"Take my Wife, Please!" Henny Youngman with Eddie Ashman
Excerpt From 'What
Happened To Jazz'
"Ah, the jazz years were sweet, and
we had a
We partied all night and we hid from the sun.
We drank lots of booze, smoked grass by the ton,
Played games with the chicks and quite often won.
Life was a ball---playing music was fun.
I guess we did it all. It all seems to be done.
Be-bop to Hip-Hop in fifty short years.
You can't call that progress, not if you have ears."
Thanx, Jim Buchanan!
American Rock B&G Gig was a blast, so we have a bunch of Tuesday
nite gigs coming up monthly, first Tuesday of the month.
a great showcase for the band, and the venue has great food, plenty of
parking and good folks all around, having a great time. And we had a ball playing for them all!
Players Tuesday nite: Saxes: Neal Bonsanti, Randy Emerick, Dominic Cama, Noah Brandmark, Mike Brignola
Trumpets: Dennis Noday, Chaim Rubinov, Ryan Chapman, Jesus Matos, Scott Malamerson
Trombones: Mike Balogh, Jason Pyle, Tom Lacy, Lynn Welshman
Rhythm: Andy Chapman-drums, Rances Colon-Bass, Lucian Williams-guitar, Larry Karp-keyboard
And we should have a nice surprise in the sax section next month... ***
and Running... We''re starting at the American Rock Bar & Grill in
Deerfield Beach on Tuesday, September 6th, and then monthly on the
first Tuesday of the month.
Now we've gotta pack that place; it's gonna be a busy month. But it should be a ball! ***
05/20/2016 The Boca BlackBox gig was a ball and a half!!!! The band was burnin'!
Saxes: Dominic Cama, Manny Echazabal, Ross Goldman, Noah Brandmark, Mike Brignola.
Tpts: Jesus Matos, Ryan Chapman, Dennis Noday, Chaim Rubinoff, Scott Malamerson
Bones: Russell Freeland, Jason Pyle, Tom Lacy, Lynn Welschman
Rhythm: Andy Chapman - dr, Rances Colon - bass, Lucian Williams - gt, Larry Karp - kbd
More coming soon! ***
finishing up a bunch of new charts for the May 18th gig at the Boca
Black Box ; should be a fun night. If you're in the neighborhood, come
on by! See the contact info on the right side of this page.... ***
The Boca Black Box gig was a total groove; the band was 'on fire' and
the audience loved what they were hearing. Unfortunately the wet
weather on Wednesday was playing havoc with local travel, and even a
few tornado's were seen in the area; so the crowd that was there was
smaller than usual, but nevertheless, they had a ball!
And we'll do it again! Stay Tuned! ***
01/11/2016 Happy New Year, All!
off to swinging start, with a gig for the 'SuperBand" in Boca Raton on
January 27th. Come on up and help cheer us on! It's gonna be a ball.
and the Boca Black Box Arts Center is a great showcase spot for the new
band! Call 561-483-9036 for tickets and information. ***
Support Live Big-Band Jazz!!
sent me some YouTubes from the Coral Springs gig we did last year. Great track here from Wes Anthony on tenor sax, who
playes his 'butt' off on 'Chelsea Bridge'. Check it out.... ***
Support Live Big-Band Jazz!
06/03/2015 Got the above totally amazing and awesome picture from Jon Plante,
taken at a Maynard gig at the Colony Three in Nutley NJ in 1973.
The Lee Harris SoundMachine II was supposed to do alternate
Sundays with the major bands still on the road. The club had Maynard,
Kenton, Buddy Rich, and my band, and then went out of business. Too
bad...it was a pretty decent room to play in, and drew a nice crowd.
But the guys 'running' the place couldn't make it work... ***
02/13/2015 I added most of the second set from Maynard's 1958 gig in Allentown (till the tape broke...). You can find the only link right here. Enjoy it; Maynard's band was 'smokin' back in the day! ***
SUPPORT LIVE BIG-BAND JAZZ!
a true collector's item: Luckily I had my tape-recorder
Jazz Radio History: In 1966, "George Crater" did a late-nite
radio interview with Lennie Bruce. Some amazing
here. The only link for it is right here!
put the entire whole first half-hour set of Maynard's Allentown 1958
gig up on my private_stuff page. This is the only link for it, right
These are pretty large files, so please right-clik on them and just
download them to your own desktop.
An 18-Piece Jazz Orchestra in The Kenton Tradition!
Cove Shopping Center 1600 E Hillsboro Blvd Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Info and Reservations: (954) 428-4539
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 8:00 - 10:00pm
$10 Music Charge includes one drink! Kids get in free!
Plenty of free parking! ***** Jeannette Pina's Pictures from Sept. 6th Gig!
Dennis Wailing on 'Maria'! ***** About The 'SuperBand...." Dennis Noday and I created this orchestra to do
something just a little different than what has gone before, and this
new 18-piece jazz orchestra in the Kenton tradition is generating
some real excitement from the local jazz community.
players are the absolute top-drawer jazz talent in the South Florida
area, but what's truly unique about this orchestra is our library of original arrangements,
written by myself over the course of the past fifty years. There
are many original compositions, but there are also new arrangements of
some of the wonderful standards from the "Great American Songbook".
Unlike most other bands in
town, we play NO purchased commercially available big-band music. Make no mistake: this is a New Orchestra, with a New Sound!
musicians love the book, and audience reaction to the
music at the Black Box was marvelous! Dennis has also
contributed some music from his amazing tenures with the Stan Kenton
Maynard Ferguson bands, and he still has a large following in the South
Florida jazz community, having led his own big-band down here for
years. This creates a nice 'balance' of the 'new' with the 'old'!
The 'Dennis Noday & Lee Harris SuperBand'
is appearing at the American Rock Bar and Grill on Tuesday, October
4th, from 8:00 to 10:00pm, on a monthly basis. Come catch
this wonderful orchestra and let's make some 'history'! *****
Who would have
Out of 100 Million Websites listed at http://wwwranking.webdatacommons.org/
LeeHarrisMusic.Net was #38,312,416
Outstanding! Thanx, Y'all! We Almost Got Into The Top Third!
***** The Boca Gig Was a Ball! More pictues - Click above... ***** Boca Black Box Performing Arts Center The Dennis Noday & Lee Harris SuperBand *****
Arranged by Lee Harris (Solos:Mike Balogh, Billy Ross) *** Saxes: Noah Brandmark,Neal Bonsanti, Mike Brignola, Randy Emerick, Billy Ross Brass: Mike Balogh,John McKevitt, Charlie Gerundo,Tom Swayze, Dennis Noday, Ryan Chapman, Jack Wengrosky, Seth Merlin, Jason Pyle Rhythm: Gary Mayone, Andy Chapman, Luke Williams, Jeff Carswell *****
LIVE BIG-BAND JAZZ! and please help us: Support The Electronic Frontier Foundation! These ARE the Good Guys, who are trying to keep our government honest! *****
*** YouTube from the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts - 3/08/15 Thanx, Carlos! *** Check out Wes Anthony on: Chelsea Bridge Arranged by Lee Harris ***
Goldman, Marty Fried Alto Sax
Scott Ankron, Bob Vandivort Tenor Sax
Carlos Pinera Barisax, Leader
Mark Edwards, Tom Lacy, Jim McGongial, John McKevitt Trombones
Dennis Noday, Tony Pearsall, Tom Swayzee, Randy Stevens Trumpets
Gary Mayone Piano
Rances Colon Bass
Tom Mann Drums
Les Blachut Vibes
Terri Gonzalez Female singer
Mark Fernicola Male singer