Ed Polcer brings his trumpet and his amazing sidemen to Austin for a special show Sunday February 14th (Valentine’s Day).
The Austin Traditional Jazz Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and performance of Dixieland jazz in Austin and Central Texas. They are bringing Polcer as part of their very popular concert series.
Ed Polcer has become one of the most sought after performers on the jazz festival circuit. He has appeared in hundreds of concerts, festivals and jazz parties throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Ed joined Benny Goodman's Sextet for an American tour in 1973. He has led U.S. tours for Columbia Artists in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Since 1996, Ed's “Magic of Swing Street” has offered classic jazz in its many forms as it was played on New York's fabled West 52nd Street. The show has been performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including four appearances at New York's Lincoln Center. “Lionel, Red & Bunny” was a centennial celebration of legendary jazzmen Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo and Bunny Berigan.
Joining Polcer on stage are Tom Fisher on clarinet and sax. Tom carries on the New Orleans clarinet tradition. He has performed everywhere from Preservation Hall to concert venues across the globe. John Allred on trombone, John A third-generation New Orleans jazz musician, he has played with all the great jazz musicians.
John Cocuzzi, son of a U.S. Marine Band percussionist, breathes new life into familiar tunes. John plays piano and vibraphone and does double duty with his vocals. Frank Tate on Bass has played for years with Ed Polcer at Eddie Condon's club in New York City. He has toured with many jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Pearl Bailey and Bobby Hackett. Rounding out the sextet is Joe Ascione on Drums. Joe is considered by some critics to be the best drummer since Buddy Rich. He has performed with jazz greats and has been recorded on more than 100 CDs.
The show starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. (U.S.183) at Anderson Square. There is ample free parking as well as overflow parking one block south of the venue. Food is available and there is an open bar so plan to make a date of it. Doors open at 1:00pm, Kitchen opens at 1:30-4:00pm Tickets: ATJS Members, $18.00. General Admission, $20.00 Order Tickets by PayPal at www.atjs.org.