Born and raised in Natick, John Clark began playing professionally in the Boston area as a substitute with
various dixieland and big bands, including the Dixieland Strutters, the
Legacy Jazz Band, Commonwealth Jazz, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band and the
Paramount Jazz Band of Boston, with which he toured England and Wales in
June, 1995. Clark also regularly appears with Lucinda Ellert's Happy Feet
Dance Orchestra, Dave Whitney and His Orchestra and Robin Verdier's Monte
Carlo Jazz Band. He performs with the Mood Elevators
and can be heard on their CDs as well. He has also played and recorded with Ross Tucker's Hot
Cat Jazz Band of Connecticut and with the Back Bay Ramblers, appearing at
numeous Jazz festivals in Canada and the U.S. with each.
Jeff Hughes (dubbed "Mr. Melody" by Ray Smith) has made a name for himself as a Bix-styled cornet player in the
Boston area with the Paramount Jazz Band of Boston, New Yankee
Rhythm Kings and numerous other groups. By day, he is a mild-mannered marine
biologist, but by night he is the leader of both the
Brahmin Bellhops and Lost In The Sauce, and is also a disciple of
Tom Boates has been active on the Connecticut jazz scene for a number
of years and has toured extensively with both the Hot Cat and Hot Jam
bands. As a career school teacher and band director, Tom is uniquely
qualified to deal with the rest of us. Tom's playing, singing
and arranging talents are all invaluable to the Wolverine Jazz Band.
Ross Petot is a familiar presence on the ragtime festival circuit, but
here shows that as a band pianist he has few equals. In addition to
working with the Wolverines, Ross also plays regularly with Stan
Horizon Jazz Band and records with the Back Bay Ramblers.
To fans of traditional jazz, Jimmy Mazzy needs no introduction.
Suffice it to say that he has been a central part of the jazz scene
in New England for many years and his presence in the Wolverine Jazz
Band has been a key part of our success. Jimmy plays regularly at the
Colonial Inn (Concord) and Angelica's restaurant (Middleton) and
travels extensively with Eli Newberger,
Butch Thompson and the Paramount Jazz Band of Boston.
Rick, the co-founder of the Commonwealth Jazz Quartet, has been lending
his talents to Jazz groups in the area since the 1960s. Prized for his
faultless rhythm and harmonic sense, Rick also brings
to the band a wealth of experience both as player and leader.
Dave Didriksen, another Chicago native, also plays with the Happy
Feet Dance Orchestra and is considered one of the most versatile
drummers playing in the hot dance style. While he is an expert on the
he never sacrifices swing.
Henry has played and recorded extensively in both the U.S. and England
(as part of Richard Sudhalter's Anglo-American Alliance). Currently
leading his Swing Legacy, Henry is also active as a piano soloist. As a
solo pianist, Henry purveys a unique mix of stride piano classics, Duke
Ellington compositions, tasteful pop songs and show tunes from 1920-1950 rendered
in the musical style of Fats Waller (hence the name "Thins").
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