We paused as UN peacekeepers rolled onto the battleground that jazz critics and musicians inhabit these days. Our intafada against Kenny G, and the shelling by the Downtown artists halted as the Lincoln Center’s uptown brigade reloaded. The multinational squad was made up of Dr. Ted Borodofsky and his Southern Jazz band. Out of their unarmed transports came the music of Dixieland swing. His jazz, an authentic group swing, caused a cessation of all aggression. Yes, jazz was once a happy music and this collection of Paducah, Kentucky musicians was showing us the jazz version of the Jimmy Stewart film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Clarinetist Dr. Ted Borodofsky, a practicing Ophthalmologist, weaves sweet lines around the strong trumpet of Jerry Ford (the consultant, not the ex-president) while bass trombonist Ray Cissell supplies the heart and soul of the band. For the cynic, professional and amateur alike, there’s no argument that this music played with sincerity and love is the essence of jazz.
Track List:Sweet Georgia Brown; Bye Bye Blackbird; Makin’ Whoopie; Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet; Amazing Grace; Heart Of My Heart; Margie; Up A Lazy River; Georgia On My Mind; Oh, Lady Be Good; Peace Like A River; Tin Roof Blues; You Are My Sunshine; Home Sweet Home.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.