A fond look back…
The fundraiser was in 1979 at a neighbor’s house (“Obie” Obermeyer) who had been a Yalie pal of George H.W. Bush. The un-hatted cohort on the right is Harry Gustafson – one of my earliest long-time supporters & a great friend.
Three great teachers (Top to Bottom): Roy Smeck, Jim Harkins, and Sy Shaffer
Jeff Barnhart (here in 2005), is a flying-fingered phenomenon of the piano & star of the jazz festival circuit. This dynamo of the Titan Hot 7 also performs solo and plays beautiful duets with his lovely wife Anne as “Ivory & Gold”
You may also have heard of this banjo player…Bela Fleck. All kidding aside, he and his bandmates should be given a special award for groundbreaking and extraordinary musicality beyond the reach of mere mortals. (photo: Liza Coppolla)
Here I am with a band which played for a Hillary Clinton fundraising event in 2007. Showing little political bias, working musicians tend to gravitate to the Green Party – the party offering more “green”.
(L toR): Larry Pearlstein, Bob Hovey, Ron Hammond, Lurking Banjo Player, Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Matt Koza, Frank Hansen
Bill’s a great tuba player – played in Guy Lombardo’s band straight out of college.
There is some cosmic balance in the world – after years of playing at banjo conventions where hundreds of banjos are accompanied by only a couple of tubas, I get to be the only banjo player in front of a stage with hundreds of tubas!!
(L to R) Eric Anderson, Jimmy Mazzy, me, John Klumpp
Not a photo, but myself & Lin Shoemaker as drawn by legendary two-fisted artist Bob Nilson.
In concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Fork, Bridgehampton
That’s it for now…I’ll continue to add more as I get time.