Paul Cosentino’s Boilermaker Jazz Band • Jive at Five

Most of the pro jazz musicians I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing have majored in music at college. This seems like a smart move: if you’re going to make your living playing jazz, then dedicating a few years to perfecting that art makes sense—right? Still, not all of these musicians get to enjoy full-time music careers spanning four decades, in which they release more than a dozen albums while headlining countless festivals, galas and dances. And while many aspire to playing venues like Lincoln Center, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel or the Smithsonian—or events like the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, International Lindy Hop Championships or Edinburgh International Festival—few can boast of having played all six. It is, as per Paul Cosentino’s 2011 record, Nice Work If You Can Get It—and he still can, thirty-five years after first founding his Boilermaker Jazz Band. The bandleader majored in business with a minor in music, which might help explain how he has spun his talent for both clarinet and sax into a jazz-making career which shows no sign of slowing down, well into its fourth decade. Jive at Five is his veteran outfit’s latest offering, treating listeners to another sixteen tracks from their unparalleled repertoire, with inputs from reed masters like Johnny Hodges and Artie Shaw as well as favorite composers including Duke Ellington and Count Basie. As m
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Dave Doyle is a swing dancer, dance teacher, and journalist based in Gloucestershire, England. Write him at [email protected]. Find him on Twitter @DaveDoyleComms.

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