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Dick Bell

On February 26 and 27 the New Traditional Jazz Band played at the Ice House Cafe in Herndon. My reservation placed me at a table close to the band Saturday night. This amazing group composed of class musicians draws its players from distant areas-Maine, Tennessee, Maryland indicate the complexity of fielding a unit with continuity. The stress level of making scheduled gigs must be very high. Yet, a tighter, well organized, highly professional band with a vast book of well-rehearsed tunes entertains jazz fans and off the street listeners with a high degree of success. The band has neither a drum nor trombone but the sound is solid with rhythm by co-leader Chris Harris, banjo-guitar, and co-leader Jack Moser on baritone sax and reeds. A very special treat was Gary Gregg on clarinet and soprano sax. The patterns he weaves are truly exciting. David Jellema’s lead on cornet is meaningful to anyone who loves Bix. A supportive tuba (the wonderful tuba of Giff Blaylock) and good piano (the equally exceptional Mark Kotishion-Ed.) filled this band’s make up. A variety of instrument changes made for interesting groups to interpret tunes of the ’20’s and ’30s. If you want to enjoy an evening of excellent food, drinks and a different sound of jazz, hit the Ice House when the NTJB is there.

   (And, lucky festival goers, the NTJB is hitting the trad festival circuit. Watch for future announcements of where they are playing-Ed.).
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