Tom Dutart, Of Basin Street Regulars and Pismo Beach Jazz Jubilee, Murdered Outside Home.

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We are saddened to report that Thomas Dutart, a past President of the Basin Street Regulars/Central Coast Hot Jazz Society in Pismo Beach, and supporter of the Pismo Beach Jazz Jubilee By The Sea, was murdered on Tuesday evening, June 19th, outside of his home in a quiet Santa Maria California senior living community, he was 82.

The circumstances are still under investigation and police have no suspects in what appears to be a completely random attack.  Dutart was in the immediate vicinity of his home when he was stabbed at around 11:20pm. It is unclear whether it was he, or his wife Linda, who phoned the police, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have ruled out any domestic motive.

Dutart was originally from Stockton California and taught generations of students at the nearby Sequoia Elementary School in the Manteca Unified School District. A former student, Alvie Lindsay, commented on one of the many news reports about the tragedy saying:

Mr. Dutart was beloved in Manteca, where he taught generations of students. He was my 6th-grade teacher at Sequoia School. He was known for his good humor, compassion and his love of music, which he shared generously with the entire community.

Image result for thomas dutartDutart was always civic minded. After moving to Santa Maria in his retirement he became involved with the Old Orcutt OASIS Senior Center where he became music director of the Luis OASIS Ukulele Band.  The band, composed of up to 45 local seniors, got together for fun and to play out at events all over the area.

Dutart also served a year as president of the  Santa Maria Valley Senior Club. After stepping down from that position he continued to be an active fundraiser for the organization and wrote a “Toms’s Trivialities” column for their newsletter sharing many humorous anecdotes.

He also became of service to the traditional jazz community. He played both tuba and banjo at monthly meetings of the Basin Street Regulars, also known as the Central Coast Hot Jazz Society, of which he was a past president.  They are best known for hosting the Jubilee By The Sea.

Tom Dutart was planning to play at their June meeting on the 24th, held at the Pismo Beach Veteran’s Memorial Building. The meeting is expected to go on in his honor.

A Celebration of Life for Tom Dutart will be held on Sunday, August 5th, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Pismo Beach Veteran’s Memorial Building, 780 Bello Street, Pismo Beach, CA. They need to give an official count to the city prior to this event, so an RSVP is required. If you wish to attend, please contact LaDean Talcott via Messenger. 

(This story will be continually updated as more information becomes available.)

View a local nightly news report HERE

A neighbor from his Central Valley days shares his memories of Mr. Dutart HERE

We welcome any additional memories of Tom, especially relating to his background as a musician and work on behalf of the jazz community, for potential use in a remembrance in our August issue.



On Antique Radios: a Reader Replies

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“Static From My Attic” would make a great title for an antique radio blog, but, it is just a coincidence that this month Andy Senior mentioned a recent purchase of several 1920’s era battery radios in his column going by that name. An alert reader noticed a familiar model among the radios he listed and sent us a letter which began:

From Norton Bell, Palo Alto, California:

I was surprised to read in your column that you had a Pfanstiehl radio.
My father was the manager of the tiny company in North Chicago IL.
They had a few employees and made battery operated radios and a few with AC power supplies.
They couldn’t compete with the newer AC sets and went out of business about 1932.  My father lost his job and we had very hard times during the depression.
We had a Pfanstiehl radio in our living room I recall in about 1935.
Do you have a photo of your radio and any information about it??
Carl Pfanstiehl was an independent entrepreneur and was wealthy.
When the economy improved a little my father, Oscar Bell, went back with Carl & they operated a small business until about 1950.
In those days only a few completed high school. My mother used to say proudly “Your father is a high school graduate!”  Things have changed.

Upon receiving this letter Andy took some pictures of the radio in question.

Battery operated “Farm Radios” like these were popular in the 1920’s. Huge swathes of the country were yet to be electrified. They ran on two, and sometimes three, different voltages, requiring multiple batteries. In addition to this cabinet, containing the radio’s tuning mechanism, you would also need those batteries, an external antenna, and a separate speaker.
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Many of the earliest radios weren’t made with speakers in mind, they used headphones, it wasn’t yet the communal experience radio would become. The speakers they did have were essentially headphone drivers with acoustic amplification. In this video, which walks through the operation of another Pfanstiehl Model, you can see the base of one of these early speakers on the right. (Begins about 4:38) It looks like a cygnet style phonograph horn which is essentially all it is.

He went on to Provide us with a more personal history:

I was drafted into the Navy in 1944 a few days after I completed high school in Libertyville IL.
The GI Bill provided my education at the University of Illinois. I ended up at Hewlett Packard Company in Palo Alto CA and retired there in 1988.
I have played bass since 1938 in symphonies, dance bands & more.  For the last 20 years, I have played in a ragtime orchestra, Paul Price’s Society Orchestra.
We used to play at ragtime festivals all over but now play only in the SF Bay area.
We played at the Scott Joplin festival in Sedalia MO & the Sacramento Ragtime festival several times & more.
Norton Bell, Palo Alto CA

We found a story about Paul Price’s Society Orchestra. It was already well established, and with Bell on bass, in 1995.

Currently, they host a monthly dance where you are as likely to see the one-step or fox-trot as any lindy moves. It looks like good clean fun for anyone in the Bay Area.

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His Band Plays The Castle House Vintage Dance Every Third Sunday

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Here’s a Dance Blog About One Of The Castle House Events


And finally here’s some video of the band in action:

Norton Bell was kind enough to send us other youtube links, to the original recordings of the songs they played at their June show, and it is a great setlist, but he introduced them better than we ever could have, so here it goes:

Here are Youtube links for the tunes that we played Sunday afternoon, 6-17-18, at our monthly Tea Dance.
Go to a link, turn up your speakers AND dance!
Vintage Dance, 6-17-18
429 Say It While Dancing  (our opening theme)
454 Dirty Hands Dirty Face
70 Merry Widow Waltz
2817 Brazilian Dreams
7601 Liberty Bell March
2829 You Gave Me Your Heart
641 Me and the Man in the Moon
330 Beautiful Ohio
331 Hunkatin
481 Doo Wacka Doo
643 Waitin’ for Katy
492 It Had to Be You
460 You Can’t Make a Fool out of Me
618 When You’re with Somebody Else
445 Away Down East in Maine
2857 El Argentino
332 Texas Fox Trot
433 Some Sunny Day
501 Always
438 Chicago
2833 Rose of Brazil
451 Bonnie
405 Leave Me with a Smile
608 Highways are Happy Ways  (our closing theme)

Paul Price’s Society Orchestra (of Palo Alto, Calif.) brings the original vintage sounds of pop music from the early 20th Century alive for modern listeners and dancers. Timeless standards and long-forgotten gems are played with historical accuracy and verve and spirit.

Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation Launches Instrument Match Program

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Contact: Leslie Barger or Patti Jones
(916) 571-5533
June 15, 2018
Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation Launches Instrument Match Program
Instruments Available to Elementary to High School Students

Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation (SacJEF) has officially launched its Instrument Match program designed to put instruments into the hands of young students learning to play music, especially jazz. The Foundation accepts donated instruments, assumes any refurbishment costs, and then matches an instrument with an aspiring music student. Over the past year, the SacJEF has collected and refurbished numerous donated instruments, and is now ready to accept student applications. There is no cost to the student to apply for or receive an instrument. The student recipient will own the instrument for as long as they are using it. The instruments available vary, but are typically those you would find in traditional jazz bands, trumpets, clarinets, banjo’s, trombones etc. “We’ve received many fine instruments from former musicians who want their trumpet or clarinet to be used and enjoyed by the next generation.” says Leslie Barger, Chair of the program. “We also know that there are many young students who want to play music, but have no way to learn because they cannot rent or buy an instrument. The intention of our program to keep the music alive by filling this gap.”

To Donate an instrument:
• Visit and fill out the online form
• OR, contact Leslie Barger or Patti Jones through the SacJEF office, at 916-571-5533.
• The value of the donated instrument is tax deductible.

To Apply for an Instrument:
• Visit and fill out the online form
• OR, contact Leslie Barger or Patti Jones through the SacJEF office, at 916-571-5533.
• The student recipient will own the instrument, and will assume future instrument
• If the instrument is no longer in use, the Foundation requests that the student return
the instrument to SacJEF
• Instruments will be provided based on availability.

The mission of the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation is to preserve and promote early jazz music, by supporting the education of current and future generations in the performance of early jazz, and in the history and appreciation of America’s true original art form, and to work collaboratively with other local, regional and national jazz educational organizations to accomplish this mission.

For more information on the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation and all of its student education programs, visit

2019 Tucson Jazz Festival Line Up Announced

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The line up for the 2019 Tucson Jazz festival was announced on June 8th. Early Bird Tickets go on sale July 5th. Here’s what else you need to know:

From a Press Release:

The festival takes place January 11-21, 2019 in Downtown Tucson and will kick off on Friday, January 11 with 14-year-old phenom, pianist Joey Alexander plus the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, which has made the top three best high school bands for eight years in a row.The festival concludes on Monday, January 21 with the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK Day sponsored by Rio Nuevo, with local bands on multiple stages, both indoors and out.

The festival also features performances by Bobby McFerrin, Asleep at the Wheel, Trombone Shorty (by UAPresents) Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Special EXF with special guests Regina Carter and Eric Marienthal, a Tribute to Nelson Riddle, Kathleen Grace with Larry Goldings, an all-women double bill with the Magos Herrera Quartet and Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown, and others.

Two of the shows are sponsored by the Tucson Desert Song Festival: Mr. McFerrin and the all-women show.

Artists in order of appearance:

Friday, January 11
Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band
Joey Alexander
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Saturday, January 12
Goover Quartet
Special EXF with special guests Regina Carter and Eric Marienthal
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Sunday, January 13
Tribute to Nelson Riddle
2:00 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Monday, January 14
Kathleen Grace with Larry Goldings
7:30 p.m. Club Congress

Tuesday, January 15
UA Studio Jazz Ensemble with special guest TBD
7:30 p.m. Crowder Hall

Wednesday, January 16
All-Women Double Bill
Magos Herrera Quartet
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Thursday, January 17
Asleep at the Wheel
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Friday, January 18
Trombone Shorty
Presented by UAPresents
7:30 p.m. Centennial Hall

Saturday, January 19
Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. TCC Music Hall

Saturday, January 19
Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown
7:30 p.m. venue TBA

Sunday, January 20
Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
2:00 p.m. TCC Music Hall

Sunday, January 20
Bobby McFerrin
7:30 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre

Monday, January 21
Downtown Jazz Fiesta
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. various stages downtown

Tickets go on sale to donors in mid-June. If you’re not a donor yet, please make a donation of $25 or more byJune 20 and you’ll get on the list to get the secret codes for the ticket portals. Click here to make a donation

Tickets go on sale July 5 through the festival website –

This year we sold out seven out of our nine concerts and I felt it was a huge challenge to come up with a line-up that could match or top that record. But, I’m confident these shows will appeal to you, our audience, as much as this years’ shows.

Tickets go on sale to donors in mid-June. If you’re not a donor yet, please make a donation of $25 or more byJune 20 and you’ll get on the list to get the secret codes for the ticket portals. Click here to make a donation

In the meantime, go out and support live performances!

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Lorraine Gordon, Owner of Village Vanguard, Passes at Age 95

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Lorraine Gordon, 95, June 9th, of complications from a stroke. She helped to make jazz happen for over 70 years. In the 40’s she aided her first husband, Alfred Lion, in recording Jazz legends for Blue Note Records. Her work for the label became very hands on when soon after their marriage he was drafted into the war. She is credited with discovering Thelonious Monk and advocating for him to be recorded.

She went on to marry Max Gordon who owned the already legendary Village Vanguard. Under their stewardship the club became an iconic hub of jazz in New York City, made more famous by the many live albums recorded there. In 1989 she began to operate the Village Vanguard in the wake of her husbands death, closing for only one night.

She was known as a disciplined manager, involved with the daily rhythms of the club. It was in this role she became a fixture of the neighborhood and a quintessentially New York figure. She resisted many efforts to buy her out or even to franchise the club. She is thought to have made arrangements for her daughter Deborah to assume management responsibilities.

In 2006 she published the memoir Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life In and Out of Jazz Time which garnered her awards and accolades. Her lifetime of commitment to jazz was recognized in 2013 with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award.



Good News: Ken Peplowski Back on the Road

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After personal and physical setbacks veteran Clarinetist Ken Peplowski was forced to take a breather for much of the spring while his hand recovered from an injury. On a jazz cruise early this year he broke a knuckle on his pinkie while preventing a women from falling down some stairs. A pin was inserted and rehab of his hand was necessary. Confusion with insurance companies followed. Between the loss of work, and medical costs, a GoFundMe page was created to help him get through. 237 donors raised just over $23,000 in three months. We spread the word in our April issue.

The efforts of the jazz community seem to have paid off. Peplowski recently scheduled several summer events. He’ll be appearing at the Harrison County West Virginia Summer Jazz Weekend on Saturday, June 16. He’s also scheduled to appear at William Paterson University with Diego Figueiredo July 17th. More appearance are in the works.

With Diego Figueiredo

Ken Peplowski is considered one of the greatest living jazz clarinetists. He has appeared on hundreds of CD’s and released dozens of his own. He’s played with pop stars and jazz legends in styles from Dixieland to avant-garde. Particularly known for a swinging style reminiscent of the great band leaders of the 30’s and 40’s, in 1984 he was recruited to play with Benny Goodman in his revived orchestra. Though he has primarily played a soloist or supporting ensembles of various sizes he has recently directed his own big band and released a CD of swing favorites on Arbors Records.

Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars Heading to New York

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Since 2009 the Denver Jazz Club and a series of local businesses, currently Denver Percussion, have sponsored a group of young jazz musicians gathered from area middle and high schools. They call themselves The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars. Some of the most talented young people in the area go through a vigorous audition and interview process for a chance to join the group which has traveled to Italy and Switzerland and played festivals all over the country. They also play regularly around Colorado and have made multi-date tours of New Orleans and New York City. This July they are returning to New York for a number of performances at exciting venues including a night with Vince Giordano.

07/08/18 – 07/12/18 New York, NY New York City – Various Venues United States
Sun, July 8 (5-7:30pm) Swing 46 Jazz Club (349 W. 46th St, NY); Mon, July 9 (10-11am) Central Park (Near 59th St. and Ave. of the Americas), (7-9pm) Barbes Club (376 9th St, Brooklyn) w/Brain Cloud; Tues, July 10 (7-11pm) Iguana NYC (240 W. 54th St, NY) w/Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks; Wed, July 11 (2:30-4pm) The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (12th Ave and W. 46th St, NY); and Thurs, July 12 (2-3pm) Louis Armstrong Home Museum (34-56 107th St, Queens), and (5-7:30pm) Swing 46 Jazz Club (349 W. 46th St, NY)
On Tour In 2015

Many young people have passed through the group in the last nine years, each having had the opportunity to play with excellent traditional jazz musicians. The band plays the breaks during the appearance of professional acts at monthly club meetings. Between those sessions and their tours they have played or been featured with Bob Draga, Eddie Erickson, Duke Heitger, Dan Levinson, Kris Tokarski, Randy Sandke, Jim Fryer, Bria Skonberg, Eddie Metz, Jr., Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners, the 101st Colorado Army Dixieland Band, the Summit Hot Seven, the Big Mama Sue Quartet, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Your Fathers Mustache Band, the Treme Brass Band, the Crescent Katz, Bob Schulz and the Frisco Jazz Band, the Au Brothers Jazz Band, the Blue Street Jazz Band, the Queen City Jazz Band, Kristy Reed’s Valley Finest, Bill Dendle, Cell Block 7, Clint Baker’s Hot Five, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. These are the formative experiences that convince young people to stick with the music for a lifetime.

Music in the Park
Montreux Jazz Festival 2015

The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars are directed by retired public school music educator Dr. Ed Cannava, who previously led Arapahoe High School’s award-winning Dry Creek Dixie Dawgs. His dedication to promoting the band has led to sponsorships from jazz organizations all over Colorado. Traditional Jazz bands across the state rightly recognize these young artists as their future. Their website is simple but impressively maintained with regular updates on the band and their activities. They’ve also produced a number of CD’s they sell as fundraisers.

We asked Dr. Cannava to offer advice to other jazz societies hoping to recreate the success they’ve had in Colorado. His reply was concise, if perhaps a tall order:

The support of our local Denver Jazz Club, professional bands (both locally and nationally), and professional jazz musicians willing to provide clinics and private lessons, is invaluable to the success of our youth band. My advice to other jazz societies is to find an experienced, successful school jazz band director, willing to devote a significant amount of time to running a youth band, and support it by providing financial resources and opportunities for performances at their monthly jazz club sessions.

sac5acrossMembers of the DJC Youth All-Stars largely pay there own way for travel and other expenses. To the extent these costs can be offset the barriers for families wishing to involve their children in music on a serious level will be lowered. (Donate Here) Finding qualified and dedicated volunteers is always a challenge, but where the time and resources can be channeled into real experience for the next generation the dividends can be huge. Many of the top traditional jazz musicians under 50 had an association with a local club as they were coming of age. These networked players act as a resource for other musicians. If only a handful of young people sponsored by clubs become professionals, or even lifetime hobbyists, then the torch has been successfully past.

Meet The Band

DirectorDirector, Denver Jazz Club / Director of Bands, Regis University

A retired public school music educator, Ed was the 22 year Director of Arapahoe High School’s three time Downbeat award-winning Dry Creek Dixie Dawgs. He is currently Regis University’s Director of Bands. You can read “The Doc’s” full resume on his website.

Charles Gamble

Tenor SaxEast HS

Charles, a junior at East High School, joined the DJC Youth All-Stars in May 2017. He has been playing the saxophone for 5 years, and has studied privately the entire time. Charles performs in the East HS Bands and recently was selected to perform in CCJA’s Jazz in the Sangres

Antonio Giovanetti

PianoBear Creek HS

Antonio, a sophomore, joined the DJC Youth All-Stars in May, 2017. He started playing violin at 5, switched to drums in 5th grade, and just recently added the keyboard to his musical repertoire. Antonio studies piano with Hank Troy, and plays percussion in the BCHS Jazz Band, Concert Band, Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. He has received the “Outstanding Musicianship” award at the Mile High Jazz Festival on drum set. Antonio plans to pursue Jazz Studies when he graduates from high school.

BassChatfield HS

Ben is a junior at Chatfield High School. He started playing piano in kindergarten and switched to upright bass in 4th grade. He’s taken private lessons in bass for nearly the whole time. He plays bass in Chatfield’s concert and jazz bands, and the baritone in marching band.  He is frequently performing in various small ensembles throughout our community, from bluegrass to Handel. Ben currently studies with Ron Bland.

Clarinet / VocalsDenver Public Schools Online HS

Ellington, a senior, joined the All-Stars in May, 2015. He started playing clarinet in the 4th grade, in a Douglas County school band, led by Joe Anderies. That same year Ellington enrolled in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, which he continues to participate in to the present day. In middle school, Ellington was accepted into the Denver School of the Arts as a band major. He has played the clarinet for nine years, and the tenor saxophone for four years. Ellington studies with Chuck Schneider.

BanjoBear Creek HS

Steve, a sophomore at Bear Creek High School, joined the All-Stars in April 2017. He has recently picked up the plectrum banjo, after playing and studying privately on drum set (6 years), and guitar (3 years). Steve is a percussion section leader in the Bear Creek HS Marching Band, and also plays in the school’s concert and jazz bands. He has played in other outside groups, and has been studying plectrum banjo with Rory Thomas.

DrumsCentaurus HS

Benji,, a senior at Centaurus High School, joined the band in April 2017. A drummer for 7 years, he has been active in Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts groups, including Jazz in the Sangres, through which he has performed at the Vail Jazz festival twice. He also has participated in his high school jazz band, marching band, and winter percussion group, as well as the pit orchestra for the school musicals. Benji studies with Chris Beers and BK Khan, and plans on going to college for jazz performance.

Trumpet/VocalsThornton HS

Kiyah, a junior at Thornton High School, participates in Thornton High School’s marching band, jazz band and wind ensemble. During the summer, she attends the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz camp held at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Kiyah is a Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps (TYYC) volunteer. For the past three years, she has been selected to participate in the Adams 12 Five Star Honor Band. Kiyah aspires to become a music educator in the K12 public school system.

TromboneKennedy HS

Benj is a senior at Kennedy High School. He is in his third year of playing the trombone, and 7th year on the baritone horn. Benj plays in the Kennedy HS Band Program, and is considering majoring in computer science or music next year.