So, we are in our fiftieth year. Yahoo! We now qualify as old timers.
We had a full slate of appearances planned to celebrate. Whoopie!
Hmmm. not so fast, the world tells us. Time to hunker down, socially distance yourself and wear a mask for the good of all of us. Yes, definitely. We will gladly do these things for the good of all.
Thus far, except for a terrific performance for ‘Jazz in the Garden’ at the Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw, Michigan, USA, we’ve been not so quietly fidgeting — from an appropriately social distance, of course — and itching to get back on tour.
In the meantime, we decided to cement our legacy by comparing our arrangements of the tuneswith those of other jazz masters. How is that for confidence?
The results of our research are at www.newref.com/legacy. We believe you will enjoy these tracks by us and other historic classic jazz masters as much as we did.
“I’m Coming, Virginia” as we play it compared with Benny Goodman’s rendition (go to Episode Seven at www.newref.com/legacy)
“Our version of “Buddy Boldon’s Blues” versus one by Jelly Roll Morton (Listen to Episode Twelve at www.newref.com/legacy)
There are fourteen comparisons thus far. Many — okay, some— of our fans tell us we are incomparable. And we appreciate their comments and support over this half a century. Listen here and hear for yourself if the compliment is deserved.
“Dave, Thank you so much. The NRB concert at Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw was superb, as usual. And thank you for the CD. It completes my NRB ‘collection.’ Watching you folks on stage having as much fun playing as we have listening reminds us why yours is the ‘Happiest Music on Earth!’ — Tris
Folks, yes, we’re bragging a bit posting this. But when people come up after our to have us autograph a CD, we hear comments such as this often. Since 1970, we assure you they still put a bounce in our step.
CAST OF ALL-STARS AT ANDERSEN
Trumpet, Dave Tatrow, Otisville
Trombone, Terry Kimura, Howell MI
Clarinet, Dave Bennett, Waterford
Tuba, Paul Keen, Rockford
Banjo/Guitar, Dave Kadwell, Grand Rapids
Drums, Rick Bryant
Piano, Dave Oppermann, Saginaw
If you were there but didn’t have enough room in your trunk for all of our CDs and DVDs, you can still acquire them. Feel free to order online HERE, and we’ll ship them right out. (note: we offer a flat fee of $3 for shipping, no matter how many your order at one time.) Only at NRB.
Friday, March 1
Saginaw On Stage Music Festival featuring the New Reformation Band
Major Fundraiser for Local Charities
Produced by the Rotary Club of Saginaw
3 Stages, 12+ Headliner Bands,
and Singer-Songwriters Acoustic Stage
NRB Performance is 6:00pm – 7:00pm in West Ballroom
Apple Mountain Resort
4519 N. River Road, Freeland MI
Advance Tickets: $25
Brown Paper Tickets
Buy in person at these locations:
Herter Music Center (901 Washington Ave, Bay City)
Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale (2940 Midland Rd, Saginaw and 1607 E. Patrick, Midland)
Saginaw Medical Federal Credit Union (4550 State St, Saginaw and 1430 N. Michigan Ave, Saginaw)
Westside Decorating (5789 State St, Saginaw)
Tickets get you access to all three stages and 25+ musical artists.
At the Door Ticket Price: $30
full access to all three stages
Veteran and Student Price: $15 (Valid ID Required)
Veterans and students may purchase tickets online or at the door for a discounted rate.
An optional buffet dinner is available for an additional fee in both main stage rooms.
A cash bar is also available.
NRB CAST OF CHARACTERS
Trumpet, Dave Tatrow, Otisville MI
Trombone: Keith DeWitt, Flushing, MI
Clarinet: Dave Bennett, Waterford, MI
Tuba: Paul Keen, Rockford MI
Banjo/Guitar: Dave Kadwell, Grand Rapids MI
Drums: John Hill IV, Swartz Creek
Piano: Dave Oppermann, Saginaw MI
NRB CDs & DVDs — on sale. Credit cards accepted
Information: 989.776.9425 (24 hour Festival Hotline); or www.SaginawOnStage.com
Buffet Dinner Available for Purchase. Served 5:30pm t0 8:00 pm
Wednesday, July 17
Concert in the Rose Garden
7:00pm – 8:30pm (one intermission)
Andersen Enrichment Center
120 Ezra Rust Drive
No charge; outside; bring chairs or blankets
Dave Tatrow, longtime frontman of NRB, recently was recently honored with the Sonny Award for 2018, a national recognition for his active support of trad jazz and the students keeping it alive and vibrant.
“The “Sonny” award by Suncoast Jazz Classic, is named after Sonny LaRosa, who worked tirelessly to keep jazz alive through musical training and performance. For three decades, Sonny LaRosa’s “World’s Youngest Jazz Band” inspired and entertained young and old, on local and international stages. Many students continued their training through college and are now respected artists in their own right. They enhance Sonny’s legacy by training the next generation of jazz musicians.
Congrats, Dave, from all your bandmates.
Suncoast Jazz Classic, Inc., is dedicated to preserving jazz (the only true American art form) through an annual festival and events, providing opportunities for aspiring young musicians, and giving back in the form of financial assistance to young musicians, bands and schools.
An uplifting spiritual journey of music and vocals, featuring Claudia Schmidt
Featuring the infamous Lithuanian set.
Irreverence at its most irreverent.
Brian D’Arcy James, Dave Oppermann, founder and leader of the New Reformation Jazz Band (NRB), and videographer Ricardo Verdoni, at the Matrix Midland Kickoff Party 201 7.
Brian is a Saginaw, Michigan USA native, as is the New Reformation Band. All of these gentlemen have a passion for great music and showstopping performances. Brian is reprising his role as King James in the Broadway blockbuster, “Hamilton.” Here is a link to a feature article on Brian in this month’s “GQ Magazine.”
While we’re at it, here is a link to a video featuring Brian and Harry Connick, Jr. playing weird Broadway show tunes:
Euan Morton Will Be the Next King George III in Hamilton
We came across a video that highlights the ‘back story’ of how the best photograph in classic jazz history was conceived and created. Shot in 1958, the image features most of the best jazz performers of the era. Eve Perry, a Facebook friend of our marketing person, reposted it. Thank you, Eve.
- udiscovermusic.com posted the original article from which we gleaned this information (Link to its site is below)
- Art Kane took the photo
- Jean Bach, a radio producer of New York, recounted the story behind it in her 1994 documentary film, ‘A Great Day in Harlem’
- The film was nominated in 1995 for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature
- the NRB is NOT in the photo so no need to search for us
- Invest 9 minutes and 55 seconds. Priceless. (You’ll have to watch on youtube.)
- Check below for your reward, a priceless track by NRB. (we like the longer word versus just saying it’s ‘free.’)
YOUR BEST REWARD
A priceless link to some of the happiest music on earth by the NRB: