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Don Farwell

That’s what you can look forward to on Saturday, October 13, when the Independence Hall Jazz Band will hold forth at Rosensteel Hall. This great band played for us at the same venue 2? years ago, not long after PRJC member Doug Finke put it together, and it has quickly developed into one of the most in-demand bands in the land. That will come as no surprise if you were there in April 1999, and you won’t need any urging to attend this time. If you missed the first appearance, you won’t want to make the same mistake twice.

   The makeup of the band will be somewhat different from that of the earlier one, but the changes are eye-popping. On clarinet will be Dan Levinson. Dan, familiar to us as the leader of the Roof Garden Jass Band (which played here a few years back and will return next year), is one of the busiest musicians in the New York area. His festival appearances include many of the great ones-Sacramento, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, JVC, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial, Edinburgh, and on and on.

   The pianist will be Mark Shane, one of the country’s leading jazz pianists. He was featured at the 50th anniversary Benny Goodman concert in Carnegie Hall, has played on many radio and TV jazz specials, and has appeared at major jazz festivals worldwide.

   On banjo/guitar/ukulele will be Paul Scavarda, a world-class player in both jazz and classical settings. Paul is exceptionally talented, capable of laying down a solid foundation with the rhythm section and thrilling audiences with his speed and creativity on solo work.

   On drums will be Rob Garcia, the band’s regular drummer for several years. Rob also holds down the drum chair in Woody Allen’s band at the Carlisle Hotel in New York and has recorded with his own trio.

   Doug on trombone, Jon-Erik Kellso on cornet, and Pete Reichlin on tuba round out this wonderful band. All three are among the leading players on their respective instruments. Doug, whose jazz roots include the Salty Dogs, Bob Scobey’s Frisco Jazz Band, and Art Hodes, works with the likes of Kenny Davern, Butch Thompson, Jim Cullum, and Evan Christopher in addition to leading the IHJB. Jon-Erik Kellso is a member of the Roof Garden Jass Band as well as the IHJB and has been showered with plaudits by the critics during several European tours and performances at numerous festivals here and abroad. Pete Reichlin has toured with the Metropolitan Opera and currently plays trombone with The Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra and The Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One. He is recognized as one of the most creative and talented musicians in the Philadelphia area and provides a rock solid foundation for the band.

   So there you have it-a sure-fire recipe for an evening of great jazz. The band has a brand-new CD, “Crazy Rhythm,” which will be on sale at the concert; we’ve heard it, and we can give it an enthusiastic recommendation. For best seating come early to Rosensteel Hall, where the music will begin at 8 p.m. and continue till 11. Large dance floor, cash bar (with modest drink prices), free parking.

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