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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 -

Wild Bill: The Gunslinger

WIld Bill:  The Gunslinger
In September 1963, between gigs with the Salt City Six, WIld Bill Davison and some musicians played at a private party in Aspen, Colo.  As he was leaving, the host, knowing Bill was a gun collector, gave Bill a .357 magnum pistol and a .22 caliber pistol.  The host had even provided bullets. On the way to the airport, the drunken musicians loaded the guns and took some shots out the bus windows.

Original Dixieland Jass Band Legacy


ABC-TV's Hootenanny Show

In 1964, one of the most popular tv shows was ABC-TV’s Hootenanny TV show. On 1/31/64, the band was offered to appear on the show for $4,000 . The producer wanted one tune for 3 1/2 minutes. Later, I told the producer we decided on "South Rampart St. Parade". He said he wanted it done in 2 1/2 minutes.

The Beginnings - by Pat Carroll, Editor, JASS

Bob Cousins was there when it all began. He was a drummer in the Syracuse University Marching Band ("100 men and a girl") in the early 50's. As "Cuz" recalls the historic moment,  "We were taking a break in the nighttime formation rehearsal when my friend, Jack Maheu and I began fooling around with  'After You've Gone' with field drum and clarinet ! A trumpet player (Don Hunt) wandered over and joined in, contributing to the extemporaneous effort with wonderful time-oriented phrasing and great wit.