Born: September 21, 1933 Primary Instrument: Clarinet
I played Jazz in New York City, Paris France and Frankfurt Germany from 1949 through 1962 at Nick's, Melody Lounge, Central Plaza, Cinderella Club, Kit Kat Club, JazKeller, Vieux Colombier, etc., with Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Sidney Bechet, Chuck Traeger, Phil Napoleon, Billy Maxted, Gene Schroeder, Pee Wee Erwin, Johnny Windhurst, Jack Fine, Yank Lawson, Bob Haggart and others.
I left music in 1963 for a day gig. Then in 1992 started to play again. Now gig 160 times a year in the Philadelphia area with my own band, The Barbone Street Jazz Band. Some top gigs in 2003 included; West Chester University Jazz Festival, Berks Jazz Festival, Media Jazz Festival, Media Blues Festival, Dover Downs Wine & Jazz Destival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Jazz Festival. We played on stage with Preservation Hall and Dirty Dozen bands, and opposite some of the top jazz bands in the USA such as Lincoln Center Jazz Band, Herbie Hancock, Arturo Sandoval and others.
Band average age is 72 and members have played with many jazz legends of the 20th Century including Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Clifford Brown, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Peggy Lee, Louis Prima, Ben Webster, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk and others. As well as classical legends Yo Yo Ma, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuin, and others.
Barbone Street is the most popular Hot Jazz Band in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area.For more information about the band please visit our URL: http://www.barbonestreet.com http://www.myspace.com/barbonestreetjazzband