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The brand-new CD by Paul Cosentino’s Boilermaker Jazz Band, JIVE AT FIVE, is all the good things I’ve stated in my title. This is an experienced working band, so the solos are nimble, the ensembles expert. But hear for yourself:

Beautifully played, homage to Johnny Hodges and Lawrence Brown in their Sixties Victor phase (this CD has a strong Hodges leaning, something to be celebrated).

But the disc is distinguished by versatility and variety. You can see it in the list of performances: JIVE AT FIVE / TOO DARN HOT / TAFFY / ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE / S’POSIN’ / IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T MY BABY / WABASH BLUES / THE JEEP IS JUMPIN’ / ALWAYS / PYRAMID / WINGS AND THINGS / I LOVE YOU / MOON RAY / ROCK-A-BYE BASIE / EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE.

Erudite readers will have their own automatic associations, but permit me to note a few. There’s Cole Porter and Broadway friends (rendered forthrightly and graciously by vocalist Erin Keckan), 1939-40 Basie, a Berlin Classic, a nod to Louis Jordan, some Duke but not the formulaic (no SATIN DOLL, thank you), Artie Shaw, early Chicago jazz, and more. The band’s depth and diversity of repertoire is in itself impressive,

And did I say that the tempos are very pleasing? Excellent dance music:

and this:

To me, what sets the Boilermaker Jazz Band apart is a kind of stylistic flexibility. Some bands (happily) lean backwards, looking for a Swing Era authenticity, so they look to Bunny and TD, Benny, Artie, and Teddy: you can add your own names . . . and when they understand the masters they are venerating, the result is swell. In the groove. But the BJB embraces a slightly later aesthetic (although there is some post-Condon jamming here and there): I would say that the soloists have been listening to 1960 Basie — think Joe Newman, Al Grey — Ray Bryant and other heroes of that generation. With delightful effectiveness, I must add. And leader Cosentino is a chameleon: an Ed Hall cadence, a little 1954 Artie, or a Hodges vibrato: a man of many selves, all swinging.

I should name the people making these nice sounds: Paul Cosentino, leader, arranger, clarinet, tenor and alto saxophones; Jeff Bush, trombone, arranger; Tony DePaolis, string bass; Thomas Wendt, trumpet; Antonio Croes, piano; James Moore, trumpet; Erin Keckan, vocals.

You’ll like it.

Hear more, and purchase the music here (the band’s website) or here (Bandcamp). Or both.

May your happiness increase!


“You’ll never guess who.”

dawnlambethIt’s much too early for Santa, and it’s not Emily Brown from “Miss Brown to You,” but someone real — the wonderful singer Dawn Lambeth, making another rare visit to this coast.  Dawn and her husband Marc Caparone (a brilliant trumpeter) make their home in California, and work most often with their own Usonia Jazz Band or with the Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals.  So it’s a delight to have Dawn back again for a flying tri-state visit, singing with her friends, the Boilermaker Jazz Band.  Details below:

Wednesday April 22nd,  8 PM, Newark Museum Centennial
49 Washington St., Newark, New Jersey  

This is a dance party, celebrating the museum’s hendredth anniversary, so be ready to cut a rug. More info at www.newarkmuseum.org.

Friday April 24th, 9 PM, High Street Ballroom
310 East High St., Pottstown, Pennsylvania

8 pm: Dance Lesson.  9 PM:  Boilermaker Jazz Band plays for dancing!  This cozy ballroom is  just a short drive from Phiadelphia.  More info at www.swingkat.com.

Saturday April 25th, 8 PM, Wesleyan University
Beckham Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave., Middletown, Connecticut

7 PM: Dance Lesson.  8-11 PM, Boilermaker Jazz Band plays for dancing.  Their first time in the Hartford area- make them feel welcome!  More info at www.vinniesjumpandjive.com.

Sunday April 26th, 8 PM,  New York Swing Dance Society
St. Jean’s Church, 76th and Lexington, New York City

This is part of the Babble NYC weekend.  More info at www.nysds.org or www.nycbabble.com.

 If Dawn’s lovely singing is new to you, check out her CDs — MIDNIGHT BLUE and LET’S GET LOST.  She has a warm, comfortable way with a melody, delivering it lightly and conversationally in the manner of Maxine Sullivan, and she can improvise without thrusting herself into the limelight.  Even better, she knows what the lyrics mean.  Her recordings and live performances are happy evocations of the small-group swing records of the Thirties and Forties, and she sounds like herself — no tortured meowing in the style of Billie.  Don’t miss her!

(I heard a rumor that Dawn will pay a visit to Sofia’s Restaurant this Monday to hear Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.  Who knows what could happen?  We can only imagine. . . . . )


I know that it’s not an exact translation from the Latin axiom — but it sums up what Dawn Lambeth accomplished with the Boilermaker Jazz Band last night at an Upper West Side swing dance. 

For finicky viewers, I must offer a caveat (that’s an even better tidbit of Latin): the video in this post is imperfect.  There’s a good deal of noise from the dancers.  But I think that’s a delightful thing.  It did my heart good to see so many young people who wanted to swing.  Their bodies reflected the music in three dimensions, and I didn’t hear anyone say a word about Jazz Being Dead.  It isn’t and it wasn’t for them. 

Next time (when Dawn and the Boilermakers are in New York during the third week of April — mark it down!) Flip will try harder to get better videos.  But he was distracted by the dancers, and I couldn’t blame him.  Anyway, the Beloved was busy giving me a crash course in the basic Lindy Hop — slow slow quick quick.  I’m good on 1 and 2 although 3 and 4 tend to become a blur.  I do apologize to the three people whose toes I stepped on while going backward.  I hope I caused no permanent damage.  But I learned enough of the dance, to an uncritical eye, to get up on the floor several times at a medium tempo.  All credit goes to the Beloved: a far better dance instructor that the long-suffering woman I tried to learn from for ten Firday nights in a row.  If you’ve taken up another line of work because of me, Robin — something like munitions — I’m so sorry.      

My model in terpsichorean endeavors is one of my readers, a noble fellow named Ray Cerino, who’s a really fine dancer.  He’s also one of those generous people who believes in sharing pleasures, and it was at his birthday party in 2004 tha I met, face to face, Kevin Dorn, Jon-Erik Kellso, Mark Shane, Vince GIordano, and Dan Levinson.  What a band, and what a constellation of people to meet!  Thank you, Ray!   

But back to Dawn Lambeth.  To hear Dawn at her best, check out one of her CDs — details available at her website (www.usoniajazz.com); the same goes for the Boilermaker crew (www.boilermakerjazzband.com).

But here they are in person.  The song is one everyone associates with Billie Holiday, I’M GONNA LOCK MY HEART (AND THROW AWAY THE KEY).  But bless Dawn — she doesn’t try to be Lady Day.  Rather she approaches the song as a new text, on its own terms, and sings it for herself, which is what the great artists do.  Notice her unaffected, conversational delivery, her mellow voice, her easy glide over the rhythm. 

If you don’t know her work, you should . . . .



“Who do you think is coming to town?  You’ll never guess who!”

The wonderful singer Dawn Lambeth is sneaking away from her California haunts to make a one-night appearance in New York City tomorrow night — Saturday, February 7with the Boilermaker Jazz Band.  She and the band will be doing it in style on the Upper West Side.  Here are the details:

Saturday February 7th 2009
334 Amsterdam Ave by 76th Street
swingremix feb09

Swing Remix Extravaganza is Saturday February 7th 2009 at our brand new venue, the JCC on the Upper West Side at 334 Amsterdam Ave by 76th Street. Doors open at 7:30 general admission. Free beginner dance lesson at 7:45pm. Live band at 8:30pm, event ends at 1:00am.

Boilermaker Jazz Band

February 7th 2009 features the Boilermakers! who have joined us in the past with great Fan Fare! Band leader Paul Consentino will also be featuring singer Dawn Lambeth from California. She brings her lilting effervescent style to this authentic hot jazz, ragtime and swing ensemble. Read all about them here.

Dance Workshops
Swing Remix is featuring one fabulous workshop for Saturday February 7th with two fabulous instructors! Please note that we have a huge floor for these classes providing plenty of space for all attendees! Our special reduced price for online advanced sales is available only until NOON on Friday Feb 6th!

Workshop Schedule instructors: Maggie Moon and Paolo Pasta Lanna
6:15-7:30 LINDY HOP/SWING: Let’s get Crankin’ (Prereq: Swing/Lindy knowledge)

Workshop Pricing:
online: $16 Workshop, $28 workshop and dance combined. Available here for this reduced price thru Feb 2nd. Price may increase after that date.
at the Door: Drop ins: $20 workshop

Dance Pricing:
General Admission: $15 at Door, $13 in advance, $12 JCC members in advance. Doors open at 7:30 for general admission 7:45pm Free Beginner Lesson, 8:30pm Band begins.

DAWN LAMBETH might not be a household name to New Yorkers, but that’s something that can be fixed easily.  She is an engaging natural singer.  She doesn’t strain; she doesn’t overact.  She’s no clone.  She knows the changes (she’s also a swinging pianist).  Although she can romp along on something like “Let’s Misbehave” or make the parallel suggestion at a much slower tempo, “Let’s Get Lost,” I think her forte is what musicians used to call “rhythm ballads” — combining sweet sentiment with a medium-tempo swinging surge.  I’m so glad that she managed to sneak past the California authorities — who seem to have guarded her, kept her for themselves — to make this New York gig.  Dust off your Capezios, if you’ve got them, and join us!