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.
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, 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
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.
Mike Davis plays a Jazz Trumpet in the Classic Tradition At twenty-five years old, “eloquent trumpet prodigy” Mike Davis (Wall Street Journal) has a voice beyond his years on his instrument. His playing is imbued with the sounds of prohibition-era speakeasies, Hoovervilles of the depression, and glittering jazz palaces of the swing era, creating a timeless cocktail of American music. A recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Mike began his trumpet instruction at age nine with Jerry Oram in Seattle, and went on to study with Laurie Frink until her death in July of 2013. Both encouraged his interest in early jazz styles, which led to his beginning to work professionally in New York City during his college years. He now appears regularly around New York City with Dandy Wellington and his band, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Gelber and Manning, Glenn Crytzer, Terry Waldo, Baby Soda, Dan Levinson, and many other traditional jazz and swing bands. A regular at the celebrated jam session at Mona’s Bar, Mike is one of the vanguard of young musicians bringing traditional jazz to the forefront of the NYC music scene.
Dalton Ridenhour, a native of St. James, Missouri, began musical training at the age of eight. He quickly developed an interest in Ragtime and first performed at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival at the age of nine. For the next eight years, he was a featured performer at many Ragtime festivals around the country. By the age of sixteen, exposure to traditional jazz and ragtime styles had led Dalton to the music of Charlie Parker. He attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he decided to make music a lifelong study. Upon graduating high school in 2000, Dalton began furthering his education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied privately with Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Perez, and David Azarian. At Berklee, Dalton was exposed to an abundance of new music, and he was given the opportunity to play on numerous recording sessions, concerts, and gigs that involved styles of music ranging from country and pop, to jazz. In 2003, he graduated from Berklee with a B.M. in Piano Performance. Following studies at Berklee, Dalton completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied privately with Harold Danko. He was the recipient of a graduate assistantship award that gave him the responsibility of teaching undergraduate courses at the Eastman School and the University of Rochester. While at Eastman, Dalton was also awarded a Downbeat Student Music Award for Oustanding Soloist in the college division, and Eastman’s Shirmer Prize award for jazz performance. Currently, Dalton resides in New York City where he performs regularly with numerous jazz, indie rock and funk bands. He has played at various clubs throughout the city, including Rockwood Music Hall, Spike Hill, The Bitter End, Fat Cat and Ars Nova. In addition, he has toured the US with the indie rock group, Goodbye Picasso.
Kevin Dorn has been one of the busiest drummers in traditional jazz for years. He is dedicated to carrying on the tradition of the great ensemble drummers such as Cliff Leeman, Dave Tough, George Wettling, Buzzy Drootin and Morey Feld — drummers who played for the benefit of the band and who were masters of time.
As a teenager, Kevin listened to recordings of the great Eddie Condon band of the 1950s and decided that this was the music he wanted to play. Never straying from his passion, Kevin immersed himself in the music. This commitment and intensity has led to steady work with such stellar musicians as Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Dick Hyman, Allan Vaché, Johnny Varro, Bob Wilber, Warren Vaché, Dan Levinson, Mark Shane, Terry Blaine, Randy Sandke, Banu Gibson, Jon-Erik Kellso and Randy Reinhart.
From 2002 to 2004, Kevin was the drummer for the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, the nation’s foremost traditional jazz group, appearing on their weekly public radio show, Riverwalk: Live at The Landing. This was a very special period for Kevin, as the chance to play with the same band six nights a week gave him an experience that is almost impossible to come by in today’s jazz world.
Kevin has played at numerous jazz festivals and jazz parties, including the JVC Jazz Festival, Jazz at Chautauqua, the Atlanta Jazz Party, the North Carolina Jazz Festival, the Colorado Springs Jazz Party, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the Los Angeles Sweet & Hot Festival, the San Diego Jazz Festival, the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, the Orange County Jazz Festival, the Nairn Jazz Festival in Scotland, and the Jeju Swing Camp in South Korea. Kevin has performed throughout Europe, Japan, the United States and South America.
Some of the bands that Kevin is a member of include the Yerba Buena Stompers, the Dimestore Romeos, the Baby Soda Jazz Band, the Brain Cloud, the Grand Street Stompers and the Anderson Twins Sextet. Kevin also leads his own band, the Big 72.
Always working towards improving, Kevin recently completed a very inspiring study with drum guru Allen Herman. Kevin himself has taught drumming at the United Nations International School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop.
Jim Fryer (Trombone, Manhattan) – Jim began his professional career at the age of 16 in the Boston area. He later joined the Paradise City Jazz Band in Northampton, Massachusetts, and played many festivals with them. Since that time, Jim has toured internationally every year, played on dozens of recordings, made TV appearances, and played a variety of theaters and concert halls throughout New England. Jim first visited England n 1988 and has returned every year since then with Classic Jazz Epochs and Jeff Barnhart, Paradise City JB, the Hot Cats, and as a solo performer with the UK’s best musicians, including Humphrey Littleton, Kenny Baker and Digby Fairweather. Now living in New York, Jim is one of the busiest brass men in the city. He performs and teaches Jazz seven days a week. Jim is now a featured performer with the Titan Hot Seven Jazz Band and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. In his travels he has shared the stage with Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, Butch Thompson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Milt Jackson, and Rosemary Clooney.
Frank Tate Born in Washington, DC, growing up on Long Island, Tate began playing trumpet and was a neighbor of pianist Art Hodes. When he was 23 he began doubling on bass but played trumpet professionally in North Carolina in a band led by Bert Massengale. When Tate later rejoined the band there was no vacancy for a trumpet player so he played bass instead. He continued to advance his bass playing, studying with Michael Moore. In the late 60s Tate was briefly outside music but in late 1972 he was leader of the house band at Blues Alley in his home-town. A few years later he was working in the Cape Cod area, playing in bands led by Bobby Hackett and Dave McKenna, then he joined Marian McPartland and in the early 80s was with Zoot Sims. He helped organize the Dave McKenna- Scott Hamilton band and also toured with singer Pearl Bailey. In the mid-80s he was with the Howard Alden – Dan Barrett Quintet and in the early 90s played with Ruby Braff. A strong player with a fine sense of swing, Tate has always been a great asset to the rhythm section of any band in which he has played. His understanding of the needs of front-line players is perhaps strengthened through his early experience as a trumpet player. He was Bobby Short’s bassist from 1995 til 2005 and is on about 75 recordings, including 5 as a leader.
Tom Boates Tom got his start with the Pzazz Dixieland Band of Amherst College while attending Umass/Amherst and has been on the New England traditional jazz scene with such groups as the Hot Cat Jazz Band, the Hot Jam Band, the Williams Reunion Jazz Band and the Wolverines. You can hear him every Friday evening at Bill’s Seafood.
He is the inspiration for many young jazz musicians. Tom is the Chair of the Music Department at Guilford High School where he oversees 600 students, eleven ensembles, and four faculty members. He is the conductor of the GHS Symphony Orchestra and Jazz ensemble.
Dan Levinson is a performing artist, band leader, a specialist in traditional jazz and swing music and one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today. He is known for his mastery of the jazz styles of the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. Dan has accompanied esteemed vocalists Banu Gibson, Daryl Sherman, Janet Klein, Cynthia Sayer, and, most notably, the charming and talented Molly Ryan.
Dan has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks and has own ensembles which vary from ragtime to early jazz to swing. His newest ensemble, recalls the classic small groups of the 1930s, featuring Dan’s own arrangements.