Scott Whitfield and Bierjazz at the Bavarian Grill
your New Year's eve with Scott Whitfield and Bierjazz at the
Bavarian Grill. Traditional Jazz shows at 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 and
11:30 Monday evening December 31, 2007.
Featuring Bob Krenkle on Soprano Sax, "Little" Jimmy Brimer on
Clarinet, "Big" Jim Lawrence on Bass and of course Scott
Whitfield on Banjo.
The Bavarian Grill is located in Rousseau Village Shopping
Center on the Northwest corner of US 75 (Central Expressway) and
Parker Rd. in Plano, TX.
Reservations are recommended 972-881-0705.
See you there!
Scott Whitfield, Born to Banjo
Offbeat's Best Of The Beat Award
of all we'd like to wish all of you Happy Holidays.
Once again, Don Vappie has been nominated as BEST TRADITIONAL
JAZZ BAND OR PERFORMER in Offbeat's Best Of The Beat Awards. If
you wish to cast a vote in support of Don & the Creole Jazz
Serenaders, go to the link below and cast your vote.
Either way, thank you for your support and all the best to you
The Creole Jazz Serenaders with Don Vappie
You can now VOTE for the bands and musicians you think have
accomplished the most in 2007--you select our winners--at the
Beat of The Beat ballot that you can access right here -
Editor's Note: Don Vappie is listed under two categories:
Best Traditional Jazz Band or Performer
Years Eve Celebration
be our guest to bring in the New Year with music and fine dining
at the San Franciscan restaurant. Music will begin at
8pm-midnight with Jack Convery & Friends featuring John
Stafford. Call for reservations- (925)934-4831. We will also be
performing with Gary Neuman at the San Franciscan on Monday,
12/17/07, from 6pm-9pm. Happy Holidays!
Jack Convery & Friends' featuring John Stafford
with live music and fine dining at
The San Franciscan
1525 Main Street
Walnut Creek, Ca (925)934-4831
Search of an Old Friend
When I was nine years old in 1963, I played banjo as kind of a
wonder kid at many places in Dallas Texas. In 1965 my father
purchased this banjo at Whittles Music Company in Dallas, TX on
Oak Lawn Blvd. My father said he paid about $1,400.00 back then
but value isn't the issue. I am looking for my old friend. In
March of 1989, someone broke into my home and stole my banjo and
many other things. Those other things could be replaced but my
banjo was a one of a kind.
The pictures are not close up but you
can see pretty good the detail. For a better look at what it
looks like, you can go to:
This is a site that has pictures of rare banjos. This particular
banjo is almost exactly like the one that was stolen. Since each
banjo was custom made, none of them are exactly alike. The major
difference that I see is that mine had a bow on the lower
portion of the resonator.
I am also offering a reward for any information leading to the
recovery of my old friend. If anyone has seen this banjo, please
don't hesitate to contact me. Any information will be held in
Maybe you know of a club, organization, or some type of venue
that could get the word out to look at my listing.
I am happy to chat about this banjo.
Mezoian's New Website
Peter Mezoian is one of America's premier
banjoists. He was featured in
Jazz Banjo Magzine Volume 1 Number 5 as well as
Volume 6 Number 4. Mezoian is in the process of developing
his new website and has an incredible video showing several
clips of his live performances. Although the site is still under
construction it is well worth a visit just to see the video.
Since Peter makes his living mostly on cruise ships, this is a
unique opportunity to see and listen to a fantastic performer.
To hear more of Peter Mezoian go to
Don Stevison's New Banjo Website
Hello Again Everyone,
I want to announce that the
www.banjodon.com web site
is completed and on the web waves! Please do check it out. Have
fun go through it, and thanks!
This was a new adventure for Michelle Novogradac and I, and it
was a lot of fun. There was a lot to learn, frustrations to
overcome, and the true definition of patience to find!
Please do enjoy it. Send it to your friends. Put it on your
"Favorites List." And I hope to see everyone at some banjo event
sometime in 2008!
National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame Museum moving to
As many of you are already aware, for the past year the National
Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame Museum - currently located in
Guthrie, Oklahoma, has been searching for a new home in which to
share its incredible collections with banjo enthusiasts and the
general public alike. After a long search with careful
consideration being given to all aspects of the Museum's long
term success and financial stability, on November 10th the
Museum's Board of Directors approved the purchase of an 18,000
square foot historical building located in the Bricktown arts
and entertainment district in downtown Oklahoma City. In
addition to local sources of funding for this project, Jack
Canine made a major gift to the Museum which will allow the two
million dollar renovation project to begin in early 2008.
As the planning and execution of this renovation and relocation
will place the current Museum facility and staff in a state of
transition during the upcoming year, the Board has decided not
to present the Guthrie Jazz Banjo Festival in 2008. Once the
Museum is settled into its new home, please watch for a new and
exciting banjo festival in Oklahoma City beginning in 2009.
Induction ceremonies for the 2008 National Four-String Banjo
Hall of Fame inductees will take place during the weekend of
April 25th & 26 when Buddy Wachter will be the guest soloist
with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. The specific
date, time and location of the HOF event will be announced very
If you have questions about the Museum or attending the 2008 HOF
ceremonies and Buddy Wachter concert, please don't hesitate to
contact me. Until then, the Museum's Board of Directors would
like to thank the people of Guthrie as well as the banjo players
and enthusiasts who have all made the Guthrie Jazz Banjo
Festival a wonderful event for the past 16 years. Thanks again
and plan on joining us in 2009 in Oklahoma City.
Schreyer Dies at Age 78
Mankato banjoist and former Free Press newsman Lowell H.
Schreyer, 78, died peacefully at his home, November 9, 2007, of
multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November
14, 2007 a
To send condolence to family,
More information on Lowell
can be found at
Jazz Banjo Artist
Shreyer's Home Page
Caddick and Avalon
Sunday Eve Jazz Club
Steve Caddick and Avalon
Steve's Backstage Pass
"One of the world's premier jazz banjo soloists, from
Seekonk, MA., rocks the house with the music of Jolson,
Cantor and favorites of the 20s through 50s."
Show time: 7-9 p.m. Admission: $8. doors @ 6:30
- Banjo Workshop In New Orleans
I'm going to be in the New
Orleans area the weekend of January 12 &13. If there is
sufficient interest, I'll be conducting a half-day banjo
workshop for tenor and plectrum. The workshop cost is $50. Those
who have already signed up are submitting potential topics.
Several topics will be covered. The most requested topic so far
is "How to develop a practice routine."
If you wish to attend, please e-mail me directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll e-mail
back a confirmation and updated information. Deadline for
sign-up is November 4. Seating space is limited so don't get
left out. It'll be a fun time in the "Big Easy." Thanks.
Luetje Gives Banjo Lesson
Learning To Pick And Grin
reaches out to young musicians interested in
"America's fun instrument"
October 19, 2007
A passion for
the banjo has inspired Kirkwood resident Ginny Luetje to
form the first youth banjo band this area has seen in
Recruitment is underway for kids ages 11 to 17, and
experience is not necessary. Luetje will teach
interested youth everything they need to know to play
"America's fun instrument."
Banjos at Farmers Market
Yankee Informer (FYI)
Brad Boon has just announced a new
publication that will go into distribution beginning on January
10th 2008. He says that production is well underway and
that he is getting super cooperation from sources far and wide.
The magazine will be for both tenor and plectrum banjos. It will
be available on a subscription basis of $12 for one year and
subscribers will receive it as an email attachment in PDF
format. The attached publication will have links that will
take the reader directly to online websites.
Specifically geared to the
needs of both tenor and plectrum players, FYI is published for
the 4-string enthusiast who wants to stay abreast of what's
happening in the banjo world, know who some of the best players
are, and learn a variety of techniques that will improve their
banjo playing skills. Most importantly, its current and timely,
and up-to-date in a way that takes banjoing into the next
For more information
contact Brad Boon at:
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