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For Maynard Fans:
A rare, never commercially recorded version of Maynard's

'Broadway Bit'

This is a great Willie Maiden Arrangement -
Recorded at the Embasy Club, Allentown P.A. on 1/24/58 by me.

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Family Tree (some new pictures)







The High-School Years: 

The Starlighters and the Savoy Six

A Summer in Europe:

The Brunotes - 1958

The Grand Hotel:

Summer of '61

Grossingers...

('62-'70)

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The Joe Gaines Band - Update - Joseph DeGatana - R.I.P. 2/24/2012

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The Pines Hotel Midnight Band

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Big-Band Arrangements

All have MP3 audio, from live performance or from the Sibelius files.

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Big-Band Library Available!

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AMEN!

"Fortunately, I live in the United States of America, where we are gradually coming to understand that nothing we do is ever our fault, especially if it is really stupid."

Dave Barry

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Musical Terms That You Have to know!

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How To Play Saxophone!

From Lee Nittel...Enjoy!

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Translation Guide to A Recording Session!

From Jim Buchanan - Enjoy!

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What Happened to Jazz?

Unknown Author...
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Some Funny Stuff...

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The Doctor Visit

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"Take my Wife, Please!"

Henny Youngman
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Eddie Ashman

Excerpt From 'What Happened To Jazz'
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"Ah, the jazz years were sweet, and we had a good run.
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.
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Be-bop to Hip-Hop in fifty short years.
You can't call that progress, not if you have ears."

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Definitely Hip!
Thanx, Jim Buchanan!
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09/10/2016
The 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.

It's 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...
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07/19/2016
Off 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!
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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!
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04/17/2016
Just 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....
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01/29/2016
Wow: 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!
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01/11/2016
Happy New Year, All!

It's 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.
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09/02/2015
Carlos 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....
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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...
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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!
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Here's a true collector's item:  Luckily I had my tape-recorder running.  Jazz Radio History: In 1966, "George Crater" did a late-nite NY radio interview with Lennie Bruce.  Some amazing stuff in here. The only link for it is right here!


07/11/2014
I 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 here!

These are pretty large files, so please right-clik on them and just download them to your own desktop.

Enjoy - It's a smokin' half hour set!
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Welcome To The 'REAL'
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Maynard - 1973 @ Colony Three - Nutley, N.J.

Thanx Jon Plante!  - This Is Totally Awesome!

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Welcome to the Home Of:

The Dennis Noday & Lee Harris SuperBand!

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!
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Jeannette Pina's Pictures from Sept. 6th Gig!

Dennis Wailing on 'Maria'!
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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.

The 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!

The 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 and 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'!
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The Boca Gig Was a Ball!


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Boca Black Box Performing Arts Center
The Dennis Noday & Lee Harris SuperBand
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Our First Reheasal...
Here's a Couple of Nice Trax..
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Meaning of the Blues/Round Midnight
Walk Softly

Arranged by Lee Harris
(Solos:Mike Balogh, Billy Ross)
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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
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YouTube from the
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Thanx, Carlos!
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Check out Wes Anthony on:
Chelsea Bridge
Arranged by Lee Harris
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YouTubes From the LFO Big-Band
Summer 2014 Recording Sessions


Dennis Noday Orchestra:
A Swinging Sunday at O'Hara's


Trax from Osburn's Concert Hall -
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Grossinger's Show Band (1962-1970)

Rear: Chuck SanFilipo, Abe Cooper, Steve Kupferschmid, Trigs Morgan, Roy Markowitz

Front: Milt Werner, Lee Brody, Fred Nittel, Eddie Ashman, Danny Riccardi

(Thanx, Steve!)

(Not Shown: David Heimer)

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"Those Were the Days, My Friend..."
and the VERY BEST of Times!

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Lee Harris SoundMachine II (1972-78)

A 'ball While it Lasted...

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Brunotes in Europe (Summer 1958)


Three Months of Groovin'

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Pines Hotel Midnite Band (Summer 1963)

This was a Smokin' Band...

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The Savoy Six (1954-57)

The High-School Years were a Ball!

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The Dennis Noday Orchestra

Dennis

Click on Dennis for 'Maria.mp3'

Arranged by Don Sebesky

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Dennis Noday Orchestra:

A Swinging Sunday at O'Hara's

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SetList & Personnel from Dennis's

12/21/10 Boca Concert

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50 Years of Goodies:

Miscellaneous Rehearsal & Concert Tracks

Stuff From:

Adams Tavern Mystery Band

Joe Gaines 1963 & 1965 Bands

Grossingers Summer 1968 Rehearsal Band

O.D.O. 1965  Studio Demo Session

Pines Hotel 1963 Midnite Rehearsal Band 

The Hip Pocket - Summer 1968 

SoundMachine 1972 Media Studio Demo Sesson 

Lee Harris Osburn's Hollywood FL 1989 Concert 

Nick Augustine 'Pumpkin Man' 1978 Session 

Assorted other tracks.

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Carlos Pinera's 

"Last Flight Out" Big Band

YouTube Videos!

Recorded Summer 2013

"Us and Them"

Arranged by Lee Harris

Featuring Scott Klarman on Soprano Sax

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"Ghost of a Chance"

Featuring Les Blachut on Vibes

Arranged by Lee Harris

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"After You've Gone, Finally"

Featuring Scott Klarman, Soprano Sax,

Scott Ankron, Tenor Sax,

and the Sax Section.

Arranged by Lee Harris

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Here's the LFO Big Band on

 WLRN 91.3 FM - 02/12/10

"South Florida Arts Beat"

Birdland- Arr. by Lee Harris

All of Me- Arr. by Lee Harris

Band Personnel:

Ross 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

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The Vegas East Big Band

Live At Whippany Park High School - July 14, 1982
The WNEW Theme...
Thanx, Jon Plante
Monmouth County Library Gig - 11/21/81
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Lee Harris New Millennium Big Band - 2000

Alligator Alley, June 11, 2000
18 Guys playing their asses off for a handful of dancers...

(more pictures below...)

Make A Joyful Noise!

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Sign of the Times?

"No Jazz" by Leith O'Malley

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2003 Leith O'Malley
Used by Permission - Thanx Leith!

Leith's Stuff is Very Cool - Check Out His WebSite
(click on either of the pictures....)

"PianoMan" by Leith O'Malley

2014 Leith O'Malley
Used by Permission - Thanx Leith!

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Some Highlights:

Yours Truly conducting the Mike Vax 'Kenton Alumni Band'
at Bayonne NJ - 4/26/01 for Dennis Noday.

Click for full-size view!


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Pictures by James J. Lazarus


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Odds and Ends...

@Alligator Alley - 2000

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This is my buddy Charlie! He was very cool!

After I started getting sick a few years ago, 

I gave him to a 'bird lady' who still loves him a lot!

Most Grossingers bandstand or celebrity photos were taken by:

Ted Howard, Liberty, N.Y.

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All the rest were taken by me.

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Most of the music on this site was Arranged by 

"Lee Harris"

All Lee's Original Compositions are for sale


Lee's Arrangements (c)1999-2016 by Lee Harris

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