Personnel

Pat Todd, Band Leader

Pat joined Tuxedo Junction in 1989 as the piano player in what was then a Dixieland Band.  She took over as band leader in 1995.  Pat grew up in Pittsburgh where her grandmother taught her piano.  As a career she taught high school and college math, and is now active in the Guilford Rotary and the Leetes Island Garden Club.  She is a member of the national board for Action to Cure Kidney Cancer. 

Saxes

Fritz Hansen

“I started in the band as a substitute – I’ve played for a couple months off and on. I first heard about Tuxedo Junction from Charlie Weyant. My favorite things about it is the music we play, and having a good audience every week.

“Live music is special because it’s real people playing music, and things can happen – good and bad things, but usually good things. My advice for young musicians is to work really, really hard at it. You’ll be glad you did.”

Angela Koeth

I came to the Cherry Blossom Festival four years ago and Tuxedo Junction was playing. I told Pat that I played sax, and she invited me to the band’s rehearsal at Bill’s. I’ve been in Tuxedo Junction ever since. My favorite thing about it is that the people in the band really love music. It’s special because any song we play will be different every time.

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Dave Arezzini

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Joe Noble

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Dustin Kreidler

I joined Tuxedo Junction in October 2011. I was working at the Neighborhood Music School one Sunday when I met Pat. She needed a sub the next day and said to me, “Hey, do you want to come to our rehearsal and play sax?” and I said, “Sure!” I’ve been with the band ever since.

“Music is the best.” – Frank Zappa

I’ve played most genres imaginable, from jazz to metal to space rock to protest folk to cover bands. Any chance to play live, I’m in.

Trumpets

John Listorti

I’ve been in the band twenty years, and I’ve been playing the trumpet since seventh grade. I like the place we play and the people we play with. Live music is ALWAYS better than a recording – it’s more fun to watch people playing live than listening to a recording.

Charlie Delinks

Charlie Delinks joined Tuxedo Junction in 2005 when he was asked to sub by Eva Cheshire, who is now his wife. He’s been playing with the band regularly since 2015.

When did you start playing the trumpet?

I’ve been playing the trumpet since I was 10, so for over 60 years. Music is more important to me now than it was when I was younger. I was supposed to be a music major in the ‘60s but I never wanted to play in a marching band or in an orchestra pit. I’m 72 now, and I’m still getting better. Eva and I are husband and wife now and are in two bands together – we run one band ourselves. We’re very lucky to share that interest, to have that bond – music.

Do you prefer live or recorded music?

Live music. It’s a living thing. You’ll hear mistakes that you don’t hear on a record, and you’ll hear things that are excellent that have never been done before such as ad libs and solos. Sometimes you hear what has never been played before. It’s been made up right there, on the spot. That kind of chemistry doesn’t happen on a recording that is carefully edited. 

What do you like most about playing with the band?

Tuxedo Junction is a fun band, pretty low pressure. It’s a lively, friendly environment so there’s no stress – everybody is happy, the audience is happy, the band’s happy. It’s basically like a family band: everybody knows each other, works together.

What advice do you  have for someone learning a new instrument?

Don’t give up when the novelty wears off a little bit. Just put in the time – you have to pay your dues, But then, all of a sudden, you’re making music. Too many kids give up when the blush is off and it’s become a little bit of work. When you start getting better it’s more work, more practice – but it’s worth it.

Eva Cheshire

I heard about Tuxedo Junction at the Essex Jazz Festival over 20 years ago, and have been in the band ever since. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a relaxed group of people, and everybody is here to have fun.

There are a lot of good musicians in the band. We’re really lucky to have a wonderful woman who runs this band. That is part of what makes it a lot of fun, too.

Danny Moss

Danny is excited to play trumpet with the Tuxedo Junction big band! He grew up listening to the jazz greats from an early age and fell in love with Bebop when he first began to play the trumpet at age 10. Danny attended New Trier high school in Winnetka, Illinois and Oberlin College. He was ordained as a Rabbi in 2017 and currently serves Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison.

Trombones

Harvey Martin

I played the trombone in Bridgeport’s Black Rock School.  In Bassick High I won the Sousa Award. And while majoring in Pharmacy at UConn, I played in every band I could – concert, perp, marching, etc. When family and career took over,  I stopped playing for more than 20 years. But I started playing again with Tuxedo Junction. 

I have been playing with Tuxedo Junction for 15 years. My wife of 42 years, Joanne, co-sponsored the production of the band’s album and when I looked at the cover, I recognized one of my co-workers, Amanda Caswell. At work the next day, I told Amanda that I play the trombone, and she invited me to the next rehearsal. Pat needed a trombonist that night, and I’ve been there ever since. 

I love the music, the timeless genre, the big band sound.  And I love the camaraderie. I was able to jump right in and play. We’re not over-rehearsed – we have fun, and it all works. 

There’s an advantage for everyone being part of the live music scene. You get a good appreciation of the performer. There’s nothing like live music.

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Jim Beers

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Anne Jurewicz

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Tom Boates

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Rhythm

Dennis Amato

Drums

Dennis Amato joined Tuxedo Junction in 2016, invited to join after he had been listening to the band for about a year.

What do you like most about playing with the band?

“Music is a passion for everyone who plays an instrument. And when you see someone play, they are sharing their passion with others. Music is what unites people in love and in sorrow. The live band, the band itself, the flavor it puts on the musical piece, a lot of times you’re not playing exactly like the record, sometimes it’s better than the record. The atmosphere – it’s like the difference between watching baseball on TV and going to see the game.”

When did you start playing the drums?

“I started taking lessons as a kid from my cousin Artie. When I was 13, I wanted to give it up for football. But I didn’t have the guts to tell him, so I stuck with it. When I was 15 my dad would take me to the Italian American Club in West Haven, and I started playing cha chas and mambos. I got paid $15 a night, and I was sold – I played there for 9 months and then, when I got my drivers license, started playing with other bands. I eventually started playing with a classmate in the band Bitter Sweet, and that’s when I really started to play professionally.”

What’s your advice for someone learning a new instrument?

“Be patient, and stick with it. It takes a lot of practice, but there comes a point when you can play with your heart, and you can make a beautiful sound that all people can enjoy.”

Tony Saccavino

Guitar