West End Jazz Band |
For the past 38 years, The West End Jazz Band has recreated the classic jazz
music that typifies the 1920s and 1930s using original arrangements and
instrumentation that is true to the style of the era. The band was
organized by Mike Bezin, who had a great love for early jazz.
The repertoire of The West End Jazz Band consists of a broad
representation of the music of this golden age: hot and sweet dance and
jazz. This was back in the days when jazz was the music of the day and
had permeated America’s popular songs.
The West End Jazz Band has been invited to some of the
most prestigious jazz festivals, played concerts throughout the United
States and has also toured Europe twice, which included an important
week-long engagement at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Nice, France.
Leader Mike Bezin is the arranger, vocalist, and also
plays cornet. Leah LaBrea, “The
Windy City Songbird,” plays banjo and sings a bit.
The renowned Dan Levinson is on alto sax and clarinet.
Other members are the steadfast Mike Walbridge on tuba, the stalwart
Frank Gualtieri on trombone, and the very authentic Josh Duffee on drums.
The band has recorded nine CDs.
Come enjoy jazz from the era where it all began with The
West End Jazz Band.