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When the Salt City Five cofounder and trombonist, WIll Alger, died in
1992 at 66, his close friend, Charlie Mussen, commented in JazFax,
“The number one musical influence on Will’s life was Jack Teagarden. Jack could do no wrong as far as Will was concerned. He had no patience for someone who criticized his idol.”

Gap Mangione Into Rochester Music Hall of Fame

The Rochester Music Hall Of Fame has announced its class of 2015 inductees will include jazz pianist, and former Salt City Six allum, Gap Mangione. The induction ceremony will be held the at Eastman Theatre on Sunday, April 26. Other inductees are jazz bassist Ron Carter; Gibson Guitar CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz; concert singer William Warfield; and soul singers, Wilmer & the Dukes. The Personnel section of this website has an extensive writeup on Gap’s career including his time with the Six.

Jack Maheu and the Dukes of Dixieland

After joining the Dukes of Dixieland, Jack Maheu performed and recorded on the Audio Fidelity releases of volumes 2 thru 9 in the late 50's. He was on the stereo only recordings and Harold Cooper was on their LP (Hi-Fi) versions of those same volumes. Originally, those recordings were made in Hi-Fi because stereo was yet to be developed but in 1957 Sid Frey, owner of Audio Fidelity, was the first to produce a "stereo" album which was with the Dukes of Dixieland and Jack had replaced Harold for those remakes.

Chance of A Lifetime - 1952

Chance of A Lifetime - October 16, 1952
by Arnold Koch (Written while a student at Colgate U.)

Vince Falcone: A Stop On A Remarkable Career

Who would have known that the pianist with the Salt City Six at the Halfway House in Eagle Bay, N.Y. in 1965 would go on to have a stellar career working with some of the top names in show business. His name was Vince Falcone. The band on that engagement at the Halfway House included Jack Maheu, Danny D’Imperio, Paul Squire, Jim Butler and Bud Coltrane.

World's Youngest Drummer



A Cold Reception in Labrador



Here's To The Agents

The Five At Center Court

 On February 27, 1953, I phoned the manager of the Syracuse War Memorial (Leo Ferris) and made a deal for “WIll Alger and the Salt City Five” to play at center court at half time and before and after the NBA game between Syracuse and Indianapolis for $100 plus 30 cents for each admission over 4,000. (The “Broadway Clowns” were also on the bill. Unfortunately, only 3800 turned out.  Must have been the Clowns fault !  You can see the ad for the event on the final page of the Scrapbook.) 



 May 15, 1953 was a busy day for the FIve, as my diary entry shows -