Roaring 20s Jazz at Indian Hill

Roaring 20s Jazz at Indian Hill

IH Faculty Jazz Quintet will perform previously unpublished tunes by legendary “wild cats” Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang:


Jason Anick, violin | Eric Baldwin, guitar | John Clark, sax & clarinet | Jamie Dunphy, guitar & vocals | Justin Meyer, bass 

36 King Street, Littleton MA

Supported by the Marjorie Besas Memorial Fund

Step back in time this Sunday as Indian Hill’s Faculty Jazz Quintet captures the boisterous spirit of the roaring 20s with tunes made famous by jazz legends Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. “You won’t likely hear this music performed live anywhere else!” says IH faculty guitarist and guitar historian Jamie Dunphy. “It is, to date, unpublished, and transcribed from recordings of Venuti and Lang.”

Some background:

venutilangJoe Venuti (1903-1978) was the first great jazz violinist. Eddie Lang (1902-1933) was a guitarist, banjoist, violinist and composer, considered by many to be the “father of jazz guitar.” The two met in 1913 while attending school in Philadelphia and they began playing professionally together shortly after. Through most of the 1920’s, Venuti and Lang co-led a group called the Blue Four that included bass saxophonist Adrian Rollini and a rotating cast of some of the most influential players of the time. The Blue Four were really the first “chamber jazz” group, featuring intricate compositions and colorful arrangements. The sides they recorded for the Okeh label were milestone jazz records and the primary influence on Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

Hear Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang performing “Wild Cat (1927).”

About the performers:

Jason Anick (violin) started classical violin lessons at age six. He was 11 when he met Stephane Grappelli and 12 when he fiddled for President and Mrs. Clinton when they showed up at a fiddle showcase on Martha’s Vineyard. In addition to recording and touring, Jason maintains a busy schedule performing with John Jorgenson, Rhythm Future Quartet, and the New Hot Club of America. He is also one of the youngest faculty members at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches jazz violin and mandolin.

Eric Baldwin (guitar) has been performing in the greater Boston area since graduating from the New England Conservatory in 1997. He has worked with many of New England’s top jazz musicians and jazz groups such as the Blue Horizon Jazz Band and the Jem Jazz Trio. Aside from performing, Eric enjoys teaching guitar and ensembles at Indian Hill Music School.

John Clark (sax & clarinet) began playing professionally in the Boston area as a substitute with various Dixieland and big bands, including the Dixieland Strutters, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and the Paramount Jazz Band of Boston. He 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 has also played and recorded with Ross Tucker’s Hot Cat Jazz Band of Connecticut and with the Back Bay Ramblers.

Jamie Dunphy (guitar & vocals) has been an active Boston-area performer and teacher for the last fifteen years. He holds a Master’s Degree in guitar performance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has studied improvisation with Charlie Banacos and Renaissance lute with Olav Chris Henriksen and Douglas Freundlich. Jamie has performed nationally with the original jazz group, Mill City Trio, and continues to perform on lute and guitar in duo settings with soprano Jill Noddin and guitarist Greg Passler. Most recently, he has been exploring various aspects of historical performance and guitar history. In addition to chairing the guitar and jazz departments and teaching at Indian Hill Music School, he teaches guitar and guitar ensembles at the Groton School and Belmont Hill School.

Justin Meyer (bass) earned a Master’s Degree from the Longy School of Music, where he studied with Charlie Banacos. He attended Berklee College of Music, and also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition to leading his own bands, Justin performs throughout New England in a wide variety of musical settings. He has played and/or recorded with Orchestra of Indian Hill, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, David Amram, Gerry Beaudoin, Toni Lynn Washington, Chris Trapper, Greg Hopkins, Jerry Bergonzi, and many others. Justin is also on the faculty of Brookline Music School, Indian Hill Music School, and Lawrence Academy.

One Comment

  1. Jim Staley January 8, 2015 at 3:31 am - Reply

    The clip of the original artists was great, especially for the era. I assume it was digitally remastered to reduce surface noise of the original recording.

    It would be nice to hear the IH group, so we could ‘hear’ what we can expect.

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