Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee goes out with a Bang

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Report From Tom Bartlett, who has played Trombone with The Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band for 50 years as well as the Yerba Buena Stompers. He can be seen on the far right of these videos.

Before fading memory erases these special events…

Although, last week’s Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee in Fox Lake, Wisconsin was announced as the last one ,  it provided some stellar music.   Bob Schulz’s  5 piece “Frisco Lite” ….augmented with floating All-Star trumpeter, Duke Heitger had it’s special moments, along with Steve Lilly’s St. Louis Stompers and Jack’s Jubilee Big Band…et al. Bunny’s daughter had kept the festival going for years and later Julie Flemming was the energy behind it’s success until declining attendance and reduced sponsorship took its toll.  Earlier in the Spring, a similar fate befell the Capital City Jazz Festival in Madison, which had been firmly directed for many years by Linda Marty Schmitz.  Now Phil Pospychala’s annual Tribute to Bix in Racine in March remains Wisconsin’s only trad jazz festival.

Here’s a video of the last song played at the festival

Photos:  Bob Schulz at Bunny Berigan’s gravesite.  Top: Bob Schulz’s “Frisco Lite” with Kim Cusack, clr., Bob Schulz, cnt, Duke Heitger, guest tpt,. Tom Bartlett, tbn, Mike Walbridge, tba, Scott Anthony, bjo.

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