Although the Cangelosi Cards have a well-earned and devoted following, I think that sometimes they have been hard to find for people who weren’t, as we say, in the know. This situation has just improved. Thanks to Eve of Avalon Jazz, I found this listing of the places the Cards play on a weekly basis. Being of an anxious disposition, I would still check with the respective clubs before saddling up for a Cards gig, but this is more information than we’ve been used to in the past.
And did I mention that the Cards are the closest thing to an unclassifiable melding of a hoedown, a jam session, a fiddle convention, a wondrous interstellar excursion, a mix of Minton’s 1941, the Quintette of the Hot Club of France, old-timey music seventy years ago, the Savoy Ballroom, ecstatic rituals and more? I did? Well, it bears saying again — especially since my musical sage and scout, Jim Balantic, whispered to me that Tamar Korn was trying out some Boswell Sisters repertoire with a small group. Short of the reincarnation of the entire 1938 Basie band, I can’t think of anything better.
Impatient readers will want to scroll to the bottom of the page, where the elegant homespun calligraphy will greet you. Others, more prudent, will find themselves attracted by all the information about Eli Smith’s Down Home Radio Show. Whichever type of information-gatherer you are, you’ll find this schedule invaluable:
9:30 PM – 1:00 AM
9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
9:30 PM – 12:30 AM
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Autumn Swing Dance
Friday, October 31st – Saturday, November 1st
Monroe Arts Center in Monroe, Wisconsin
For details go to autumnswing.com
“The Cangelosi Cards are one of the best bands I’ve seen anywhere. They have a great live show, perfect for dancing! I envy any one who has not yet seen them because you now have the chance to see them for the first time! They keep it strictly real, playing traditional New Orleans style jazz, but continue to see at as a living tradition- and as such bring in influences from outside the cannon, such as country, blues, and early popular music. The level of musicianship is brilliant, bring your dancing shoes.”
Eli Smith – Producer/Host Down Home Radio