JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars
This high level group of pros is dedicated to the playing of Chicago Swing/New Orleans style Dixieland Jazz in a highly entertaining, musical, and spirited fashion! Led by the flamboyant, virtuoso trumpeter, JB SCOTT, a former leader of the world famous New Orleans group, the "Dukes of Dixieland," the group also features 5-time DownBeat Magazine Award winning vocalist LISA KELLY (Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2013 "Hall of Fame" Inductee), well-known for her rich, smooth tone and swinging delivery of lyric, and the unique story telling vocal styling of versatile banjo/guitarist KEN CALHOUN. Rounding out the ‘allstar’ cast are respected musicians DAVE STEINMEYER, legendary trombonist formally with the renowned Glenn Miller created Air Force big band, the "Airmen of Note," popular clarinetist JIM SNYDER, also a former "Dukes of Dixieland" group member, bassist RICK RAVELO, who swings as hard as they come, and drummers ERIC MASON or STEVE SALO, both excellently grooving interpreters of jazz. JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars has a broad, versatile repertoire that includes tributes to the classics from the 1920’s & 1930’s to well-penned original songs; from the style of Louis Armstrong’s Allstars, Dixieland, Hot Jazz, Chicago Style, and even a bit of Big Band Swing, with influences that include Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry, Ruby Braff, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lee Wiley, Peggy Lee, Eddie Condon, Trummy Young, and Kenny Davern. To quote Bill Harding, a long-time fan and follower of the group, “A real wealth of experienced, creative musicianship in one fantastically entertaining group!”
JB SCOTT: Philadelphia, PA - Three years as the leader of the Dukes Of Dixieland brought JB international travels and exposure on tv, and a number of CDs and videos. JB worked consistently for several theme parks in Orlando, with Latin groups in Miami, on several world tours with the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, and other high profile music groups. He earned his BA degree in Jazz Studies at UNF, his MS degree in Music Ed at FIU, and is now an Assoc. Prof. of Jazz Studies at UNF, teaching trumpet, a jazz history course and directing the award winning UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 big band at the University of North Florida. He has co-released five successful CD's and is a popular YAMAHA trumpet artist clinician and adjudicator. Profiled in the international book, "The New Face of Jazz."
LISA KELLY: Wilmington, NC – Has been a featured vocalist with the Larry Elgart Orchestra, the St. Johns River City Band the UNF JE I big band and others, earning her BM degree in Jazz Studies at UNF. She was a 5-time DownBeat Magazine Award winner and the vocalist with the 2000 IAJE Sisters In Jazz Combo. Her performances have included numerous concert venues and festivals in Europe and the U.S, the Kennedy Center, tv and radio. Lisa has released a solo CD, By Request, and co-released four CDs, "Memories of Tomorrow," "Live at Simons," "Keepin' Out Of Mischief," "Just Swingin'!" and the 2013 release, "Renditions.. the Summer Sessions" with trumpeter JB Scott. She has taught voice & music theory courses at middle school and high school of the arts, at the collegiate level, and travels performing and presenting jazz clinics masterclasses. Lisa was a 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival "Hall of Fame" inductee and profiled in the 2010 internationally acclaimed book, "The New Face of Jazz."
KEN CALHOUN: Philadelphia, PA - One of the foremost guitar/banjo players in the country, Ken earned his BA degree in Music Ed at FAU. During his 25+ year professional career, he has performed with the likes Pavarotti, Howard Keel, The Riverboat Kings, the Beal St. Bandwagon, the St. Johns River City Band, and others. Ken is featured on several recordings and is a much sought after private instructor.
DAVE STEINMEYER: Born in Jacksonville, Florida - Dave joined the United States Air force in 1961, serving as the director of the world renowned “Airmen of Note” Air Force Band, retiring in 1989. After retiring, he appeared in the movie, “A Few Good Men” as a marine musician. Dave has played with every major musical artist from the 60’ to the present, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Lena Horne, and Henri Mancini, to name only a few. He has been featured on over 100 recordings, is an artist/clinician with Con-Selmer, and travels the world as a highly regarded artist/clinician for music festivals, concert series and with notable music programs such as the University of North Florida, North Texas University, and others. Dave is an adjunct professor of trombone at the Univ. of North Fla.
JIM SNYDER: Muncie, IN - A former member of the Dukes of Dixieland, Jim has performed with Al Hirt, the Bellamy Bros, the Mickey Fin Show, Conrad Jones, and others. He has played throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe and Canada and for major venues including Rosie O’Gradys, Woody Riley’s Warehouse, and at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Jim has been featured on numerous recordings and is a much sought after clarinetist for his musicianship and very entertaining stage presence. Jim is a YAMAHA artist/clinician.
ERIC MASON: Jacksonville, FL - A graduate of the Jamaica School of Music and the UNF jazz program, Eric was a founding member of the award winning River City Rhythm Kings. He is versed in many styles of drumming, including jazz (trad, Dixieland, big band, swing, straight-ahead), rock, reggae, funk, and r & b, and has made numerous tv, radio and festival appearances.
RICK RAVELO: Dominican Republic - A much in demand bassist, Rick has been featured on numerous bandstands and recordings, including a Marcus Printup CD on the Blue Note label. Earning his BM degree in Jazz Studies at UNF and his MS in Music Ed at FSU, he has taught bass and other music related courses at the secondary to collegiate levels and privately.
STEVE SALO: From Massachusetts, Steve has been a resident of Florida for over 40 years. He holds an associate of arts degree from Broward Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University. Steve has led a dual career as a music educator and a performing musician. His versatility has led him to many musical genres. Steve has played with such artists as Kaye Starr, Julius LaRosa, Shecky Green, Ferrante and Teicher, Boots Randolph, Carmen Cavallero, Billy Maxted, Bob Crosby, Eddie Fischer, Amy Grant, Jerry Vale and many others. He has toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra as well as performing with the Jimmy Dorsey, Art Mooney, Guy Lombardo and Marshall Grant orchestras. Other genres utilizing Steve’s musicianship are Boca Symphonic Pops, the Florida Sunshine Pops and the Klezmer Company Orchestra. He is currently the drummer with the Mike Carney Orchestra and the Jimmy Cavallo Quartet.