, Gloucester, MA


March 21, 2013

Swing with band on new dance floor

The Lanesville Community Center continues its March celebration of world famous trumpeter and Lanesville native Sylvester “Hooley” Ahola with a dance on its new dance floor, on Saturday, March 23, featuring the seven-piece jazz and swing band The Seacoast Stompers.

The band will be playing Hooley’s music in his old neighborhood from 8 to 11 p.m. at the center, which is the former Ahola dairy barn, located at 8 Vulcan St. in Gloucester. The band, formed at the Acton Jazz Cafe, consists of members who have played hot Trad (Dixie and Swing) with national players and groups for decades. They are Scott Philbrick on cornet, who counted Hooley among his friends and knows his music as well as anyone; Craig Ball, on clarinet, of the White Heat Swing Orchestra; Lee Prager, on trombone, playing in the Dixie style; Dave Whitney, trumpet and vocals; Albie Bernard, who has used his Sousaphone “brass bass” in Trad gigs all over the region; Frank Stadler on piano; and Bill Reynolds on drums.

Ahola (1902-1995), a classic jazz trumpeter and cornetist, performed in England and the United States before returning to his native Gloucester.

Tickets are $10 in advance at Gloucester Music on Main Street and at Plum Cove Grind in Lanesville, and $12 at the door. There will be beer and wine on sale. For more information about this, and other events, and for directions, visit:

Annisquam’s annual talent show

The Annisquam Village Players have rescheduled the talent show that was postponed because of the February blizzard. It will take place this Saturday, March 23. This ninth annual benefit talent show is presented by the long-standing Annisquam Village Players at the Annisquam Village Hall. The potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and features more than 20 acts by local performers of all ages, many of whom have graced the stages in the annual summer shows of the Annisquam Village Players.

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