill Davison, Bobby Hackett, Muggsy Spanier, Ruby Braff and Thomas Jefferson. Fred has lead the Galvanized Jazz Band, Connecticut’s #1 Jazz Band, since 1971! He also travels to Europe as a featured guest performer with JP Alessi’s French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band and other European Jazz bands as well.

Tom Palinko

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I started playing drums when I was eight. Studied with Ed Soph, Gary Chester and at WCSU with David Smith. Was member of Sonny Costanzo Big Band, Hartford Jazz Orchestra conducted by Chick Cicchetti, and toured with Tommy Dorsey band. Currently member of Bill’s Seafood Jazz All Stars, Ken Nigro Group, Hot Cat Jazz band and Thomaston Jazz Orchestra.