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The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band

"Played with guile, grace, humor and enthusiasm"          -  Hartford Courant
(more of the review below)

Founded in 1973 by King Oliver's trombonist/blues singer Clyde Berhardt and jazz aficionado Al Vollmer, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band has as its main concept to keep significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period working and not forgotten. The continued quality of this group has caused the band to be declared a National Treasure and one of the most authentic Swing Bands playing today. The band has performed at Lincoln Center in NYC, the Ordway Theater in Minnesota, countless Jazz Festivals, as well as main venues in Europe, including the American Embassy and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia.   
A documentary about the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band entitled "The Last Of the First" was recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and won an award for best documentary at the Newport International Film Festival in Rhode Island. 

To view a video clip please click here.

With vocalist Ruth Brisbane.

     The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band played with guile, grace, humor and enthusiasm. The eight-member ensemble wended its way through some of the signature songs in blues and jazz, including "St. Louis Blues" and "Take the 'A' Train".
Ruth Brisbane's singing showed that Hartford's Sophie Tucker was not the last of the "red hot mamas."
     They played two generous sets, serving each new song to the audience as if it were yet another delicious dish at a holiday feast.

Additional information about booking the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band
can be received by contacting Robert M. Gewald Management, Inc.

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