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Bob Mielke’s Oakland A’s Strolling Dixieland Band, 1969-92

By | June 21st, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Jazzed-Up

“We’ve had a really warm response. It’s fun to be able to play to the people directly. Face to face, not through a microphone or anything. It’s just a really rewarding experience.” – Bob Mielke, Interview on Radio KNBR, Nov 1969

Here’s a slice of rollicking Americana from a time and place not so far away.  Or was it?

For nearly a quarter century Oakland A’s Swingers Baseball Band brought vintage jazz to ballpark audiences, Traditional Jazz events and private parties.

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Burp Hollow

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

The Infamous Burp Hollow, San Francisco Nightclub, 1956-66

Musicians and denizens of Burp Hollow in their natural habitat. L to R: Bob Mielke (trombone), Ted Butterman (cornet), Bill Erickson (piano), Pete Allen (bass), Dick Oxtot (banjo) and Bill Napier (clarinet). Courtesy of Ted Butterman. 

A seamy hole in the wall on Broadway — the booming entertainment strip of North Beach — this joint was near the bottom of the long list of jazz rooms flourishing in San Francisco around 1960.”

— Clarinet player Bill Carter, 2014

A Colorful Nightclub and Low Dive 

Hearing the name Burp Hollow today musicians cringe, remembering the bad pay and tiny stage, watered-down booze and unsavory owner, a wheel chair-bound former Mafioso.

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Remembering Buck Clayton (2018)

By | March 21st, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Swing Era Trumpeter Buck Clayton

“The prettiest cat I ever saw” — Billie Holiday.

Swing era trumpet player Buck Clayton (1911-1991) is best known for his role in the early success of Count Basie and his Orchestra and his sensitive accompaniment for Billie Holiday’s records. Clayton was the son of a tuba-playing minister, and yet because he had some Native-American blood his mother called him “Buck.” Contemporaries recalled his notable good looks, grand sartorial style, and striking blue-green eyes that won him the nickname “Cat Eyes.”

Compared to other trumpet stars of the 1930s, Buck’s sound was more streamlined, smoother and intimate.

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