Musicians

Banu Gibson

banu-gibsonToday, Banu (bah'new) Gibson stands virtually at the top of her field. A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Rather than mimic singers of the past, she mixes fresh renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards and jazz classics by Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin, Carmichael, Waller, Porter, et al. A powerful force on stage as well as on her CDs on the Swing Out label, her enthusiasm and showmanship are highlighted by her wide range and versatility. Recently, Banu and her band appeared on Garrison Keillor's award-winning NPR series, A Prairie Home Companion, and brought in the millennium as the only guest artist of the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. They headline nationwide at concerts, jazz festivals, clubs and jazz parties, on television's Entertainment Tonight; PBS's Jazz From New Orleans; Joan Lunden's Everyday, four times as American Public Radio's featured vocalist on Riverwalk, Live From The Landing, and at the 2001 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Banu toured Europe with the legendary, fiery cornetist Wild Bill Davison, and has continuously performed abroad with the New Orleans Hot Jazz in Germany, England, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and with a contingent of her band in Australia. Other highlights include Dick Hyman's Jazz in July series New York City. Banu traveled with her pianist/musical director David Boeddinghaus for a week of performances in Vienna including a gala appearance at the Palais Auersperg, and toured Japan as the featured vocalist with The World's Greatest Jazz Band. Banu is also highlighted in the first chapter of Charles Kuralt's book Charles Kuralt's America. Banu and her band have taken their music to an expanded audience by including performances with symphony orchestras. To date they have performed more than 60 concerts with orchestras, including symphony orchestras in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, the Boston Pops, and New Orleans, and a three-night concert at the Hollywood Bowl with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. With an extensive repertoire of songs, Banu's performances cover many high points of America's golden age of popular music. Not content to copy the past, Banu Gibson is creative within the boundaries of the genre, consistently inventing fresh and imaginative variations giving new life to timeless, unforgettable music.  

Vince Giordano

vince-giordanoGrammy-winner, New York native and multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano has played in New York nightclubs, appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, HBOs Boardwalk Empire and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival and the 92nd St Y for the past four decades. Recording projects include soundtracks for the award-winning Boardwalk Empire with vocalist like Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor, Neko Case, Leon Redbone, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Russell, Rufus Wainwright and David Johansen. Vince and his band have also recorded for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, and John Krokidas’ debut feature, Kill Your Darlings, along with HBO’s Grey Gardens and the miniseries Mildred Pierce. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. The band’s recent projects are Todd Haynes’ Academy Award nominated film Carol; and last year’s Emmy-winning Bessie bio-pic on HBO, and Cinemax’s The Knick starring Clive Owen; a Maggie Greenwald film called Sophie and the Rising Sun that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.  

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.

Tom Boates

tom-boatesTom has been active on the Connecticut jazz scene for a number of years and has toured extensively with the Hot Cat, Hot Jam, and Wolverine Jazz bands. On Friday nights Tom can be seen and heard regularly with the "Jazz All-Stars" at Bill's Seafood in Westbrook. As a career music educator and band director (formerly in Holyoke, Mass, now at Guilford High School in Connecticut) Tom is uniquely qualified to deal with the rest of us. Tom's playing, singing and arranging talents are valuable to every band.  

Mike Davis

mike-davisAt 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.  

Kevin Dorn

kevindorn2009_2wKevin 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.  

Noel Kaletsky

Noel KaletskyNoel, 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  

Dan Levinson

Dan Levinson [photo by Tom Salvas]Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan Levinson’s roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him across the continent and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen’s band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/ guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. Dan’s successful Benny Goodman tributes have been presented both on the East Coast with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band - NYC’s preeminent swing orchestra - and throughout Germany with Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra. Dan has recorded over 150 CDs, including nine under his own name. He can be heard on the soundtracks to the films The Cat’s Meow, Ghost World, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, as well as on virtually all of the newly recorded music used on the soundtrack of the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire, which ran from 2010 to 2014.  

Matt Musselman

matt-musselmanMusselman's clear, gorgeous sound is complemented nicely by a buoyant energy not often found on his instrument. As a gifted soloist he can make you smile no matter what the mood, and his flexibility within the section magnifies those around him. We've stretched him out several times on Dan Urness's pivotal my love is like a fungus., and he never fails to disappoint.  

Tom Palinko

Tom_SmilingI 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.  

Dalton Ridenhour

dalton-ridenhourDalton Ridenhour has been playing ragtime, stride, and blues piano for most of his life - and it shows. A native of St. James, Missouri, he has quietly become one of the most celebrated pianists on the ragtime and jazz festival circuit today. Drawing inspiration from across the board (Scott Joplin to Fats Waller to George Jones to Elvis Presley to Radiohead to Robert Johnson to Nat King Cole), Ridenhour's playing is distinctive not only for its refreshing originality, but also for its breathtaking lyricism and beauty. CD includes a 12-page full-color booklet with an introduction by Martin Spitznagel and liner notes by the artist. 15 tracks including The Entertainer, If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight), The Crave, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Harlem Strut, Palm Leaf Rag, and more. Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Harlem Strut, Palm Leaf Rag.

Joel Schiavone

Joel SchiavoneFounder 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. Charitable contributions can be sent to the Max and Bryan Schiavone Educational trust.  

Frank Tate

frank-tateGrowing up on Long Island, Tate began playing trumpet and was a neighbour 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.  

Fred Vigorito

Fred VigoritoLeader 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.