The Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band is a staple of the Detroit music scene. They are the “Official Band” of the Detroit Tigers, and are in constant demand for live performances. This version of the group boasts Yamaha performing artist Ron Kischuk on the trombone, the legendary Marcus Belgrave on trumpet and New Orleans native Charlie Gabriel on clarinet and tenor saxophone. The rhythm section is superb, comprised of recording artist Marion Hayden from Straight Ahead on the bass, Chuck Shermetaro on piano and Alex Trajano on drums. This is a very entertaining spin on many old tunes that might not otherwise attract you. Fresh arrangements and solid ensemble playing mark this as a must have traditional jazz CD.
Washington & Lee Swing: This tune, with its marching-band influences, made a perfect opening number for the Greenfield Village Parade. The parade winds through the Village each say ending at Town Hall with a rousing celebration.
You're Driving Me Crazy: An important theme in the Village is transportation and in the daily parade visitors can see everything from oxen to horses, from bicycles to antique cars and trucks driving down the streets. When we took a ride in the car that put the world on wheels, Henry Ford's famous Model T, we couldn't help but think of this tune.
Over The Waves: In the last hundred years, people have gone from being bound to the surface of the earth, to flying across it thousands of feet in the airand, indeed, going all the way to the moon. All that got started by two brothers in their home and bycicle shop that you can visit in Greenfield Village. We thought this was a great song to honor the men who did what was for so long impossible, proved that people could fly - Orville & Wilbur Wright.
I've Been Working On The Railroad: You can't miss riding on the train at the village. As the steam locomotives wind around the park on their trip through time, their chugs and whistles sing out with their own kind of music. We couldn't help thinking of this old favorite as we rode behind the Edison locomotive and heard her blow at the crossings. We gave it our own style and we think Casey Jones and Elijah McCoy would swing right along with it in the railroad yard.
Daisy Bell: We heard this favorite of the 1890s in Greenfield Village's new show Simply Vaudeville and we joined forces with the cast and made it part of the daily parade. It would sure be nice if the antique bike riders had bicycles built for two so we could hitch a ride around the Village. Of course, we have horses to pull our band wagon, so we can't complain.
Old Folks At Home: A new gallery of American musical instruments, Sounds of America, opened while we were at the Village, and of course we had to check it out. It was in the old Stephen Foster memorial house and got us thinking of that master songwriter. This tune also provides the name of the steamboat we took a spin on, the paddlewheel Suwanee.
Limehouse Blues: Another song we thought of while watching the vaudeville show, Simply Vaudeville - this song was popular at the end of the vaudeville era.
Bourbon Street Parade: This is one of the favorites of traditional band musicians and fans alike, and we've done it in a very traditional way right down to the fanfare for trumpet and trombone. We always make sure this true parade tune is a part of the Greenfield Village Parade.
Battle Hymn of The Republic: At Greenfield Village the summer begins with Civil War Remembrance and near the end is Celebration of Emancipation. This song that began as Julia Ward Wowe's poem in Atlantic Monthly in 1862, always makes us think of the price of freedom in America.
Lazy River: As we linger in the shade ofone of the Village's kind old trees in the noonday sun and hear the sound of the Suwanee's paddlewheels pushing the water behind her, this Hoagy Carmichael tune from 1930 jumps to mind. It has that feel of a lazy summer day in the quiet parts of the Village like Firestone Farm.
There's A Tavern In The Town: We love to head over to Eagle Tavern from Clinton, Michigan which now sits on the edge of the Village Green. You truly get a taste of history when eating there as they follow recipes from the 1850s when the Tavern was a stagecoach stop. There's certainly a tavern in the in America's Hometown.
When The Saints Go Marching In: The daily parade always ends with this great New Orleans marching number, and so we thought we'd end this CD here too. We had a great summer being "citizens" of Greenfield Village and those tunes will always make us remember our adventures there.