Barbone Street's 6 musicians paid their dues a half century ago with some of the finest jazz players of the 20th century. The band formed 15 years ago and has a uniquely different style of New Orleans Jazz. One that features improvisation, a link to the blues based bands of Kansas City and an appreciation for Chicago and New York stylistic additions.
The result? Well, as Sydney Arzt, owner of one of the top jazz nightclubs in the USA said after a recent performance there: "It is simply amazing how your music crosses all age groups. It is clearly a demonstration of the respect for the music and the musicians in Barbone Street. You have done a great thing.
And with over 200 gigs last year, perhaps we have. Here are the bios of the boys in the band.
The Legendary Barbone Street Jazz Band
Clarinet : Steve Barbone - 52 years playing jazz with legends Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Yank Lawson, Walter Bishop Jr., Gene Schroeder, Roswell Rudd, Sidney Bechet, Thelonious Monk, Bob Haggart, Pee Wee Erwin, Miff Mole, et al, in New York, Philadelphia and European Jazz Clubs including, Nick’s, Condon’s, Cinderella Club, Melody Lounge, Stuyvesant Casino, Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus, Le Cave, JazKeller, Vieux Colunbier etc.
Trombone : Glenn Dodson - 56 years playing jazz and classical with everyone from Yo Yo Ma to Pete Fountain. 3 years first trombone US Marine Band in Washington DC, 9 years first trombone New Orleans Symphony, years Chicago Symphony, 28 years principal trombone, Philadelphia Symphony. A graduate and teacher at Curtis Institute of Music, his students include the current principal Trombonists of New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphonies.
Trumpet : Paul Grant - 41 years playing jazz. Retired US Army bandsman who toured the Far East, Europe and the USA with the Army Jazz Band as their jazz trumpet soloist. Played jazz at The Showboat, Caesar’s, Trump Castle and other casinos in Atlantic City after retirement. Jazz trumpet soloist with several, Philadelphia area big bands. Trumpet lead, actor and assistant music director in the stage play, "Louis Armstrong Story" in Philadelphia & New York City.
Bass: Ace Tesone - 56 years playing jazz. A legend himself performing from the late 1940’s on with many 20th century jazz legends including; Lester Young, Ben Webster, Kai Winding, J.J. Johnson, Charlie Ventura, Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Billie Holiday, Muggsy Spanier, Barrett Deems and others. Recorded with Mel Torme, Clifford Brown, Richie Powell, as well as with Chubby Checker on the famous "Twist" record and with Philadelphia "Society" bands.
Drums : Joe Mongillo - 44 years playing jazz. Started as a rock and roll drummer before discovering the joy of jazz. Then became a big band drummer with the 18 piece Rhythm Doctors in Wilmington. Joined Paul Grant in the Atlantic City Casinos working in various small jazz bands there, as well as in Wilmington. Has been with Barbone Street since the beginning having played our first gig in 1988.
Guitar: Sonny Troy - 46 years playing jazz. Well known on the Philadelphia jazz scene. Made his first record at age 11 with Frankie Avalon who played trumpet back then. Went to Las Vegas as a teenager, playing there with Louis Prima. Joined Peggy Lee for a yearlong tour of the West Coast. Came back east to become lead guitar on the Mike Douglas TV show. Bobby Rydell’s and Frankie Avalon’s first call guitarist for local gigs.