THE WILLIAMS REUNION JAZZ BAND
opens Duxbury Bay for a new 2009 season at the deepwater basin, at
Snug Harbor in Duxbury, Massachusetts
with New Orleans Traditional Jazz
Animated by the music, boys jump and romp to
the Williams Reunion Jazz Band
Opening of Duxbury Bay Celebration May 23rd was energized by
Williams Reunion Jazz Band playing some excellent, authentic
Traditional Jazz for two hours at Duxbury's
next to DBMS,
The Duxbury Bay Maritime School, 457 Washington Street, Duxbury, MA.
The band consisted of Williams Alumni Fred Clifford '58,
tuba; Bob Kingsbury '58, clarinet; John Halsey '59,
piano; Tom Hayne '59, drums. Permanent Guest Stars
John Bucher, Amherst '52, cornet; Jimmy Mazzy, Bates '63,
banjo/vocals, and Tom Boates, UMass '77, trombone. The
band played with great feeling, and engaging, spirited, solos and
ensembles. Some of these band
members have played jazz together for over 50 years!
It was a lively Saturday afternoon, with hot dogs, cotton candy, face
painting and balloons, tables of antiques and crafts. The pier
was filled with many harbor visitors, local families, members of the Duxbury High School Sailing Team,
and high school baseball and basketball players.
The band kicked off with Alabama Jubilee, in honor of the tall ship,
Alabama Black Dog, anchored at the pier and open for inspection.
Every year, a new tall ship is available for
boarding and exploring. This year it was the Alabama Black
How to keep boys together - tie them up with
Fred Clifford tuba, John Halsey,
piano, and Tom Hayne, drums, provided the authentic Trad Jazz
The band continued
with Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Smile, Jimmy's unique,
vocals on Sleepy Time Down South, Song of the Wanderer,
Louisi-an-I-a, Found a New Baby. Especially exciting was Weary Blues, which
isn't a Blues at all; people couldn't help tapping their feet, and
kids were jumping/dancing like banshees.
A miniature tug boat that elicited memories of
Popeye The Sailor Man's
gave families rides in
There were many more boats still in dry dock.
Williams Reunion Jazz Band
Jazz Band FLYER:
The Williams Reunion Jazz Band was born on New
England college campuses in the 1950's when Dixieland was alive and
well and "runnin' wild". Seven musicians of that era have
survived - together - and now thrive, playing the music they have
cherished - the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats
Waller, Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagie Carmichael. The music of
the 20's and 30's. The music of Classic American Jazz.
The WRJB name goes back to 1983 when, at a formal jazz concert in
Williams College Chapin Hall, the seven first played together.
Through the years, their reputation in Williamstown has blossomed
into a year 'round schedule of performances at private parties,
country clubs, weddings, church masses, jazz festivals, jazz
cruises, and special events across the USA. In June of 1993,
they performed on stage with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall.
Their first CD, JUST OUR BEST, was released in 1997, followed by
JUST OUR BEST II and THE MASTERS OF TRADITIONAL JAZZ in 2000.
In November of 2000 and again in September of 2007, the WRJB was the
featured band on Delta Queen jazz cruises on the Mississippi
Their fourth CD, MISSISSIPPI MEMORIES, released in 2002, evokes
those trips. THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS, a double CD,
followed in 2005. And their latest, KICKIN' UP OUR HEELS @ 50
showcases the group's current raucously polished sound.
FAVORITE FIVE, have played together for more than 50 years.
Bob Kingsbury '58, clarinet and Tom Hayne '59, drummer, both retired
businessmen are COO and CFO of the WRJB. Fred Clifford '58,
tuba, the original leader of PHINNEYS, is still very active in
Williams Alumni affairs.
John Halsey, '59, piano, is a full time pro and music teacher in
New York. Back when Condon's and Ryan's were alive, John was a
regular playing with the grand old names of jazz. He now keeps
active at jazz spots like Arthur's Tavern and the Cajun.
John Bucher, cornet, is the musical heart of the WRJB with a huge
reputation and following in New York. John led the Woody Allen
Band at Michael's Pub for over 25 years and was called by John D.
Wilson of the NY Times, the finest cornet in the Northeast.
John also leads the SPEAKEASY JAZZ BABIES who did the sound track
for Woody Allen's 1973 movie "SLEEPER".
Jimmy Mazzy, banjo and vocals, is the musical soul of the band.
His unique banjo styling and earthy, profoundly individual voice
have been featured on NPR's Prairie Home Companion at jazz festivals
around the world and on many recording venues. He tours
regularly with Butch Thompson. In 1995, Jim was voted the #1
banjo player in the country by JAZZOLOGY Magazine; and #1 again by
the MISSISSIPPI RAG in 1999. Jim is a full time musician
living in Holliston MA.
Jim Wheaton, the WRJB's founding valve trombonist, passed away in
June 2005. His seat is now honored by a brilliant,
younger trombonist, New Haven's Tom Boates. Tom is well known
to classic jazz fans through his fine festival work with the
WOLVERINES and other hot New England jazz bands. By day, he
teaches high school music in Connecticut.
To hear the WILLIAMS REUNION JAZZ BAND play their brand of happy
music is to believe that American Jazz is alive and well - and all
is right with the world.
For information CD's or bookings, call 413-458-9113 or
203-656-1664. Email email@example.com
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Updated May 24, 2009