'The Gospel of Jazz Accordion to John' plays Southern Jazz, and I (Johnny Accordion) play my 1954 Italo-American Polytone accordion and my 1945 SS Stewart archtop guitar and sing. I am joined by the Jass brothers, Hugh and Lar, on bass and drums, and when the budget allows I like to bring in a horn player, from trombone to clarinet, trumpet to sax, depending on availability and the client's tastes. We play a fairly traditional set list, from Duke Ellington to Monk, Satchmo to Jobim, and also add some Jazz/Americana songs, all very toe-tapping and dancable. And of course, I like to play a few Jazz versions of some well know Gospel tunes.
Price Range: $350 and up.
Hello, my name is John Keith, aka Johnny Accordion, and I am the leader of the band. I grew up near Winter Park, Florida, playing in the band including the Winter Park HS Jazz band, which was where I first fell in love with music. I moved onto Annapolis MD where I attended St. John's College and played in many bands, and remained in the area playing music till I moved to Albuquerque NM and started playing some 'Gypsy" jazz, a fast yet melodic interpretation. About 12 years ago I returned to my roots here in central Florida and play in several bands, but none that quite capture what I feel jazz is all about; a little more about melody and rhythym, and just a tad slower, to be honest, though of course, not always. Sultry, hot and happy and sad, dark and light. Songs of the south are accentuated in the band, as well as a few gospel tunes that I really enjoy, played in a jazz style. We love playing live, and hope we get a chance to play for you. Thanks, sincere regards, Johnny Accordion
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