January was a bit of a blur. The first half of the month was spent recovering from the holidays and preparing for a Renaissance Brass music recital with THE CASTLE BRASS, which was comprised of (L to R) June Satton, tenor sackbut; John Cather, cornetto, natural trumpets, alto sackbut; Jerry Wheeler, vocals, alto & tenor sackbuts; Ty Rust, tenor/bass sackbut; and Frankie Farrell, drums (not pictured).The recital was well attended and successfully executed.
The Americus Brass Band's brand new recording of the music by Lieutenant James Reese Europe's 369th Infantry ("Hellfighters") Band, commemorating they're history changing recordings from a century ago, is in the can and it sounds really good. I played trombone on all the tracks and recorded vocals for two of the three songs on the album (How’ya Gonna Keep’em Down on the Farm and On Patrol in No-Man’s Land). It should be commercially available by the 100th anniversary of the untimely death of Lieutenant Europe.
. . . are back to weekly rehearsals in preparation of our 25th Anniversary Year as a band and performing at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire. We are also about to release details of a really cool St. Patrick's Day Show in March as well as mongo boffo BOGFEST XXV news (SAVE THE DATE - April 12th).
And remember, we are cranking out new songs & recordings at a furious pace these days, so please check out our PATREON website doohickey on a regular basis, so you don't miss any of our new releases. And, join us at Faire every weekend day, April 6-May 19. HUZZAH!
. . . in the month of January with the legendary CHERRYWILLOW JAZZ BAND at the wonderfully comfy and relaxed CURLEY'S CAFÉ in SIGNAL HILL in LONG BEACH in CALIFORNIA in the good ol' U.S. of A. We were also honored to be the featured band at the January meeting of the New Orleans Jazz Club of Southern California (NOJCSC) at the dated yet appropriate Tailgate Room at the Westminster Bowl in freeway convenient Westminster, California. Anyway, I'm pretty sure, I'll play with them again real soon. Hopefully in February. Rest assured that I will probably not update this website with the pertinent information in anywhere near enough time for you to rely on checking here to ensure your attendance. Facebook is a slightly more reliable source of inadvertant information.
Still working on the mystery hammered dulcimer piece and it is coming along slowly but surely. I sure wish it weren't so extracurricular 'cause that means it gets put on the back burner much more often than it very truly deserves. I will surely keep y'all apprised of me progress.
From 2012 through 2014,
I had the great opportunity to be a member
of the house band on the Eric Andre Show.
I was a founding member of the Traditional Jazz (Dixieland) band THE DIXIEDELICS from its inception in 1990 until I left the band at the end of 2012. Martha Catlin replaced me when I left and that has always made me happy. (Her husband Tim and I are members of the AMERICUS BRASS BAND and he was the 'DELICS's drummer for a number of years before I quit to try my hand at contra dance producing.)
Even though the following clip has three subs (clarinet, banjo, piano), it is still a fine example of the band's playing and it features me singing a song I love to sing. I hope you like it . . .
Steve Kraus, cornet; Jerry Wheeler, trombone & vocals; Gary Gould, reeds;
Bob Aul, tuba; Doug Mattocks, banjo; Larry Wright, piano; Tim Catlin, drums
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