Ulysses S. Jasz
S.B.-based jazz band's 11th anniversary performance.
When: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The James Joyce, 513 State St., Santa Barbara
Cost: Not available
Age limit: Not available
Ulysses Jasz, the Santa Barbara-based traditional jazz band will celebrate
their eleventh year playing swinging jazz at at The James Joyce Irish Pub, 513 State Street, Santa Barbara with a Jazz Party on Saturday 19th December at 7.30pm. Tommy Byrne, the pub's owner, is putting on the event with a complimentary full buffet laid on. Many local jazzers, who have participated in this unique gig will be there. It is sure to be a big night for the traditional jazz aficionados in the area.
The band started as a traditional jazz jam in 1998 and slowly grew into an organized group of eight from all over the Tri-Counties. They are now playing festivals, traditional jazz clubs and concerts on the Central Coast. They have also become a very popular wedding band.
The brilliant clarinet/sax player, Dan Willard hails from Ojai, and fluent trombonist Larry Jones is from Oxnard. Dynamic cornet/fleugel horn player Hershey Bell travels from Newberry Park. Oxnard's Sam 'Piano Man' Hobel's specialties are classic ragtime and stomps. The rhythm section features Lou Spaventa, who divides his time between stand-up bass playing and teaching English at UCSB. Founding member Fred C. Stapp and Larry Fisher share the drumming duties. Commercial artist Frank Franks, who plays archtop guitar and tenor banjo, organizes the ensemble.
The band acquired an eighth member when Hanna, a professional belly-dancer, heard Ulysses, sat in on a couple of songs and, possessing the right sound and feel, joined the band. Her fresh interpretations of The Great American Songbook classics have become an important contribution.
Event posted Nov. 11, 2009
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010