Eli Newberger - Band Leader, Tuba, Keyboard
As co-founder of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band in 1970, he began on piano, switching to tuba in 1971, and over the subsequent 30 years made over 40 recordings and hundreds of concert and festival appearances across the U.S. and Europe. In March, 2007, with the Boston Classical Orchestra, and Mike Roylance, principal tuba of the Boston Symphony, he gave the premiere of Howard Frazin's concerto for 2 tubas and chamber orchestra. With Mike Roylance, he recently organized the Cupcake Philharmonic to perform the children's classic, "Tubby the Tuba," and similar works. Among his many musical acknowledgements, Dr. Newberger won the 1999 Mississippi Rag reader's poll for best traditional jazz tuba player, and twice previously, the Jazzology Magazine poll. He serves as a trustee of the Berklee College of Music, an overseer of the New England Conservatory of Music, and President Emeritus of Massachusetts Citizens for Children.
Randy Reinhardt - Cornet/Trumpet
Randy Reinhardt has been playing cornet and/or trumpet since he was nine. In 1976 Randy learned that the trombone position with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band was open and he taught himself that instrument and subsequently spent the next ten years with the Cullum group filling the trombone position and second cornet. Since returning to New York City in 1986, Randy has played with groups such as Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, as well as performing at Michael’s Pub, Lincoln Center and Dick Hyman’s Jazz in July at the 92nd St. “Y”. He has toured with Ed Polcer and with Warren Vache, Jr., as well as with Banu Gibson’s Hot Jazz.
Herb Gardner - Trombone and vocals
In his star performances of George Gershwin's more whimsical songs of romantic aspiration, Herb Gardner belts out both the words and trombone with saucy syncopations and subtle nuances. Building his distinguished musical pedigree after moving to New York in 1963, Herb Gardner began touring with Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood as well as becoming a regular at the Metropole, Jimmy Ryan's and Eddie Condon's nightclubs. During the '60's and 70's he appeared with virtually all of the classic jazz musicians in the New York City area such as Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa, Henry "Red" Allen, Bobby Hackett, Jimmy Rushing, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky and Wingy Manone. A versatile stalwart of the New York traditional jazz scene, both on trombone and on piano, Herb is admired both as a bandleader and sideman. He currently leads the Stan Rubin Big Band and Tigertown Five Dixieland band in New York City.
Jimmy Mazzy Banjo and Vocals
Beginning his career playing at various banjo clubs Jimmy has become one of the most sought after jazz band soloists and vocalists. He has been described as one of the most distinctive male singers around with his tender low voice. His soloing skills on banjo are just as impressive. Mazzy has performed extensively in the United States and worldwide regularly appearing at jazz festivals across the country including the Sacramento, San Diego, Essex, and several Connecticut festivals. He is a member of The Paramount Jazz Band as well as the Wolverine Jazz band and also freelances with other groups including the Yankee Rhythm Kings, the Magnolia Jazz Five, the Back Bay Ramblers. In 2002, he was voted the #1 Traditional Jazz banjoist, and #2 male singer in the Jazzology and Mississippi Rag readership polls. Mazzy has performed regularly with Jeff Hughes, John Clark, Stan McDonald, Ross Petot and many other Traditional Jazz musicians.
Ted Casher - Clarinet, Tenor Sax
Ted’s tenor sax has the full, rich, deep sound and rhythmic swagger of the great “Texas Tenors” Herschel Evans and Illinois Jacquet — a valued and unique attribute. This contrasts perfectly with his authoritative, limpid clarinet voice. He has played with the Harry James Orchestra, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray McKinley's All-Stars, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, John Denver, and The Rhode Island Philharmonic. Ted is very active as a free-lance musician and an educational clinician.