Bethel Arts Third Thursday's Jazz at La Zingara
Howie Bujese: A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, Howie first became interested in the violin in the late 60s. When watching a PBS special he heard American Traditional fiddling for the first time. Over the years Howie studied and learned the traditional fiddling styles of the Southern Appalachians, Ireland, and Scotland and his curiosity eventually led him to Gypsy Jazz. Having no formal training he learned by way of the aural tradition, listening, watching and playing. Howie performs internationally and has played with a broad range of artists including Jonathan Edwards, David Amram and Noel Redding. Along with Swing du Jour, Howie and his wife Pam Bujese are members of Cool Struttin, a quartet playing the Great American Songbook, and also for over thirty years with the NYC area acoustic swing band Out to Lunch.
Larry Urbon: Connecticut guitarist Larry Urbon specializes in European sounds, notably jazz manouche, or gypsy jazz. He is also a classical, flamenco and even 7-string fingerpicker in the styles of Pierre Bensusan, Guy Van Duser, and Baden Powell, among many others. He has led his own ensemble Café Musette since 2001. He has also enjoying a remarkable 17-year, twice-weekly tenure at Lucs Café, Connecticuts most successful French restaurant, in Ridgefield CT.
His recordings are Café Musette, and Melodie: Jazz Manouche & More. CafeMusette.com
Norman Plankey: From his earliest high school bands, with drummer KennyAronoff and guitarist Joe Finn, Norman has been playing forover 50 years; all over the stylistic musical map from Motowncovers, jug-band/homemade string band, Bluegrass/Old Time, toworking with Pete Seeger in the mid-80s. As a bandleader, hehas founded/organized several bands in the swing realm - The Swingaholics (Western Swing), Norman and the Rockwellians(little big band), and Vardo Swing (electric mandolin-drivensmall group swing). With Swing du Jour, Norman is tackling the
devilishly arduous task of rhythm guitar and providing LaPompe (the driving rhythmic pulse).
Eric Van Laer: Eric studied music at St Lawrence University and privately with Dr Lyn Christie,
Linc Chamberland and Michael Moore. He has playedwith the Norwalk Symphony, the RPM Band, TheWaistcoat Rouge Jazz Band, The Bearcats, The AlDiMarco Duo, The Brian Butler Quartet, Cafe Musette,Vardology, and Swing du Jour in addition to freelancingextensively throughout Fairfield, Westchester & NewHaven Counties. He was the house bassist for 15 years at
Ginny Avery's monthly jam sessions.
La Zingara Ristorante (View)
8 PT Barnum Sq, Bethel, CT 06801
Bethel, CT 06801
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