June 29, 2001

JAZZ IN JULY SERIES CONTINUES AT MAIN LIBRARY WITH BUFFALO RIDGE JAZZ BAND JULY 13

The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, a group of seasoned performers in the tradition of our country's early and original art form, will perform traditional jazz in the second of a series of Jazz in July programs at the Main Library, 800 Vine Street, on Friday, July 13, 7:00 p.m.

Featuring a repertoire spiced with tunes not often heard, the band features selections from the 1920s, �30s, and �40s, all uniquely arranged, with many performed as vocals by several members. The band features several Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music-trained musicians, as well as some "old timers" who worked with some of the greats in the traditional revival of the late �40s and �50s.

The band features six members:

Bob Adams (leader, banjo, vocals), a veteran showman and jazz band interlocutor with a wealth of experience as director or featured solo act with such groups as the Early Times Show Band, the Ragtimers (on Bourbon Street in New Orleans,) the Pearly Band and Banjo Kings at Disney World, and Your Father's Mustache Show Band. He traveled extensively with the latter group, appearing in clubs and college concerts as well as radio and television on such shows as the Tonight Show, Ed Sullivan, and with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. Bob has been a featured act with a long list of top-drawer performers such as Danny Thomas, Bill Cosby, Loretta Lynn, Max Morath and the (original) Dukes of Dixieland. In recent years Bob has settled in the Cincinnati area, performed extensively and created both the Blue Chip and it's successor, the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band.

�Sally Lukasik (trumpet) performed for ten years with the Denver-based Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra. She graduated from her hometown Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and performed as an "extra" with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra before moving to Denver, where she met her husband, clarinetist Joe Lukasik. She has appeared at the Sacramento, San Diego, Central City, Palm Springs, Telluride and Arizona Classic jazz festivals. Back from Denver, Sally is an elementary school music teacher in the Cincinnati area.

Joe Lukasik (clarinet) is well known as a master clarinetist, and began playing professionally in and around New York at the age of 13, and by the time he moved to Denver in the late '60s, he had become not only a seasoned performer, but also an arranger and recording artist. He has been heard at many jazz festivals, including the Los Angeles Classic, San Diego, Sacramento, Coos Bay, Central City, Palm Springs, Arizona Classic and Lake Havisu, either with his own groups or as a member of such popular festival aggregations as the South Market Street Band, George Probert's Monrovia Band, the Dixie Hasslers, the 20th Century Jazz Band and most recently with the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band. Husband of Sally, Joe now lives in Cincinnati and his clarinet wizardry is in great demand locally, regionally and nationally.

Phil Stikeleather (tuba) is another classically trained musician who enthusiastically embraces the traditional jazz idiom, having graduated from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He comes by his enormous talent quite honestly, as his mother was a professional string bass player, notably with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony. Over the years, Phil has worked with a number of Cincinnati and "Little Chicago" area jazz bands, and was a charter member of Monty Tabbert's Queen City Jazz Band, along with Frank Powers. Phil's lyrical playing and tuba artistry adds subtle depth to the BRJB.

Gus Ross (drums) was born in New Orleans and immigrated to Cincinnati in 1956. He claims that 12 years of his petulant youth were spent on French Horn, but his College-Conservatory of Music matriculation revealed to him the way to his true rhythmic foundations. A nurseryman by day, Gus transforms into a swinging two-beat percussionist when the sun goes down or a jazz band materializes within earshot, laying down a beat that can't be ignored either by the band or innocent spectators. His influences go back to Baby Dodds, Joe Morello, Chauncey Morehouse and Gene Krupa. With extensive show experience, he has been theater pit drummer backing the likes of Phyllis Diller, Gordon McRae and many others, and has recently recorded with Terry Waldo. Gus keeps a busy schedule as a popular freelance musician throughout the tri-state region.

Bob Butters (trombone) was smitten by Dorsey and Teagarden early on, and he won the Tommy Dorsey trophy in "Look" Magazine's 1946 swing band contest in Carnegie Hall. At MIT his Dinner Music Society of Upper Beacon Street played college functions and Boston's Savoy Cafe. As a de facto Savoy house band member along with Harvard student Walt Gifford, Bob backed Wild Bill Davison, Henry "Red" Allen, Max Kaminsky, Omer Simeon and others. Bob moved to Ohio in 1951, where he worked with Carl Halen's Gin Bottle 7, Eddie Bayard's Bourbon Street 5 (on and off the Delta Queen), Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators, and Gene Mayl's Dixieland Rhythm Kings, recording with the first three groups. In recent years, Bob has subbed with Dave Greer�s Classic Jazz Stompers and the Blue Chip Jazz Band band before assuming the trombone chair with the BRJB. Bob also finds time to serve as president of the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society in his hometown Columbus.

Remaining concerts in the series include:

        Latin Jazz: Latin Exposure on July 20

        Hip-hop Jazz Fusion: The Mike Wade Group on July 27

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Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired.� Please call

369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.

 

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